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Post Boomers/Pre-GenX: A thread just for us Continued!
Posted on 10/05/2001 2:51:57 PM PDT by HapaxLegamenon
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TOPICS: Free Republic; Your Opinion/Questions
Would like to revive this topic. Sorry don't know how to post hyperlinks of previous threads. Guidelines from previous post! 1. We were too young to serve in Vietnam, but remember the news. 2. As far as we're concerned, the music, television and popular entertainment and heroes of the 60s were and still are a matter for personal taste, and don't represent the shining apex of all civilization, icons to be revered by generations to come - in short, the Beatles were just a band that some might not like, and old Trek was cheesy and not well written. 3. Old boomers came into adulthood at the ideal economic circumstance - we've had to work for ours. 4. Our clothes and music tended to be lighthearted, and we are more conservative/libertarian as a whole than the older boomers. So post your memories of tunes, movies, shows, fashions, school stuff, etc. And enjoy yourselves!
1. We were too young to serve in Vietnam, but remember the news.
Are you telling me that Jimmy Carter did'nt inspire you to join the military and serve your country? :o)
I turned 18 within a year of Jimmy Quitter re-enstating draft registration. People my age really wanted a piece of Iran. Some of us, myself included, registered on our birthdays or as close as possible.
Here are three completely true anecdotes from those days:
On the first day of a class called "World Religions" the students were asked "What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word "Islam?".
My friend Jack called out, "The MARINES!"
When he went to register for the Draft (at the Post Office), Jack asked the postal worker who accepted his form, "When do I get my gun?"
At my High School they called a special assembly wherein a Maryknoll Priest [in other words a Communist impersonating a Catholic] informed us that it was "alright" if we wanted to be concientious objectors and refuse to register, and the he was here to help. The first person to raise his hand and be called upon told this (alleged) Priest "You're not giving both sides of the story!" He had more to say but the shouts of agreement drowned out everything else and the Vice Principal called off the rest of the assembly right then and there. I only wish I had had a camera to capture the look on the faux-Priest's face when he realised that we didn't hate our country and its military as much as he did.
I remember the lines at the gas station during rationing. Even though I was young I remember it was quite a spectacle. All those people waiting for gas. Without actaully experiencing it, I think it would be hard to fully appreciate that time in America. I'm glad to have gotten a taste of rationing as it provides good perspective for future reference.
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