Sal- I do remember when there were Beetles everywhere. I also remember some people liked to steal the "emblem" off the front hood, until VW no longer included them with the vehicle.
I never owned one, but a friend of mine did, and I drove it often. It was a mid-seventies model, had more creature comforts than earlier models. For what it was, it was perfect, always reliable, fun to drive, handled well, no rattles, no sqeaks....as long as you didn't want to go fast. They were extremely underpowered, but that was in keeping with the minimalistic design. Great cars.