April 20, 2014

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If You Remember The '60's...

You might not be an early baby boomer.
USA TODAY recently published an article on middle and late-baby boomers, suggesting that what are considered the legendary events of the 1960's
are practically irrelevant to anyone born from the late 1950's on.
 
I was born in 1956, right smack in the middle of the baby boom era (which, according to the "experts", was from 1946 to 1963). While I do have memories   
of the biggest events of the '60's, they exist as news stories only.  I admit, for instance, that the JFK Assassination was an extended news story, not a
lengthy period of mourning.  My first experience of the Beatles' music was from the Saturday morning TV cartoon show, which featured none of the actual
voices of the band's members.  In fact, my best experiences of the decade were some of the TV shows I saw: The Flintstones, Bewitched, My Three Sons, I Dream of Jeannie, The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle USMC, just to name a few.
 
If you sense a pattern here, it's that television probably played a role in my memories of the biggest events of that decade; mainly from stories on the evening
news. I didn't hear about Woodstock until after the concert was over. My only possible exposure to "hippies" might have come during a vacation trip with my
family to California in 1968, when most of them probably were in the midst of a post-"Summer of Love" hangover.
 
In fact, my best memories of that decade (at least when I was away from the TV set) were times spent with my family, and the trips we took.  I admit that I
haven't traveled as much out of this part of the country as I did when I did when I was younger. My parents (actually, my dad, who was the sole breadwinner)
saved up to take those trips and didn't spend lavishly on the road, which made them financially possible.
 
Those might not involve a "tribal" rock concert, a mythical summer, or a national period of mourning. But, on a personal level, they're not bad experiences, either.
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