What were you doing in April 1968?



I know this blog puts me in the chronologically gifted category.

Many of those who read our blogs on Caleb and Linda Pirtle were not yet a gleam in their mothers’ eyes in April 1968, but a lot of others were up and running.

1968 was a pivotal year in the self-understanding of the Boomer generation.

It marked the assassinations of Dr. King and Robert Kennedy, the war in Vietnam, social unrest on all fronts.

That year I turned 16.

That’s right.  Sixteen years of age.

I am tempted to define that era in terms of what we did not possess.

No personal computers.

No eBooks.

No email.

No cell phones.

No video games.

No CDs.

No word processors.

No typewriters. (I was just checking to see if you were paying attention. We actually did have typewriters back then.)

No Amazon.

No iTunes.

No iPads.

Apple was a fruit.

No social media.

Nook was a small crevice where you stashed paper books.

No DNA testing. (That one is rather important for those of us who write legal thrillers and wonder how people identified the bad guys.)

No standardized high school graduation tests. (Okay, we had the SAT, but graduation from high school was not predicated on it.)

No hybrid vehicles. (Gas was 22 cents per gallon where I lived.)

However, I am also amazed at how little has changed since 1968.

Human nature, for instance.

All the universal characteristics of the human species have survived totally intact.

Greed, ambition, treachery, the lust for money and power.

Brother against brother, nation against nation.

Wars and rumors of wars.

Prejudice in all its vicious forms.

Too little compassion.

Bad reviews.

But, that’s not all.

Love is still the greatest thing.

Young love is still popular.

So is old love.

So is middle-aged love.

Romance still puts a hop in people’s steps.

Country music still sells beer.

Be that as it may, I am still wondering.

What were you doing in 1968?

Care to share?









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