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Old 08-08-2017, 03:37 PM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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I was 13 going on 14. I remember Woodstock being all over the news. I didn't care for it then and I don't care for it now. I don't like the '60's. And even less now that I know how the Vietnam veterans were treated. I married one and didn't know about how poorly they were treated during and after the war ended until well into adulthood.

I am glad I wasn't there. I also don't watch anything related to it. Gross.
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Some of us remember in 1969 we were still fighting a long war in Vietnam, losing so many of our young people who were there doing what the government expected them to do. The soldiers who returned from Vietnam were not greeted as heroes, but by people who hated them, threw things at them, called them baby killers. No cheering crowds for the heroes.

A lot of the music was geared toward what people felt about it. Motown..... loved that sound. Marvin Gaye..... Flower children........ Strawberry fields....... Free love....... it was a significant time when many major changes got started.

I was 27, married, two little kids, working full time. Getting over my father's death. Other big family changes.

In September there will be a documentary on Vietnam as prepared and presented by Ed Byrne. I plan to watch it, as do many friends I know will be doing. I have a cousin who was a Marine over there. Was a really hard time for him.

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Old 08-08-2017, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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I was 13 going on 14. I remember Woodstock being all over the news. I didn't care for it then and I don't care for it now. I don't like the '60's. And even less now that I know how the Vietnam veterans were treated. I married one and didn't know about how poorly they were treated during and after the war ended until well into adulthood.

I am glad I wasn't there. I also don't watch anything related to it. Gross.
Great so from gross generalizations about Woodstock to gross generalizations about the '60s. Nothing new there, but for the record, my father was in the Navy and my son is in the Marine Corps.
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:52 PM
 
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My best friend and a cousin were both being born.

I was still eight months to the day in the future.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finished almost nine years of military and had returned from Vietnam the year prior. Going to Woodstock never entered my mind. I had to work in order to support my family, and I lived in Texas.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I have no idea where I was and what I was doing on that date. But attending Woodstock would have been at the bottom of the list of things I was interesting in doing, right along with being burned alive as a victim of the Spanish Inquisition.


Can some of you explain to me what the attraction of such an event was?
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If you really have to ask, and especially at this late date... you'll never understand

Certainly, it is possible I will never understand, but I was hoping someone would try anyway. I believe Hannah5555's post may be directed my way, although she didn't quote my post. It is a pretty good explanation, which I can "understand" in the abstract even if I can't relate to it.


I would have been 25 years old in 1969.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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Certainly, it is possible I will never understand, but I was hoping someone would try anyway. I believe Hannah5555's post may be directed my way, although she didn't quote my post. It is a pretty good explanation, which I can "understand" in the abstract even if I can't relate to it.


I would have been 25 years old in 1969.
Not just you. Glad I could help
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:53 PM
 
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Where was I on 17 August 1969?

Naval Support Activity Detachment, Chu Lai, (then) South Viet Nam (approximately 40 miles south of Da Nang).
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:58 PM
 
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I have no idea where I was and what I was doing on that date. But attending Woodstock would have been at the bottom of the list of things I was interesting in doing, right along with being burned alive as a victim of the Spanish Inquisition.
Although I was too young (13) to attempt to attend Woodstock, I have attended many outdoor rock and heavy metal concerts, including a few Ozzfests in which I spent a great deal of time in mosh pits. Not that I'm comparing those experiences to Woodstock, but I would imagine that your bolded statement above would similarly apply.

If you don't appreciate that music or the feeling of being part of an "event," I don't think that there is any way to explain to you the sheer joy and exhilaration I felt at some of those events.
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:55 PM
 
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I was working to support myself, my mother, and my younger brother. I was eligible for 1 week vacation but low enough on the totem pole so that the choices were in March and September.

It really didn't gain national recognition until after the fact so at the time I didn't regret missing it. I always did regret missing Monterey though, had several friends who attended that.
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