Quoting Donfield, reply 92
I chose nihilism because my older sister accused me of it myself, when I was 19. Back in those hippie days.
Awesome! I never knew any real hippies growing up, although they were rumored to be around. I probably met some, but I can't confirm it. I was a little too young to know.
Did you go to Woodstock? Did you see the Kennedy assassination? Were you old enough to understand the moon landing?
Wow. I wish I could buy you a few beers and hear some stories.
I wasn't saying I was a hippie, only that it was during that era. By the time I was 19, the movement was starting to fade. Real hippies were pretty rare in the wilds of Missouri, it was mostly redneck country. You know, the ones that instead of saying "Get high" say "GET A HAIRCUT!"
Did you go to Woodstock? No. I was pretty much of a square and living at home when Woodstock happened. And it was too far away. Just as well. Anyone who says they went to Woodstock wouldn't remember it. None of the friends I ever knew went. If you were buying flowers from kids on street corners in the late 60s/early 70s, they were probably hippies. When my dad died (same year I turned 19), I began identifying more with the movement, but I didn't even smoke a joint until I was 26.
Did you see the Kennedy assassination? No, because I didn't live in Dallas. Very few people saw the actual event. It happened on a weekday, early afternoon I think, so school was in session. I heard about it between classes in junior high school ("Kennedy got shot!"). The teachers were all trying to maintain their composure (one of them suddenly slammed down his fist and blurted "Goddammit!"), and after about an hour they wound up sending us home. All tv (only 3 major networks then, public television, no cable) was running special bulletins constantly for the next 72 hours or so, with no regular programming. It was all pretty grim. I don't think the motorcade had even been broadcast. I don't think there was any true document until Abraham Zapruder turned over his 8mm film. I wasn't really interested in politics in those days. I was 12, and my parents didn't care for Kennedy because he was a Catholic.
Were you old enough to understand the moon landing? I was 18 when it happened, so I hope I was old enough. I was very much a follower of the space program, starting from the Project Mercury days. One of the deacons at our church was an engineer at McDonnel-Douglas, and he was involved with the Mercury and Gemini space capsules. I had a Polaroid instant film camera (digital cameras did not exist) and took snapshots of the tv screen (without the flash). One of the photos I managed to keep for about 10 years, showing Aldrin coming down the ladder.