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'64 copy of LIFE key to Kerry's '60s mindset
Boston Herald ^ | 8/17/04 | Rachelle Cohen

Posted on 08/17/2004 12:24:44 AM PDT by kattracks

It was just a chance encounter with a little piece of history.
     LIFE Magazine, the Aug. 21, 1964, edition, just waiting to be snatched up at the Boston Public Library book sale.
     Ah, the summer of '64! I would have called it an idyllic one - days at the beach (in pre-casino Atlantic City), nights listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra under the stars at Robin Hood Dell. The future filled with possibilities.
     The pages of LIFE chronicled the fact that ``The Munsters'' was the TV hit of the year, the widowed Jackie Kennedy was vacationing in Europe and Chesterfields were marketed as ``a mild smoke'' for those who ``just don't like filters.''
     But this wasn't one of those happy celeb-covered LIFE Magazines that made it so popular. No, the cover shot was of South Vietnamese General Khanh as he ``eyes the enemy.''
     It marked the start of a decade-long war that would tear this nation apart and take the lives of more than 50,000 young Americans. Some of them would be my high school classmates. It was a war that would come back to haunt us even during the 2004 presidential race - as aging former swiftboat crews and captains refight its battles on the presidential stage.
     But four decades ago was when it all began. And this is the way LIFE described it:
     ``Hard against the border of Communist North Vietnam, South Vietnam premier, General Khanh, stood watch as his troops threw up defenses against an invasion that could come at any minute. The move followed the first direct U.S. action against North Vietnam - an air strike that President Johnson ordered against North Vietnam's navy after torpedo boats twice attacked an American destroyer in the international waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
     ``Thus did South Vietnam's jungle war against the Communist Vietcong take an ominous new turn.''
     The Gulf of Tonkin incident led to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in Congress on Aug. 7, 1964, which was as close as this nation ever got to a declaration of war against North Vietnam.
     John Kerry [related, bio] was midway through his years at Yale. It would be more than four more years before he would begin his four-month tour of duty in Vietnam and nearly seven years until he would become the star of the anti-war protests on Capitol Hill.
     And for those who like to draw comparisons with Iraq, imagine the timeline. A decade would separate the Tonkin Gulf incident and evacuation of the last Americans from Saigon. Today, not yet a year and a half from the start of the war that ousted Saddam Hussein, Iraq's own leaders attempt to forge a new democracy.
     But John Kerry is caught in a time warp. A child of the '60s, he's still fighting that last war as he told us in his speech at the Democratic National Convention:
     ``I will wage this war with the lessons I learned in war. Before you go to battle, you have to be able to look a parent in the eye and truthfully say: `I tried everything possible to avoid sending your son or daughter into harm's way. But we had no choice. We had to protect the American people . . . from a threat that was real and imminent.. . . this is the only justification for war.''
     The world has changed, but not Kerry's '60s-era mindset. And that's about as close to today's truth as that old Chesterfield ad.
     


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1964; kerry; lifemagazine; vietnamwar

1 posted on 08/17/2004 12:24:44 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Interesting


2 posted on 08/17/2004 12:33:53 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: kattracks

3 posted on 08/17/2004 12:35:16 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: kattracks
64 copy of LIFE key to Kerry's '60s mindset
"The Munsters" was the TV hit of the year


LOL! And his style, too!
4 posted on 08/17/2004 12:40:32 AM PDT by broadsword (Liberalism is the societal AIDS virus that thwarts national defense.)
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To: kattracks
'64 copy of LIFE key to Kerry's '60s mindset

The pages of LIFE chronicled the fact that ``The Munsters'' was the TV hit of the year...

Hey, the Addams Family was no slouch in molding "Lurch" either...

