Laminate is a man-made product that looks like wood but isn’t. It’s usually made of plastic that has been printed to look like wood. It’s typically a very affordable alternative to higher-end wood tables, but laminate that’s not high end can look very cheap very quickly. It also tends to have very poor resale value and not be as high quality. That said, there was a lot of laminate used during the 60s, and some of the better-made pieces have survived to this day.
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I met a flower child friend of friends in the early seventies who worked for a year or two as a call girl in hollywood. One of her gigs was to be naked in a bathtub in the Capitol Record building at a party spraying water on her clitoris and pretending she was getting off to add to the party atmosphere. She said she had Danny Thomas as a client for awhile - he wanted to be called "Danello". His thing was that she was to leave a glass of orange juice on the counter in the kitchen and her door unlocked at a certain time. He would come in and drink the orange juice, then she would come out from another room and "discover" him and be angry as though he was a bad child. The whole routine would end up with him literally kissing her ass on the couch.