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hamsterjill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 11:16 AM
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29. "Hippies"
I grew up in the 60's in a very conservative, redneck town in Texas. I remember the dinner table discussions always centered around the war in Viet Nam and the "hippies".

My father was a pretty progressive dude for his era. He thought the war was ridiculous and openly worried about the young men being killed because of it. But he didn't understand young men wanting to grown their hair long. He didn't understand the "love ins" or the peace marches.

As I grew up, I realized that I had a whole lot more in common with the hippies than the rednecks!
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  -What was life like in the sixties? I'm 41 so... Taverner  Jun-22-11 07:07 PM   #0 
  - The early sixties were very different from the end of the decade.  femmocrat   Jun-22-11 07:31 PM   #1 
  - I lived through the 60s, and believe me, life is a whole  RebelOne   Jun-22-11 07:33 PM   #2 
  - I remember 25 cent gas in 1969  Angry Dragon   Jun-22-11 08:18 PM   #8 
  - Yep, we had a gigantic Buick LeSabre with  Z_I_Peevey   Jun-23-11 06:50 AM   #23 
  - 25 cents and a free glass tumbler  LiberalEsto   Jun-23-11 01:16 PM   #39 
  - Gas station pumps only had 2 digits (and the 1/10 digit). It was a big deal to add the 1$ digit.  Kablooie   Jun-23-11 11:27 AM   #30 
  - The massacre at Tlatelolco in 1968 was my defining moment  Xipe Totec   Jun-22-11 07:40 PM   #3 
  - Wow - I remember studying that  Taverner   Jun-22-11 10:12 PM   #16 
  - No one in the U.S. knows about that  KamaAina   Jun-23-11 11:10 AM   #28 
     - meh  Kali   Jun-23-11 11:14 PM   #64 
        - Congratulations on being smarter than everyone else.  stevedeshazer   Jun-24-11 12:12 AM   #68 
           - ?  Kali   Jun-24-11 07:31 PM   #74 
  - It was a bumpy rollercoaster ride with big ups and downs  struggle4progress   Jun-22-11 07:48 PM   #4 
  - There was an enormous amount of change during that decade.  The Velveteen Ocelot   Jun-22-11 07:53 PM   #5 
  - The President (a Democrat) was a former US Senator Majority leader from  madinmaryland   Jun-22-11 08:08 PM   #6 
  - It was very hard to get hold of books. Buffalo & Erie County had an  hedgehog   Jun-22-11 08:14 PM   #7 
  - It was like this...  Bennyboy   Jun-22-11 08:44 PM   #9 
  - Unable to verify your conjecture that porn was grainy.  dimbear   Jun-22-11 08:51 PM   #10 
  - The draft affected almost every man (and family) as the decade went on.  JohnnyLib2   Jun-22-11 09:03 PM   #11 
  - Thank you. I was going to mention the draft, but you beat me to it. nt  raccoon   Jun-23-11 07:47 AM   #24 
  - Exciting, as well as turbulent.  luv_mykatz   Jun-22-11 09:09 PM   #12 
  - OJ Simpson was admired back then. That was different.  Kablooie   Jun-23-11 11:33 AM   #33 
  - I used to see OJ quite a bit back in the 80s, pre-murder.  kwassa   Jun-23-11 10:16 PM   #62 
  - You're right. We DID have hope.  LiberalEsto   Jun-23-11 01:25 PM   #41 
  - You know, we really do need to pass the ERA  Taverner   Jun-23-11 03:16 PM   #48 
  - I started voicing my lack of hope just tonight. Seem like it will only get very bad or  Stardust   Jun-24-11 12:45 AM   #69 
  - That is the way I remembered the 60s.  lumpy   Jun-23-11 01:56 PM   #42 
  - I was a kid and young teen, and lived in the DEEEEP South, so it was conflicted.  nolabear   Jun-22-11 09:09 PM   #13 
  - I went from young teen to adult in the '60s  rurallib   Jun-22-11 09:53 PM   #14 
  - Sex, drugs and rock and roll. I loved every second.  ohiosmith   Jun-22-11 10:11 PM   #15 
  - And the best  Seedersandleechers   Jun-23-11 03:53 PM   #51 
     - And a dime lid was a full ounce cleaned of stems. Those were the days.  ohiosmith   Jun-23-11 04:45 PM   #53 
  - As a boy, I was obsessed with the space program,  trackfan   Jun-22-11 10:21 PM   #17 
  - I'm only 43 but i think it was something like this  Tabasco_Dave   Jun-22-11 10:36 PM   #18 
  - cool  Enrique   Jun-23-11 11:28 AM   #31 
  - I was born in 1948  mysuzuki2   Jun-22-11 10:49 PM   #19 