5 posted on 08/17/2004 12:44:18 AM PDT by weegee (YOU could have been aborted, and you wouldn't have had a CHOICE about it.)
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To: kattracks

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

time capsule..quick version...from DMarie:

http://dmarie.com/timecap/final.asp?unique=38216.0373148148

Friday, August 21, 1964

Top News Headlines This Week:

Aug 22 - Guin‚e, Liberia & Ivory Coast form joint market

Aug 22 - Supreme's "Where Did Our Love Go," reaches #1

Aug 23 - Marilynn Smith wins Albuquerque Professional Amateur Golf Tournament

Aug 23 - St Louis Cards are 11 games back in NL, & win the World Series

Aug 24 - 2nd Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 6-4

Aug 25 - Singapore limits imports from Neth due to Indonesian aggression


Top Songs for 1964

The House of the Rising Sun by Animals

Can't Buy Me Love by Beatles

Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

I Feel Fine by Beatles

I Want to Hold Your Hand by Beatles

She Loves You by Beatles

There! I've Said It Again by Bobby Vinton

Baby Love by Supremes

Chapel of Love by Dixie Cups

I Get Around by Beach Boys


1964 Prices US President

Bread: $0.21/loaf Lyndon B. Johnson

Milk: $1.06/gal US Vice President

Eggs: $0.98/doz No Vice President

Car: $2,350

Gas: $0.30/gal


US President-Lyndon B. Johnson

US Vice President- No Vice President


Academy Award Winners


Best Picture: My Fair Lady Directed By George Cukor

Best Actor: Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady

Best Actress: Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins



House: $20,500

Stamp: $0.05/ea

Avg Income: $7,336/yr

Min Wage: $1.25/hr

DOW Avg: 874


People born on August 21

1906 - William "Count" Basie jazz pianist

1936 - Wilt Chamberlain NBA great center (LA Laker, 5 time MVP)

1938 - Kenny Rogers singer (Lady) actor (Coward of the County)


On TV in 1964

Combat

Branded

The Munsters

The Addams Family

The Lawrence Welk Show

Bewitched

Gilligan's Island

Peyton Place

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Flipper

Hot New Toys in 1964

Nutty Mads

Gun That Shoots Around The Corner

Bobbing Head Beatles Dolls

Foto-Electric Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

Addams Family "Thing" Bank

Easy Bake Oven

Agent Zero-M Invisible Ink Set

Creepy Crawlers

Mad Magazine Straight Jacket


Top Books in 1964

It's Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville

Why We Can't Wait, Martin Luther King by Jr.

Shadow and Act by Ralph Ellison


6 posted on 08/17/2004 1:08:01 AM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING (He is faithful!)
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To: GeronL

Check out the time capsule in post 6.


7 posted on 08/17/2004 1:09:58 AM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING (He is faithful!)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
gas.. 30 cents a gallon

Eggs: $0.98/doz

I just bought a dozen large eggs for $1.09

8 posted on 08/17/2004 1:14:35 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: GeronL

$20,000 for a house? I'm definitely living in the wrong decade. And you could get a new Cadillac for about six thousand dollars.


9 posted on 08/17/2004 1:31:56 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (If Bush is such a dummy, how come all of his enemies look like idiots?)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

Man, I used to love these things!!!!

Who can knock a toy for kids involving a searing hot metal plate and boiling water!!

10 posted on 08/17/2004 1:36:54 AM PDT by zarf
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To: WestVirginiaRebel; The Scourge of Yazid; Fedora; LibWhacker
http://www.virtualfsbo.com/FSBO-homes.asp?ID=645

1915 S Blackburn St
Brady,
Texas 76825

ASKING $5,000 (.. $27 per month?? huh??)

11 posted on 08/17/2004 1:36:55 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: kattracks; GeronL; PhilDragoo
Great opinion piece.

Thanks for posting it.

It just reinforces the impression I already had of Senator Kerry.

Namely, that he is a 60s retread, unable or unwilling to come up with innovative solutions to tackle the pressing issues of the day head-on.

KERRY SUCKS!

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

12 posted on 08/17/2004 1:42:34 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

#11- I have solved the issue of affordable housing... did you not see that?


13 posted on 08/17/2004 1:44:08 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: GeronL; Conspiracy Guy; lavrenti
I did!

I just thought that "Con. Guy" would be better equipped to handle this particular hot potato.

Possibly with a blistering satire of Southern mores.

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS

Best Rock Band Out There!

14 posted on 08/17/2004 1:49:14 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid
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To: GeronL

I remember seeing gas for 11.9 cents/gallon during some of the price wars back then. Sure would be nice to have price wars again.


15 posted on 08/17/2004 1:49:20 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker; JohnHuang2
See #11??

