1968 was a very serious year. The Vietnam War was raging, both Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated, and we saw public protests and unrest across the country. Continue reading
In 1965, Petula Clark watched “Downtown” climb to No. 1 on the American charts. Three million copies were sold in America while the song was already a success in the UK, France (in both the English and the French versions), the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Italy, Rhodesia, Japan and India.
The Women’s Movement was energized during the 1960s. Sexual harassment, the uneven power dynamic between the sexes and the concept of equal pay for equal work are still issues that need to be addressed. Quoting a psychiatrist, “Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.” Continue reading
Many people, most of them from somewhere other than San Francisco, either idealized what they thought was the Hippie life, or condemned it. Much of what we saw taking place in the Haight was an extension of what started out as street theater from a combination of members of the SF Mime Troupe and the Diggers organization. Continue reading
The Vietnam War was in the daily news in 1967. The major media of the day were trying to give us some ideas about what this foreign country was all about. Continue reading
As children are headed back to school, here is a little history lesson of what we experienced in the 1960s. Continue reading