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The Sixties: The Years that Shaped a Generation
PBS ^ | 9/29/2005 | PBS

Posted on 09/29/2005 6:19:24 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup

"It was the age of selfishness. It was the age of self-indulgence. It was the age of anti-authority. It was an age in which people did all kinds of wrong things."

- Ed Meese III, U.S. Attorney General, Reagan Administration

"It was absolutely exhilarating. It was the greatest time to be alive ever, for sure."

- Charles Kaiser, Author/Historian


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On PBS now... Cindy Sheehan wishes she was there!
1 posted on 09/29/2005 6:19:26 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup

It was an age when millions of kids screwed up things they would have to spend much of their lives straightening out.


2 posted on 09/29/2005 6:22:25 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: operation clinton cleanup
"Cindy Sheehan wishes she was there!"

Hey Cindy...with all the babes in the 60's you would have been lucky to have been in a crowd shot.

3 posted on 09/29/2005 6:23:04 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
The 60's were good because we were young.
4 posted on 09/29/2005 6:23:50 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
The decade of selfish self-absorbed leftist jerkoffs.

I am soooo glad my parents didn't buy into that BS.

5 posted on 09/29/2005 6:23:58 PM PDT by jess35
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To: operation clinton cleanup

President Bush finally grants a meeting to
Mutha Cindy and her Ghouls of the 60's Past
delegation:

Bush: "I apologise!" "Really!, We had no idea
any of you were still around!"...

(smirk)


6 posted on 09/29/2005 6:23:58 PM PDT by NickatNite2003
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To: operation clinton cleanup

I stood in wide-eyed amazement thinking my older cousins and babysitters had lost their minds. I now know that in fact they had.


7 posted on 09/29/2005 6:25:54 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: jess35

My siblings and I were too busy working with the family to become hippies.

Thank you, again, Mom and Dad.


8 posted on 09/29/2005 6:26:34 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Siena Dreaming
It was an age when millions of kids screwed up things they would have to spend much of their lives straightening out.

As kids are likely to do, but most kids do not have a national media to egg them on.

9 posted on 09/29/2005 6:26:38 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup
I was only a kid, but the depiction of the 60s that best fit my memories were the Austin Powers movies.
10 posted on 09/29/2005 6:27:14 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan
I stood in wide-eyed amazement thinking my older cousins and babysitters had lost their minds.

I was to young at the time, but looking back.... me to.

11 posted on 09/29/2005 6:28:49 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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The 70s rule now and forever.


12 posted on 09/29/2005 6:31:41 PM PDT by Huck (Are there any fiscal conservatives left?)
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I couldn't stand the middle 60s to turn of the 70s

Bunch of bare footed dirty unkempt spoiled brats complaining about conforming while all the while looking and acting like cookie cutter clones of each other and enjoying the benefits that all the hard working Americans squares earned for them


13 posted on 09/29/2005 6:33:03 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: operation clinton cleanup

The sixties was a rudderless ship.

No leadership.

Unless one counts Timmy Leary, The Smothers Brothers, Eugene McCarthy and The Chicago Seven.


14 posted on 09/29/2005 6:33:57 PM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970. Forget? Hell.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
The decade had begun on a high note. Initially, Americans accepted the Vietnam War as a larger struggle against communism. Optimism grew as Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act in the mid-60s. A counter-culture movement was also taking root. Young people, in particular, were denouncing the traditions and norms of the establishment. For this affluent and educated set, drugs and music, rather than violence, would change the world.

Is this how people really viewed the 60's, while it was happening?

15 posted on 09/29/2005 6:34:49 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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Well, I lived it, and I don't want to go back. I graduated from high school in 1966. The years prior to my graduation were happy years...sort of like Animal House times. The years AFTER my graduation (1967-1970) were nothing but anger and fear.

I was an Air Force wife in those years...my son was born in 1968. Constant complaining, unhappiness, anger, rage, paranoia...no thanks! I have NO fond memories of those years, and that was when I became disenchanted with the media.

If you want to get a good idea of the 60's (and the early 70's), rent Forrest Gump. It was not a time that anyone should recall with fondness.

16 posted on 09/29/2005 6:36:24 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Huck
The 70s rule now and forever.

I turned 15 in 1980, so I'm fond of the 70's, but the 80's really ruled... in my context of history!

17 posted on 09/29/2005 6:38:17 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: jess35
It has been my opinion for many years that the modern conservitive movement is a reaction to the 60's. I was young then but I missed most of the "Fun" because I was occupied with other things, the Army for one.
18 posted on 09/29/2005 6:40:09 PM PDT by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: Miss Marple
I graduated from high school in 1966. The years prior to my graduation were happy years...sort of like Animal House times. The years AFTER my graduation (1967-1970) were nothing but anger and fear.

