Thursday, October 16, 2008
Close to Nowhere
You’d think Channel 10 (18 in Mississippi) would get history right, wouldn’t you? I was certainly surprised a week or so ago.
The public television channel was doing a special on music of the 1960s and the history of that time period, especially as it related to music.
I was a very young teenager in the ’60s -- more than anything, I wanted to be a hippie. But, my mother, who was extremely “out of style” wouldn’t let me. Go figure.
The young man who was talking on Channel 10 was reminiscing about “the love and peace era.” He seemed to be about in his middle 20s -- he didn’t have a clue, but so what.
I could have almost laughed except I got really peeved. His version of the ’60s was nothing like I remembered.
Apparently, he’d never heard of Vietnam. For most of my teenage years I had at least one good friend over there and for a while two.
“Peace and love flowed” through the ’60s. Everything was in harmony and peace was “guiding the planet.”
I guess he never read about Kent State or heard Neil Young’s ’60s song “Ohio.”
“Four dead in Ohio” ... In some parts of the country, that song was banned from playlists because of its “anti-war” and “anti-Nixon” sentiments.
The young man waxed poetic about some of the more popular groups of the era and how inspiring their music was -- I got a real giggle out of his view of “The Mamas and Papas” and their music. Apparently, no one told him that The Mamas and the Papas lived in a haze of drugs during that time.
The 1960s were a turbulent era in our nation. Yet, he didn’t mention the racial problems, the political problems, the drugs, the “free” sex that led to so many health problems and deaths during that time.
Maybe that young man needs to at least watch the movie “Forrest Gump.” Or “Apocalypse Now.” Or even “Good Morning Vietnam.”
Those movies aren’t “true to life,” but at least they don’t romanticize that time in our history.
After I grew older and all my friends (thankfully, every one of them!) came home and we all married and had children, etc., we realized that we were luckier than we deserved.
And my really “out-of-style” mother might have been a tad smarter than I was at that time. I’m really grateful now, that at the age of 13, she wouldn’t let me run off and be a hippie.
• Really though, it’s kinda funny -- I’m watching my granddaughters go through the same thing with their mom (and yes, I went through it with their mom also).
For a long time, my mother was just so dumb that I couldn’t understand how she stayed home alone all day.
Then one day, I realized my daughter was thinking that about me. Turn-about sure is fun!
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