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Revisiting the 60's

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    For all of us of a certain age- what are your most striking memories of the 1960's?

    Anyone younger than dirt, what do you think is the most interesting aspect?

    Some of my favorites-cutting the waist band off Levi's (back in fashion recently). Flower Power stickers. Moby Grape. Hitchhiking to the demolition derby.

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    Steam locomotives and first generation diesel locomotives, and GG-1's.

    Boeing 727 and 707's and DC-8's.

    The X-15, B-58's, XB-71's, F-4s, . . . .

    The Gemini and Apollo programs, and the first and second landings on the moon.

    The Vietnam War.

    Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon, Orits Wenga. :biggrin:

    Various towns/cities in which I lived.

    Civil rights movement, segregation, and busing

    Assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

    Riots of '68 in US cities.

    The creation of the Penn Central from the Pennsylvania and NY Central RR (and New Haven). :grumpy: What a disaster that became (Bankruptcy in June of 1970).

    Chicago, Richard Daley and the Democratic Convention :rolleyes:


    Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, Howard K. Smith, Frank Reynolds

    Geez I could go on and on.
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    Fleetwood Mac (the original blues line-up)
    Buffalo Springfield
    Simon and Garfunkel


    Easy Rider (OK movie, GREAT soundtrack!)

    Muscle cars

    mini skirts
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    Mini-skirts and fishnet stockings!!
    Coats with fringe on the arms
    Black and white TV
    AM radio
    Flower power
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    Musicwise - my interests varied from the classical side (my father's influence) to The Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel to Moody Blues to Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to Iron Butterfly to Marvin Gaye and Motown.

    My father bought me an LP of Beethoven's 9th Symphony as a birthday gift. He had a very nice LP collection himself.

    My first LP album that I bought myself was - Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida! :biggrin:

    My parents were not pleased. :rolleyes. I then began collecting the Moody Blues.

    Days of Future Passed, To Our Children's Children's Children, A Question of Balance (1970), On the Threshold of a Dream in order of preference and others came later in the early 70's
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    That was my first album as well. My parents were particularly displeased with the drum solo. Turns out the musician was so wasted he couldn't pronounce "In the Garden of Eden" without slurring during the recording. The slurred name stuck.
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    We had lots of albums like the Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers, etc, but the first album I bought on my own (instead of the more affordable 45s) was "The Sounds of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel. LOTS of nice tunes on that album.
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    My parents objected to the volume especially when Braunn (Brann) did the guitar distortion. That was great though. I particularly like Ingles's electric organ. I had started piano and organ lessons but eventually gave up due to lack of patience, and frustration at not being able to do my own thing - which was rock.
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    sparkling eye shadow

    mini & midi skirts

    hot pants

    gogo boots

    baby doll shoes

    bell bottoms

    Bob Dylan

    Underground FM Radio

    psychedelic light shows

    All of the underground bands
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    I hereby nominate the mini skirt as mankind's the Best Invention EVER.
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    The pill has to rank up there, too. It pill sure took a lot of the societal risk off the ladies and leveled the playing field a bit.
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    Kent State
    Selma Alabama
    POWs and MIAs
    Cuban Missile Crisis

    Moon landing and the space program generally. It was always such a thrill to watch those Saturn Vs launch.
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    and halter tops. Girls started wearing those so the schools started imposing dress codes. Some schools had restrictions on hair length for boys. :rolleyes: The codes varied from high school to high school.

    When I was in 10th grade a senior girl, who was taking advanced German, sat next to me in my intro German class. She wore the shortest skirts! Geez, was that distracting. Her plunging necklines didn't help either. I could concentrate, but not on German.

    I had some bell bottoms and tree pants, but stuck mostly with jeans. We could wear sandles, but I usully wore desert boots or sneakers to the point where the seams were mostly ripped.

    With respect to the Viet Nam war I remember the Tet Offensive, then the My Lai massacre.

    I got to know a Vet who lived down the street and spent a lot of time with him learning a lot about the war, combat, . . . . He had a Chinese AK-47 and some ordnance. Ultimately the FBI showed up, after one of friends discharge the AK through the second floor and roof, and confiscated stuff.
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    Mother wearing a shiny silver dress with matching shoes, eye shadow and earrings.

    Photographers that took your picture when you went to a dinner house for a special occasion.

    Johnny Carson at his best.

    Using (empty) frozen juice containers to curl your hair.

    And, yes, "turn that down!" as a parental greeting.
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    Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
    Captain Kangaroo
    "Blowin' in the Wind" as sung by Peter Paul and Mary
    People in VWs flashing peace signs at each other.
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    I see a few original VW Bugs in the city now and again. They always prompt a smile.
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    Hoola Hoops
    Pogo Sticks
    Yo Yos
    Lincoln Logs
    Rubber band powered, balsa wood airplanes
    Walkie Talkies
    Lionel Train sets
    Cox airplanes

    vacuum tubes
    powered speakers
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    I remember all of that stuff! LOL.

    Twister - with the girls from the neighborhood. :biggrin:

    The Ed Sullivan Show!

    Beverly Hillbillies
    Petticoat Junction
    Green Acres

    The original Star Trek

    Lone Ranger
    Cisco Kid
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    YEP!!! :rofl::rofl::rofl: [Pam and Rita :tongue2: edit, okay, and Barbara and Judy...and Sue...]

    The Wonderful World of Disney
    Wild Kingdom
    King Family Christmas specials [which I never really liked. And why; what did they ever do besides Christmas specials?]
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