Thanks for your thoughts.... It seems like one step forward, two steps back since then.

19 posted on 09/29/2005 6:41:23 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To answer your question, NO, it wasn't that way at all. Not where I was, anyway. People opposedthe war because of the draft, and the bottom line is that people didn't want to get killed. All of this talk about "principled" resistance is hogwash. Boomers who pretend that they weren't afraid of getting killed are simply re-writing history. I sat in on too many dorm conversations to believe anything else.

The people who believed music would change the world were dopers who are by now institutionalized or dead. Those of us who were in the real world were scrambling to make lives while the entire country was torn apart by the demonstrations and later Watergate.

I will speak out whenever I hear clueless types talk about how wonderful the 60's were. ONLY the early 60's...the rest was crap.

20 posted on 09/29/2005 6:41:36 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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I was just a little kid during the sixties. I remember going past the local cinema one afternoon and asking Mom what Jesus Christ Superstar was. She replied it was just a bunch of dirty hippies doing some play.


21 posted on 09/29/2005 6:42:39 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: wingman1

One thing I really love about the 60's.....they are soooo over....good riddance to a festering boil on America's history.


22 posted on 09/29/2005 6:43:00 PM PDT by fizziwig
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Uh, yeah! A lot of Americans backed our troops and the civil rights movements, but somehow the anti-establishment types captured the imagination of the media and took over the universities. Any behavior was coddled and approved -- the more despicable the better. Now the same folks (with haircuts) RUN the media and the universities.


23 posted on 09/29/2005 6:43:17 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Siena Dreaming

It will be remembered as the most selfish generation ever.


24 posted on 09/29/2005 6:43:52 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Little Bill
I was young then but I missed most of the "Fun" because I was occupied with other things, the Army for one.

Thanks for your sacrifice... hope you made up for the "fun" in other ways!

25 posted on 09/29/2005 6:44:35 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup

I see hippies on campus from time to time, but for the most part they are an ostracized sub culture while the rest of the students shower regularly and appear to make themselve presentable. I ask my parents in awe how their generation could actually think those people were the "COOL KIDS"?


26 posted on 09/29/2005 6:44:46 PM PDT by chudogg (www.chudogg.blogspot.com)
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It was my generation, and I am happy to say that not all of us became wacko leftist hippy freaks. I did not, nor did any of my friends. Some that did, obviously burned their brains out on drugs and haven't recovered yet. Some of them have been President.
27 posted on 09/29/2005 6:44:48 PM PDT by ladyinred (It is all my fault okay?)
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To: wingman1

I admit to attending a David Dellinger lecture at college...


28 posted on 09/29/2005 6:46:02 PM PDT by Knute (W- Yep, He's STILL the President!)
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To: fizziwig
One thing I really love about the 60's.....they are soooo over

It seems PBS and the MSM refuses to let it go!

29 posted on 09/29/2005 6:46:03 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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One thing maybe all of us can agree on:
These times right now are NOT that fun to live in, they are getting worse and have been since the 90s. (I'm 24, but can remember plenty of the 80s and I think the 80s were more enjoyable) I don't mean fun in ways like getting drunk, drugs etc. either.


30 posted on 09/29/2005 6:46:07 PM PDT by MadManDan
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To: bannie

Ahhh, now THATS the kind of kids I loved. to hell with what the protestors were doing. You were doing what was right because you loved your parents and they loved you. thanks Mom and Dad is right. God bless you all. I hated the sixties except when our kids were born in 61 and 63. That's the best thing in my life that came out of the 60's as I am sure other paretns feel the same.


31 posted on 09/29/2005 6:46:08 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for our country than anyone will ever know. He's a man of honor.)
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The Sixties: A generation of burnouts look back!

I'm so glad I wasn't old enough to have seen it for myself. I probably would have landed in jail for beating up too many hippies.

32 posted on 09/29/2005 6:46:15 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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Another Reagan Kid! One of the happiest days of my life was when The Great One got elected the first time-and seeing the looks of misery on my liberal teachers' faces when he did.


33 posted on 09/29/2005 6:47:59 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
I remember going past the local cinema one afternoon and asking Mom what Jesus Christ Superstar was. She replied it was just a bunch of dirty hippies doing some play.

Mom was right...they usually are.

34 posted on 09/29/2005 6:48:50 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Cindy can actually decipher "Trip The Light Fantastic")
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To: Blood of Tyrants
It will be remembered as the most selfish generation ever.

