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The Ten Defining Moments of the Sixties
There has never been a decade quite like the sixties; the
diversity, conflicts, hope, anger, themusic, thedance
crazesand the fun that characterized those years are captured here.
The 60s decade was a decade of change. Not only were those changes evident infashionsbut world events,music
of the 60s,automobiles,toys, and individual self expression as displayed
during the largest outdoor rock concert ever performed,Woodstock.The television shows of the fifties and
sixties depicted the morals and values of our society. The simplicity of our lifestyle were so evident at
that time. The westerns on the televisions series were about the good guys always winning.
Music and events of the day interacted with one another as we
progressed through one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. The assassination of President John F.
Kennedy,Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential
hopeful Bobby Kennedy illustrated the turbulent and restless society.Lance Morrowsaid"The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy's
murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out."
In contrast the sixties decade has been described by historians as
the decade that resulted in the most significant changes in our history. In 1969 the race to space was won by the
U.S. by putting a man on the moon. This one event caught more press and attention second to only the
Vietnam War. The 1960s were also time of turmoil, probably described as
such for the racial unrest during this period, social injustice and because of our involvement in the war in
Vietnam. The magnitude of violence in the streets of U.S. cities as well
as on college campuses in protest of the War in Vietnam was unprecedented in our history. The burning of the flag
and draft cards were widely used as tools for protest.
Even though the 60s had its periods of unrest and violence, it was
a great decade to have grown up in. If you don't believe it just ask anybody who was a baby boomer.(Anybody who was born from 1946-1964.)Even though you may have not lived during this decade, you will still enjoy browsing this
significant history and if you were fortunate enough to experience the 60s, when baseball was the favorite past
time, just sit back and remember how great the sixties really were! Look how fashions and ideals of today were
shaped by baby boomers. Try to remember when life seemed so much more carefree and slower. The music was clean and
fun and we actually understood the lyrics. We knew all our neighbors on the street where we lived. Innocent fun was
the game not violence against our fellow man.
The school dances with the crazy dance steps of the popular dances
at the time were fond memories. We invented steps to add to the ridiculous steps these had. We were having fun just
as the sixties were meant to be. Check out thesepopular dances of
our times. See if you can remember more and email me firstname.lastname@example.org leave a
comment in theguest book.
Games were pretty popular back in the 1960sOuija and Twisterwere all the rage, before the internet, board games and other types of social games
made great entertainment.For adults, in particular ladies, the bingo halls
were frequented often, a pastime which has since been in a steady decline. Other pastimes have also gone out of
fashion, whereas some have stood the test of time. One pastime that seems to gain growing these days popularity is
online bingo. Some sites offer free bingo games just
for fun, while others offer to play for money. Most sites will offer a combination of the two.
Stumbling through the 60s you will recall the famous and not so
famous written and spoken words that were so much part of the 60s culture.Margot Kiddersaid it well with"It was a wonderful time to be
young. The 1960s didn't end until about 1976. Weall believed in Make
Love, Not War. We were idealistic innocents, despite the drugs and sex."AndJohn Lennonsaid"The
thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the
answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility."I don't know about
the possibilities but I do know that the 60s was an event that even today's school children try to research and
understand why the 60s decade had so much impact on today.
The 60s were a time of fun and innocence and much of it was
reflected in the music and the lyrics such as "The message may not move
me, or mean a great deal to me, but it feels so groovy to say "I Dig Rock and Roll Music"fromPeter, Paul and
Mary's1967 hit"I Dig
Rock and Roll Music.
Spiro Agnewdescribed all the segments of the 60s with his quote"Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn
zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam."
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took
aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that
trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets
and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would
ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We
shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop
with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we
were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day and we were O.K. We would spend hours
building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After
running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Pay-stations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games
at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no
Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there
were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us
forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were
told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door
or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Little League had try outs and not everyone made the team. Those who
didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard
of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!