  - News reports are protests and body counts  MrScorpio   Jun-22-11 10:51 PM   #20 
  - There was a huge difference between early 60's and  Philippine expat   Jun-22-11 10:54 PM   #21 
  - Here's what college students looked like in 1963-64  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-22-11 11:08 PM   #22 
  - It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.  sarge43   Jun-23-11 08:36 AM   #25 
  - Intense is the word. The best of times and the worst of times  lumpy   Jun-23-11 02:06 PM   #43 
     - Three moments  sarge43   Jun-23-11 02:49 PM   #44 
  - I remember great music, moon landing, peace movement...  edbermac   Jun-23-11 09:45 AM   #26 
  - I can't remember  graywarrior   Jun-23-11 10:08 AM   #27 
  - ...  Highway61   Jul-01-11 08:34 AM   #82 
  - "Hippies"  hamsterjill   Jun-23-11 11:16 AM   #29 
  - Animation wasn't considered a career and wasn't taught in schools.  Kablooie   Jun-23-11 11:30 AM   #32 
  - I turned 18 in 1970, so I experienced that decade from a  LibDemAlways   Jun-23-11 11:44 AM   #34 
  - Girls were hot and...  El Supremo   Jun-23-11 11:53 AM   #35 
  - LOL!  pinboy3niner   Jun-23-11 12:06 PM   #36 
  - Oh man! Valley chicks! Every Saturday night my room mates and I would go to the Hullabaloo on  ohiosmith   Jun-23-11 05:00 PM   #55 
  - Hey I like Sherman Oaks girls!  Taverner   Jun-23-11 12:19 PM   #37 
  - +1  sarcasmo   Jun-23-11 03:03 PM   #45 
  - I became VERY car aware, and began my career in racing while in high school  DainBramaged   Jun-23-11 12:57 PM   #38 
  - In 1969 I remember I had a rocking horse and our house had a shiny brown floor  cherish44   Jun-23-11 01:17 PM   #40 
  - I was 2 in 69 too :) .  sarcasmo   Jun-23-11 03:04 PM   #46 
  - Found a journal entry from about a year ago on this subject (or at least aspects of it):  abq e streeter   Jun-23-11 03:04 PM   #47 
  - I don't think I would have made it thru those times without the music.  Stardust   Jun-24-11 12:50 AM   #70 
  - For me, the '60s are when the music changed.  SalviaBlue   Jun-23-11 03:32 PM   #49 
  - The parenting was very different.  pamela   Jun-23-11 03:46 PM   #50 
  - Free love, man!  NV Whino   Jun-23-11 04:42 PM   #52 
  - And you got to see all of your friends at the free clinic when you went for the penicillin shots.  ohiosmith   Jun-23-11 04:46 PM   #54 
  - Miniskirts almost ruined my college chances.  rug   Jul-01-11 05:17 AM   #80 
  - In the 60s when unmarried young women  frogmarch   Jun-23-11 05:07 PM   #56 
  - I can think of lots of things that were better.  El Supremo   Jun-23-11 09:09 PM   #57 
  - Still there, just got promoted, years ago.  RandomThoughts   Jun-23-11 09:11 PM   #58 
  - OK, I'll agree with you on  frogmarch   Jun-23-11 09:58 PM   #59 
  - Better music. Better drugs. We really believed we could change things for the better.  ohiosmith   Jun-23-11 10:16 PM   #61 
  - Party phone lines, one channel on TV, could bring guns to school...  Kaleva   Jun-23-11 10:16 PM   #60 
  - Woodstock  kwassa   Jun-23-11 10:23 PM   #63 
  - What a cool memento!  pinboy3niner   Jun-24-11 01:37 AM   #71 
  - I protested the war in Berkley  Kali   Jun-23-11 11:16 PM   #65 
  - I remember the chants well...  pinboy3niner   Jun-23-11 11:27 PM   #66 
     - !  Kali   Jun-24-11 07:33 PM   #75 
  - Um, hmm, oh yeah! no...huh - dunno, I can't remember. nt  Zorra   Jun-23-11 11:57 PM   #67 
  - I think you are blending sixties and seventies  DFW   Jun-24-11 02:54 AM   #72 
  - Boy Scout to hippie war protestor  era veteran   Jun-24-11 08:48 AM   #73 
  - age 41? same as me.  provis99   Jun-30-11 11:40 PM   #76 
  - based on all the documentaries and shows i've seen about it...  CreekDog   Jul-01-11 12:22 AM   #77 
  - Thanks, Taverner, for starting this thread.  luv_mykatz   Jul-01-11 03:14 AM   #78 
  - I turned 5 in summer 1969, began kindergarten in fall  eShirl   Jul-01-11 04:26 AM   #79 
  - I turned 12 as 1967 drew to a close.  DebJ   Jul-01-11 08:05 AM   #81 
  - Not great. Mostly naps, diaper changes and baby food.  Deep13   Jul-01-11 08:59 AM   #83 

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