Their parent's generation told them that the "Great Society" of Big Government owed them a good life.

35 posted on 09/29/2005 6:49:00 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Miss Marple
I agree with almost all of what you said (I'm a little younger, but we're contemporaries).

Where I take exception is the "anger and fear" comment.

I think of the 60's as a time of rapid change and technological modernization, surfing, great network television (particularly "Green Acres" :), Elvis, Motown and the Beatles, cool cars and landing a man on the moon.

It was exciting; not all negative.

You often hear "if you remember the 60's, you weren't there."

Well, I was there...and I remember it clearly and fondly.

And, unlike most of my buddies, Ripple was the most illicit substance I consumed (maybe that's why I remember).

36 posted on 09/29/2005 6:49:00 PM PDT by daler
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To: ElkGroveDan

"American Graffiti" fits my memory best.


37 posted on 09/29/2005 6:49:47 PM PDT by suzyjaruki (The husband was and still is the head of the wife.)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
I'm so glad I wasn't old enough to have seen it for myself.

Sure you don't regret missing the muscle cars just a little?

38 posted on 09/29/2005 6:50:40 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Miss Marple
The people who believed music would change the world were dopers who are by now institutionalized or dead. Those of us who were in the real world were scrambling to make lives while the entire country was torn apart by the demonstrations and later Watergate.

I think those making real lives for themselves outweigh those who cant or wont... that is the real difference from the 60's.

39 posted on 09/29/2005 6:50:51 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

The only thing that was any good was the music. The rest of the "culture" was garbage. A lot of "principled" young men whose real and guiding principle was saving themselves from the draft. And annoying young women who thought they knew more than anyone else and were so much better than their elders who had worked their tails off to give them a life of leisure. This was not "my generation" just a bunch of people who were born in the same period of time; that's all I and millions of others share with them, Thank God.


40 posted on 09/29/2005 6:50:53 PM PDT by laconic
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I remember going past the local cinema one afternoon and asking Mom what Jesus Christ Superstar was. She replied it was just a bunch of dirty hippies doing some play.

The large youth group in the liberal church of my childhood did a touring performance of JCSS. I never heard the Gospel, nor read my Bible in my 2 year association with that particular segment of organized r-e-l-i-g-i-o-n.

41 posted on 09/29/2005 6:51:04 PM PDT by Knute (W- Yep, He's STILL the President!)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
but most kids do not have a national media to egg them on

Personally, I blame the parents. Great lack of discipline there.

42 posted on 09/29/2005 6:51:20 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: operation clinton cleanup

It's the real thing!
I can't believe I ate the whole thing!
It floats! (Volkswagen)


43 posted on 09/29/2005 6:51:20 PM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Blood of Tyrants
It will be remembered as the most selfish generation ever.

Hardly...your "soccer moms", etc., didn't come along for another 15 years.

44 posted on 09/29/2005 6:51:20 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Cindy can actually decipher "Trip The Light Fantastic")
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To: Miss Marple

You got it. A hateful, vengeful, ugly, nasty scar on our country. A lot of trouble makers wondering around like the world owed them a living. they hated their parents but still managbed to live at home and take advantage of the love their parents still had for them. Hypocrites all. I'm like you. Nothing in that time is worth anything.


45 posted on 09/29/2005 6:51:41 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for our country than anyone will ever know. He's a man of honor.)
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The 60s were were mild compared to what we have today with tens of thousand of violent organized gang member, many here illegally. In the 60s no one ever heard of "drive-by shootings that now occur multiple times daily in this country, along with the regular work place, and school massacres. In the 60s we didn't have millions pouring into our country illegally, bringing in tons of drugs, overwhelming our schools and hospitals, all while our government looked the other way...And now fanatic religious freaks that want to murder us all.

I could go on.

No, compared to what we have today, I'd take the 60s any day!

46 posted on 09/29/2005 6:53:20 PM PDT by Black Tooth (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: laconic

The Sixties were the party, the Seventies were the hangover from the party, the Eighties and afterwards were people who went to the party wincing at the stupid stuff they'd done that night.


47 posted on 09/29/2005 6:54:28 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Every decade shaped a generation. Most of the rest had a better result. Big deal.


48 posted on 09/29/2005 6:54:42 PM PDT by Sam Cree (absolute reality - Miami)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Haircuts?


49 posted on 09/29/2005 6:55:07 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Miss Marple

"I graduated from high school in 1966"

So did I ! The 50's were my favorite time. The cars, the music, the styles.


50 posted on 09/29/2005 6:56:13 PM PDT by Commander Salamander (Some attain greatness going through what you're going through)
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