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Old 01-18-2018, 07:46 PM   #1
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1968: those of US who LIVED through IT

Well, it's the 50th Anniversary of that god-forsaken year...

I've seen the birthdays list off & on, so I know there are some of us who endured it; younger and older than me (64).
Oh, everyone's welcome! Get some first hand stories from outside of your families who might have talked about it.
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I'd like memories of where you were, how you felt about the different events that shook America, and the World around the dates each event happened.

What I don't want is trolling, or long, ranting political diatribes from any trump supporters, other Conservatives, or far left folks.
Of course, politics is all part if this, so short, more quiet comments are fine.

This thread is for memories and consoling, esp because how thing are currently.

Details later in the year- I just finished RFK: A Raging Spirit by Chris Mathews. A good read, very insightful, learned a lot, and sad.

Upcoming near events are Tet Offensive and LBJ's not rerunning.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:22 PM   #2
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One other thought. It'll be interesting to see how those of us boomers might have reacted somewhat differently according to whether we were in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Third (set) of this time, generational bracket.

Once I remember the journalist's name I'll add her comment about this.
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:01 PM   #3
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Where to start? In the summer of '68, I went to my first concert to see The Doors. My second concert was seeing The Jimi Hendrix Experience. 1968 was a great year, music
wise. Politically and culture wise it was a horrible year. Dr. King, then Bobby Kennedy was killed. Riots and cities being burned down. Cops beating up on anti-war or any
kind of demonstrators. No end in sight in the war in Vietnam. I was in junior high school. I fondly remember telling this girl in my English class "you remind me of Janis,"
and she then jumped on my lap and kissed me saying, "that is so sweet...thank you.
I was a Communist for a few months. To sum it up..1968 had some nice moments, but
overall it was a horrible bloody year.
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Hey, thanks for dropping by.

I was in my sophomore year in HS. My first concert was back in 65 (taken by friend's father) but it was the first time (out of 3 times that year) I saw The Who. In fact the last of their 3 shows in the NYC area The Who were 2nd out of 3 bands. The Doors were the headliners! But Morrison was drunk, or too stoned and left the stage after a few songs. People stated throwing chairs My friend and I got out of there quickly!

Concerts and hanging out w friends etc were the bright spots in a horrific year!

And my HS was situated between the north and south campus of a city college, so there was stuff involving that as well.
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More thoughts about my first concert in 1968 seeing The Doors.
There were rumors Jim Morrison was dead floating around. I had read
abut the riots at previous shows. So, I didn't know what to expect.
I was relieved, when I saw Morrison waiting offstage to come on.
It was in Asbury Park, NJ where I saw them. I believe it was August 31,
1968.
Anyways, the show went on smoothly, until Morrison discovered he could make girls scream by jumping off the stage. He did it twice. I remember
Ray Manzarek looked a bit pissed at Morrison's antics.
They closed the show with "Light My Fire." I was really hoping to hear
"The End" though.
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More thoughts about my first concert in 1968 seeing The Doors.
There were rumors Jim Morrison was dead floating around. I had read
abut the riots at previous shows. So, I didn't know what to expect.
I was relieved, when I saw Morrison waiting offstage to come on.
It was in Asbury Park, NJ where I saw them. I believe it was August 31,
1968.
Anyways, the show went on smoothly, until Morrison discovered he could make girls scream by jumping off the stage. He did it twice. I remember
Ray Manzarek looked a bit pissed at Morrison's antics.
They closed the show with "Light My Fire." I was really hoping to hear
"The End" though.
I'm so jealous. I wasn't around for that, but in my teen years I went through a Doors/Jim Morrison phase (long after he died). Thought he was very attractive. Plus when you're a teen you like those messed up dangerous brooding guys.

Some women never get over that phase. Maybe they should consult that Houston preacher.
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I'm so jealous. I wasn't around for that, but in my teen years I went through a Doors/Jim Morrison phase (long after he died). Thought he was very attractive. Plus when you're a teen you like those messed up dangerous brooding guys.

Some women never get over that phase. Maybe they should consult that Houston preacher.
I was lucky. My first concert turned out to be The Doors. Morrison definitely
had charisma. Most of the night, he hardly moved just hung on to the microphone stand and sang. I had the biggest crush on Grace Slick.
I guess so did a lot of teen guys.
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Yeah, I could see that about GS.

As 1968 Big Politics goes yesterday or Tues was when President Johnson said he was not running for reelection!
It was SO shocking to most people, even to many professionals following politics! It's rare to not run for a second term.
My jaw was hanging open watching on our modest size B&W TV.

Eugene McCarthy was already in the race. But I was listening to then pretty liberal radio host "the father of talk radio" Barry Gray here in NYC, who'd had on many of RFK's close and newer aides. I was hoping he'd get into the race.

Anyway it was a wild evening. I should look up the NYT, and the then liberal leaning New York Post ! This was not your Sean Hannity's, Fox News, Limbaugh's paper of the day back then! I definitely was reading the NYP almost every day, especially because of it's liberal leaning columnists.
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