Originally posted by djohnsto77
Wow I'm amazed so many people who lived through the 60's are still alive...
Ha! I am reminded of the phrase: " If you remember the 60's, you weren't really
1. ( I will u2u my name) June 29, 1952, a small town in north Georgia.
2. Many of my 'main events' were connected with family and school....vacations with aunts and uncles, Christmas with gatherings of my Mother's
large family, school plays, school sports events, Church events, getting my drivers license, going to the prom ...things like that were a large part
of our lives in a small rural town.
On a larger, world scale I recall there was much discussion of Kennedy's election. Then there was the Cuban missle crisis- that led to 'duck
and cover' drills at school, and a huge movement of troops through our area.....Hwy 41, the 'Florida corridor' thru GA was a constant stream of
army convoys. Then came JFK's assination...I was in the 6th grade...we stayed home from school and watched the funeral on TV- in black and white.
In the latter part of the 60's, the war in Vietnam was constantly in the news.
Also got to watch the moon landing live at an 'all night open house' deal arranged by a nearby college.
3. I lived in a small, rural town. I was in elementary school at the start of the 60's, and graduated from high school in 1970. My parents worked
in cotton/carpet industry....they were the first generation off of the farm.
4-13. My memories of fashion and music are not so easy to recall in a year by year order: In the early 60's I watched Dick Clark on b&w TV and wore
bobby socks and saddle shoes. I remember the older guys(16-17) wearing Elvis's hair style and 'peg leg' blue jeans.
I missed the Beatles the night they were on the Ed Sulivan show ( a Sunday night...I was at church ) and every one was talking about it at school
the next day!
I watched Hullabaloo, wore the go-go boots ( the mini skirts were still a no-no at my house, till the later 60's, when I started rolling the waist
band up after I got to school...lol!). Then there was also the wildly flowered bell bottoms!
I listened to WLS ( rock n roll radio station ) out of Chicago at night while doing my home work. I also loved the Monkees, and Paul Revere and
14. The debate itself I do not recall seeing.
15. One of the other teachers came into our room and whispered something to our teacher. She turned her back to us and began to cry. When she had
composed herself, she turned to us and announced that the president had been shot. We sat in stunned silence.
16. When Dr. King was killed, there were concernes that there would be riots, but there were none locally. His family was from Atlanta, and as I
recall the city as a whole responed with respect and great sadness, but no violence.
17. It seemed to be more light spirited....more about peace and love (? with some protest thrown in..remember "Alice's Restaurant" and Country Joe
and the Fish?) Not so dark and hard....there seemed to be more of a back yard band feel to some of the groups, not so much of a corporate driven
business feel that seems to be there now...or maybe not....
18. Most ideas we had about hippies came from the news.... they were protesters, draft dodgers that wouldn't work and smoked weed all day ( so
said). I sympathized with their war protests, as well as some of their 'radical' politics, but I was surrounded by 'establishment
types'. On a class trip to Atlanta, several of us bought copies of the "Great Speckled Bird" ( a news paper then published by the Atlanta hippie
community). After we got back on the bus, I saw that the Principal was confiscating the other copies...so I quickly sat on my copy, so that as he
passed my seat, I could spread my empty, newspaperless hands to show him I did not have one.
19. Was not there, and did not really take notice till later. I had gone to college for a pre-graduation "enrichment" program and had my nose
buried in books for most of that time.
20. It was pretty big. Ali was still Cassius Clay....much to do went on about his name change and his refusal to go into the military. I was no
boxing fan but I knew who he was and that he had beaten Sonny Liston for the title.
21. I'm not too much on sports...but I did watch the first Superbowl...Greenbay won. Atlanta got the Milwakee Braves....they were not so hot back
then. I watched Northern Dancer set the Derby record of 2 minutes flat in '64...(it may have been broken since then).