Makes we wish I had $5,000 to blow on luxury like that.

16 posted on 08/17/2004 1:54:44 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: GeronL
LOL, talk about basic living! I'd almost rather dig out my old copy of Shelter, Shacks and Shanties and give some of those things a try.
17 posted on 08/17/2004 2:00:29 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
I couldn't build anything if my life depended on it... OK.. I'd throw something together I guess, if my life depended on it.

That trailer is a mansion for us po' Texans.

18 posted on 08/17/2004 2:04:28 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: GeronL

LOL! . . . Are you trying to keep us Californians outta Texas or sumptin'? I've been thinking of trying to talk my better half into moving there when we retire.


19 posted on 08/17/2004 2:07:56 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: fuzzy122; naturalman1975; MeekOneGOP

I want a trailer house in the country!! Can I borrow $5000?? =o)


20 posted on 08/17/2004 2:08:45 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: LibWhacker
Less money on the House and more money on the land.

or the junk cars on blocks, your choice.

Take the land, get horses, cow, goats, pigs and chickens....

You will love the country. =o)

21 posted on 08/17/2004 2:10:09 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: zarf

I loved Creepy Crawlers, too. My boys wondered if I still had it. They miss my childhood so much: cap guns, riding in the back of pick up trucks, ...


22 posted on 08/17/2004 2:14:14 AM PDT by Ruth A.
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To: GeronL

Yup . . . Grew up in Kansas. Would like to get back to the country . . . Where I can plink cans from my own back porch if I want to. Gotta get something that won't blow away, though!


23 posted on 08/17/2004 2:14:50 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Ruth A.

They still make a dumbed-down gummy-version of Creepy Crawlers I think....


24 posted on 08/17/2004 2:15:45 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: LibWhacker

blow away?? Have you never heard of granite blocks? =o)


25 posted on 08/17/2004 2:16:31 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: GeronL
How do they hold up in those mile-wide Texas twisters you guys have? :-)
26 posted on 08/17/2004 2:18:10 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
um...well... You could dig a big hole, put it in the hole, build a levee around it...

and you might not need to worry about that...

it'd be turned into scrap by a twister...

27 posted on 08/17/2004 2:21:21 AM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

"It's Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville"

Oh my gosh! I loved that book. I bought it from Scholastic Book services in school. I guess it stayed a hit with the Juvenile set for some years, I probably bought it about 1968-1970.


28 posted on 08/17/2004 3:43:36 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: kattracks

Jump to 1/13/67 issue . Swift boats on the cover. Main article about " The Delta " ( Mekong) Fertile Swamp of suspicion.


29 posted on 08/17/2004 4:29:48 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: The Scourge of Yazid; GeronL
That fine estate needs both car and home alarm systems. Here is a picture of mine. I highly recommend them!




30 posted on 08/17/2004 4:38:49 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Conspiracy Guy, Secretary of Humor and Tomfoolery)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
You forget the obvious:

McHale's Navy

A number of those episodes might seem roughly relevant, even as they are. There's no description for most, so it's difficult to say.

31 posted on 08/17/2004 5:10:44 AM PDT by sevry
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To: kattracks

"from a threat that was real and imminent"

The problem is, Kerry's idea of real and imminent is an army landing on our shores. As they sail across the ocean he'd be at the UN begging for them to join us in a coalition.


32 posted on 08/17/2004 5:15:38 AM PDT by Casloy
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

"$20,000 for a house? I'm definitely living in the wrong decade"

In this area $20,000. bought a very nice house in 1964. Most people were spending considerably less, as little as half that, $100.00 a month was considered a huge house payment. There was land available with marketable timber on it for less than $100.00 per acre.


33 posted on 08/17/2004 6:52:00 AM PDT by RipSawyer ("Embed" Michael Moore with the 82nd airborne.)
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To: GeronL
I want a trailer house in the country!! Can I borrow $5000?? =o)

hehe! Sure!



34 posted on 08/17/2004 8:21:33 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

And average yearly income was $7500! It's all relative.


