Tuesday Chatter 68

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While we’re having coffee, let’s reminisce about the year 1968. Have a seat because this is going to be one of those chats.

To begin, 1968 was a year of protests. The protests of 1968 were a worldwide escalation of social conflicts mostly characterized by rebellions against the military and bureaucratic elites. 1968 was a tumultuous year in the United States and abroad.  Wikipedia offers an interesting account of The Protests of 1968 (link at the end of this post).

How much did things cost in 1968? Well, here are the stats for the U.S including a few for the UK.  How about this interesting tidbit – the first Big Mac goes on sale in McDonalds costing 49 cents. Now, the Big Mac, itself can cost anywhere from $3 to $5, depending on what city you live in.
Average Cost of new house $14,950.00, Average Income per year $7,850.00,Average Monthly Rent $130.00, Gas per Gallon 34 cents, Average Cost of a new car $2,822.00, Movie Ticket$1.50

Touching on some news and events in 1968 – the assassination of Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Emergency 911 Telephone Service is started in the US, Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, Anti-Vietnam war protests, the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, The Beatles release The White Album, The Beatles record “Hey Jude” and create Apple Records, the CBS news magazine program “60 Minutes” is shown for the first time, which I am just touching the surface of the happenings in 1968. (information obtained from, The People History, link at the end of this post).

Life may be viewed through a magical lens

But, not everyone can buy a Mercedes Benz

It’s easy to become smitten on a masquerade

It’s simple to camouflage the leader of the parade

It’s difficult to believe the players in charades

Our world is in a twirl with misshaped ideation

A preponderance of ifs left to the imagination

Creating fumes of thoughts left to speculation

-Eugenia

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Just a few of the 1968 popular musicians – The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, The Grateful Dead, The Monkees, Simon and Garfunkle, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Bobby Goldsboro, Marvin Gaye and David Bowie. Wow, I just took a ride down memory lane, did you? What genre of music do you like and who are some of your favorite musicians?

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I’m Eugenia and it’s time to put a wrap on this chat. So long from this week’s Tuesday Chatter and have a great week!

Cheers!

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  1. As you know I am a Brit and I felt every bit as shocked by the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. I remember feeling as if I couldn’t breathe, it was all too much following President Kennedy’s assassination and all the civil rights upheaval, the student protests, the Vietnam War and so on. I was a teenager and I suddenly felt much older than I had the year before, in the Summer of Love when everything seemed possible.

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  2. Ok… Hope this is okay – my Tuesday Chatter post: https://jottingsandwritings.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/tuesday-chatter-february-21-2017/

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  4. I turned 8 years old in the third quarter of 1968 so I guess that much of it was simply absorbed by childish osmosis. What I remember most vividly was Robert Kennedy’s murder and that was because my name is Kennedy. The newspaper on the pile on the stepstool by the back door with the huge headline ‘Kennedy – Dead’ proclaimed to the eyes of a little girl whose daddy was away on business and who silently absorbed this awful news that clearly she was now a half-orphan. I still remember the chill and the feeling that I had better not mention it. For those who were older and more tuned in the year was, i think seminal in so many ways for me it is a year I remember for the eroneous death of daddy. I loved this post.

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    • Thank you for your touching response. The assassination of Robert Kennedy was heartbreaking and scary. I can’t imagine your feelings, as an 8 year old and with the last name of Kennedy, seeing that huge headline. That had to be frightening. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

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  5. Jumped over from the Senior Salon for this one
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    I must have saved the best for last — what a GREAT post – even though it was also a bittersweet trip down memory lane. I had just graduated High School and was a college freshman that year.

    I’m still reeling at the 1968 prices – even compared to the average Income per year. Those days are long gone, for sure! I think I had more cash reserves after taking care of business as a part-time waitress, full time student than I do now.

    Remember one of the McDonald’s commercials around that time? “A sandwich, fries and a drink — and change back from your dollar.” Good luck now! Did you live where they had gas wars? I used to be able to fill up the tank of my little sports car for under $5.00. TOTAL.

    I was in TN. when MLK was assassinated – but on the other side of the state from Memphis. Very scary and beyond disheartening. Still. America lost some of our best that way. We are a violence-obsessed tribe, it seems at times – and our current man/child in charge seems to delight in whipping up the worst in everyone.

    Ending on the memory of an up-note: when I was younger, maybe not yet even in HS, a girlfriend’s cool dad took some of us to a concert for her birthday. We saw the Supremes live – opening for the Stones, if you can believe that. It was before Dianna Ross stepped up for her star turn, even.

    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • It seem so many of us experienced the scariness of what transpired during the sixties, no matter where we resided. I remember the gas wars – sitting in lines forever in hot and steamy Florida.

      Wow, I would have loved to see the Supremes. I love concerts and enjoyed a few when I lived in South Florida. I saw, Michael Jackson, Wings and Neil Diamond and all were awesome.

      I’m not too crazy about large crowds these days, which is unfortunate because Atlanta has a lot to offer in entertainment.

      Cheers!

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  6. OOPS – forgot the link!

    I already shared it on the Senior Salon in the past, but it is a post I wish EVERYONE would read. It explains a lot about what’s going on today, without ranting and raving about it. Brain-based but in “plain language.”

    https://addandsomuchmore.com/2017/02/13/why-we-hate-to-change-our-minds/
    xx,
    mgh

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  7. I remember quite vividly when JFK was assassinated. By the time MLK and Bobby were murdered my parents had decided to keep me from that kind of news. I was only 11 in 1968 and they felt that I should enjoy my childhood without the craziness of the world at the time interfering.

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