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Old 04-08-2008, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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Me, too. It was mixing "business and pleasure" then! I remember attending demonstrations, and a time we had to take one of our friends, who had been bully-clubbed over the head, to the hospital. I remember once when my dad was visiting me at my apartment, and a demonstration started outside, and he was stuck inside because of all the tear gas being exploded! ("Welcome to my world, dad!" )

There was definitely a consciousness then. But it was mixed with pleasure. A very interesting time, and I'm glad I was able to experience it!
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I love to reminisce about those days, and probably spend a lot more time doing it than I should. One thing I have learned is that if you weren't there, you probably have no idea of what really went on.

A few years ago when my daughter was attending Berkeley, we were visiting her and were driving through town on the way to the pizza shop.

I was pointing out various places from our past and telling her stuff like:

'"About a hundred of us were running down the street being chased by a National Guard tank that was being firebombed from the roof of that building over there and we turned up that alley, but there was barbed wire across the other end and we all got trapped and they gassed us and attacked us with clubs."

And she says:

"That sucks. I'm glad it all worked out."

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Old 04-08-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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It's strange because after 40+ years, I fundamentally believe all of the same things. I still feel vehemently opposed to involving ourselves in wars where we do not belong and have not been invited, irrate at the inequality between sexes, races, and classes, and very vocal about the victimization of any, be it children, Islamic or African women, third world suffering, etc.

I lived in the East Village in 1970, right down the road from Abbie and Anita Hoffman. Geraldo Rivera lived nearby with Kurt Vonnegut's daughter Edie. Geraldo was a Young Lord then (a radical Puerto Rican group) and he gave me a kitten and I named him Geraldo & had him for years and years.

Yes. I believe the same way now that I did then, too. Jerry Rubin may have sold out , but I didn't !
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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I think that we all have very similar experiences, but some of them are more colorful than others!

I remember being full of hope and of dread at the same time. Many of my male friends were desparate to pass just one semester so they wouldn't get shipped off to Nam.

We, also, felt invincible at the same time. We were going to change the world - one adult at a time. The establishment and all it stood for was the enemy. I hope that over time we haven't mirrored that saying from the '50s: "We have met the enemy and it is us"!

I like to think that there still is an establishment to protest and that I am no part of it. I like to think that at 62 I am still able to make a positive difference in the world. I really like to think that I have passed on to my sons the best I carried away with me from the '60s, and educated them about the worst.

Now, where is that tear gas mask? I just saw it, didn't I? I came upstairs for something; what was it?
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:03 AM
 
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I got tear-gassed (and pepper gassed) my first year in college, and then campus was closed after 24 hours, so we had to get out - never took finals. That was Spring 1970 after the Kent State killings.

My father always joked that he didn't even get tear gassed in WWII, but I go off to college for the first year and *I* get teargassed.

I would not trade that time for anything. It was exciting and hopeful, and we discussed things all the time - feminism, the war, socialism vs capitalism, spiritual ideas, etc. I had all these friends who were in the Trotsky socialist group handing out those papers on the street.

Not to mention we had the best music ever!
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Old 04-09-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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When I look back at those times with honest introspection, I have to admit, usually to myself, that although I sincerely believed in the ideas and ideals of the times and of my counterculture peer group, my participation in "The Revolution" was a recreational activity.

I was a Vietnam vet and was older than most of my fellow activists. I also had a lot more life experience, much of it devoted to my survival in what I perceived as a hostile world.

Had I been really committed to "The Cause", the body count on the other side would have been a lot higher. As it was, I enjoyed playing chase and hide and seek with "The System", but when they brought out their clubs and guns I had enough survival sense to be somewhere else.
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Default Same ole story

I was drafted in '66, joined the navy, went to southeast asia for 3 yrs, got married, finished college. Guess I missed out an a lot of the protests, but it seems that now we are repeating the same mistakes that were made in the
'60's.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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...it seems that now we are repeating the same mistakes that were made in the '60's.
True, and the Government's power, and those who control and use for their own self-serving ends have become much more ruthless and powerful while the Citizens have been bullied and brainwashed into complacent, dull witted compliance.

The weed is better than it used to be though.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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You know, I think that we may all be in for a surprise in Nov. when the class of 2008 hits the voting polls.

I am seeing a resurgence among young people, + or - the weed, who have become socially active, mindful of the environment, very savvy about the economy and are ripe for change.

I think these "mini-me and you"s are going to be heavy hitters on Nov. 4th. Better stand up to the plate, Class of '64 - '74!
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Old 04-11-2008, 06:28 AM
 
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You know, I think that we may all be in for a surprise in Nov. when the class of 2008 hits the voting polls.

I am seeing a resurgence among young people, + or - the weed, who have become socially active, mindful of the environment, very savvy about the economy and are ripe for change.

I think these "mini-me and you"s are going to be heavy hitters on Nov. 4th. Better stand up to the plate, Class of '64 - '74!
And, it seems that Obama is getting all the young votes.
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