35 posted on 08/17/2004 8:29:53 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; sevry; RockinRight; HenryLeeII
LIQUORED UP AND LACQUERED DOWN

-Southern Culture On The Skids

36 posted on 08/17/2004 8:53:38 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid
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To: 4ConservativeJustices

Southern creativity ping! Check out #30 for some security options.


37 posted on 08/17/2004 9:13:15 AM PDT by HenryLeeII (sultan88, R.I.P.)
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To: kattracks
On July 2, 1964, President Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964:


38 posted on 08/17/2004 9:18:41 AM PDT by Scenic Sounds (Sí, estamos libres sonreír otra vez - ahora y siempre.)
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To: Scenic Sounds; kattracks; 4ConservativeJustices; Conspiracy Guy; Minnesota
I know that this question may strike you as being somewhat crude in nature, but I'll just throw it out there anyway.

Doesn't Humbert Humphrey look like he's about to pass gas in that photo?

39 posted on 08/17/2004 10:21:59 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Oompa-loompa, doopidy-doo. I've got another puzzle for you. You can live in happiness too if you...)
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

My alarm system is wireless.


40 posted on 08/17/2004 11:49:10 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Conspiracy Guy, Secretary of Humor and Tomfoolery)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Dead Corpse; 4ConservativeJustices; sevry; DainBramage; Psycho_Bunny; flashbunny
Verizon Wireless Methane Detection System.

James Earl Jones sniffs out intruders.

41 posted on 08/17/2004 11:55:32 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Oompa-loompa, doopity-doo. I've got another puzzle for you. You can live in happiness too if you...)
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

Look at the guy to his left behind him. I think you nailed it!


42 posted on 08/17/2004 12:07:17 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Conspiracy Guy, Secretary of Humor and Tomfoolery)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Ugh.

I guess LBJ was a real gas.

43 posted on 08/17/2004 12:11:53 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Oompa-loompa, doopity-doo. I've got another puzzle for you. You can live in happiness too if you...)
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

That's why he always had a heavy heart.


44 posted on 08/17/2004 12:21:15 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Conspiracy Guy, Secretary of Humor and Tomfoolery)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; SandyInSeattle; Xenalyte; GeronL
Lyndon Baines Johnson:

Have I shown you my appendix scar yet?

(LBJ lifts up shirt, after which, he proceeds to walk across thread to a copse of trees, where he urinates.)

45 posted on 08/17/2004 12:38:43 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Oompa-loompa, doopity-doo. I've got another puzzle for you. You can live in happiness too if you...)
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To: kattracks

Let see I was 8 in Aug 64...and my favorite TV show was about to become "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (it started in Sept that year and got the full U.N.C.L.E. siper rifle/sub machine gun with the red night scope for Chrismas! o how un pc)


46 posted on 08/17/2004 12:41:57 PM PDT by tophat9000
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

LBJ was a twit.


47 posted on 08/17/2004 12:48:09 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Conspiracy Guy, Secretary of Humor and Tomfoolery)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; LadyBird; Texas
Hank Hill:

I tell ya what...

(Rubs "Ladybird's" tummy. Throws her a rubber ball.)

48 posted on 08/17/2004 12:51:27 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Oompa-loompa, doopity-doo. I've got another puzzle for you. You can live in happiness too if you...)
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To: The Scourge of Yazid
LOL. Yeah, he does.

Actually, I posted that picture because I often sense that a lot of people think the Sixties was all about cultural stuff like the Beatles, Peter Max and Timothy Leary, "free love" (now that's a good one - lol), etc. And while all those things were wonderful in their own little ways, in terms of change or in terms of influence on the way in which we live today, they really don't hold a candle to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Those statutes really made some huuuuuuuuuge changes in the way we operate. ;-)

49 posted on 08/17/2004 3:00:35 PM PDT by Scenic Sounds (Sí, estamos libres sonreír otra vez - ahora y siempre.)
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To: Scenic Sounds; discostu
One of my favorite cultural studies is David Frum's analysis of the economic/cultural/political legacy bequeathed by the 1970s.

HOW WE GOT HERE. THE 70s: The Decade That Brought You Modern Life-For Better Or Worse

-David Frum

50 posted on 08/18/2004 6:48:53 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (Oompa-loompa, doopity-doo. I've got another puzzle for you. You can live in happiness too if you...)
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