Wednesday, October 25, 2006
memories of the 1960's

Over the last few weeks I watched quite a few documentaries on PBS. They were mostly repeats, but they were for me, as it tirned out, very important to watch at this point in time. One was a Review of The 1960’s political scene…covering all the important things that occurred politically domestically, that effected all of us here in our country during that period, in the 1960’s. It was a heartfelt reminder of how important the 60’s were in almost every way---good and bad---the bad being the loss---the terrible loss, of some of the most important leaders this country has ever had. And then, starting in the 60’s and going into the 70’s was the last time---till now, that we had an unconscionable war that divided our country bitterly. Namely, The Viet Nam War.

It was good to be reminded of the passion of the 60’s. And to also be reminded that once upon a time there were leaders that we could respect and support and that there was somebody to vote for….”Vote For”---the operative phrase. There were bright caring articulate people running for office and in office. Speeches were made that were memorable beyond words and inspiring and moving, too….these are etched in our minds and hearts forever, with the eloquence they bespoke.

One of the documentaries was called RFK. (I did not remember seeing this….because, in fact, it is a new documentary….). It was a truly illuminating, thoughtful and deeply moving evaluation of a man that we watched grow and change as the years went on, starting back in the '50's when he worked for the House Un-American Activities Committee under the thumb--so to speak--of Senator Joseph McCarthy, (a shocking time in our history…) to the election of his brother, John F. Kennedy to the presidency, to being appointed Attorney General by his brother, to his brother’s horrific assassination in 1963, to his being elected to the Senate by New York State, to his decision to run for the Presidency which then led him to that most important and terrible June of 1968, and his assassination. Watching this now through the understanding of where we are right now in 2006, I found this film deeply deeply moving.

Before RFK joined that race in 1968, the man who gave us hope was Eugene McCarthy, that erudite gentle soul who spoke out against the war in Viet Nam and swept the campuses of this country with his honesty, as well as those of us still reeling from JFK’s death who were looking for someone to believe in who would take up the mantle of peace….

My great and wonderful friend, Norma Crane, (who died of cancer at the age of 43---a terrible loss to all who knew and loved her...) a lovely actress and a terrific person,
asked me if I would like to help out in the McCarthy campaign, I had never before actively campaigned for any candidate for office….Oh, I was ‘for’ some candidates, like John F. Kennedy, but I had never gotten involved in doing anything concrete in a campaign before. I asked her what she had in mind because I was indeed, very very much FOR Eugene McCarthy…I really did feel he was our only hope….She said that she had been asked, along with her decorating partner Barbara Windom, to decorate a nightclub that was going to be called “Eugene’s” and was to open in an existing space on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, for the purposes of raising people’s awareness of McCarthy and also for raising money for his campaign in a setting that would be fun and would attract the ‘Hollywood Crowd’ who weren’t on board already.

I kind of loved the idea of that…and asked what she wanted me to do….She suggested maybe I could make a big collage of McCarthy to be hung on one of the walls as part of the decoration...Norma was familiar with my collages and loved them a lot….and I loved that idea a whole lot. And a very dear dear man named Dick Dunlap, who was a director in Television, who had directed many of the Academt Award shows was also working on this project, and said he thought he could get me a very large canvas, if I needed it. In thinking about it, it occurred to him and to me that a big ‘flat’ which is like a moveable wall---used on stage sets and in the sets of many tv shows at that time---would be perfect! And it was.

Dick was able to get that for me and I had asked Norma if she could get lots of printed material as well as
pins of all sizes, and flags of different sizes, etc, for me to incorporate onto this enormous collage. I loved the idea of using three-dimensional pieces for this collage….though it was a concern that some people might take the pins off…(Which they did, of course…) still, I wanted as many varied things to do with McCarthy as I could get. The collage was about 14 feet wide by 9 feet are some pictures of it.....

These pictures are all that is left of that huge huge collage....after the primary it was broken down and destroyed....That very first picture is a kind of over all look at the entire collage as it sat on the wall in "Eugene's" in front of the cocktail tables and such....

Soon after McCarthy’s big win in New Hampshire, Bobby Kennedy decided to run for President. Many people felt he came into the race awfully late and were angry that he was going to take focus away from McCarthy who's momentum was building in an incredible way….Kennedy had said he would not run and then changed his mind, it seemed, because he saw how well McCarthy had done in New Hampshire (according to the documentary RFK, that was not the case...)….whatever the case, he had now openly declared his candidacy, and soon after that Lyndon Johnson said he would not run again, nor would he accept the nomination of his party…so now with Johnson out of the race completely, the field was wide open for Bobby Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy.

Many of us spent many evenings at “Eugene’s” and as some of those pins disappeared, I would replace them….but some could not be replaced and they were never seen again. So by the time the collage was moved to The Beverly Hilton Hotel, McCarthy’s Southern California Headquarters for the night of the Primary, there were almost no pins left to replace the ones that kept getting ‘lifted’….still, it was a pretty impressive piece.

I remember going to the Beverly Hilton that night…it was incredibly exciting and again, a first for me, never having been at a candidate for anything’s Primary Night Headquarters. They had put the Collage against a wall in one of the huge wide hallways leading to the main ballroom. It was horrendously crowded and noisy and I finally decided I was going to go home and watch the results at home on television. The few people that I knew that I had literally bumped into there decided to do the same…by this time it did not look good for Eugene McCarthy. It looked like Kennedy had, with his charismatic being, stolen that primary right out from under McCarthy…

I went home and I was cutting up “melts” for my then four cats….sitting on my bed watching the results, as Bobby Kennedy finished his acceptance speech.
Bedlam ensued when it became clear that Kennedy had been shot as he had left the stage and had gone through the kitchen on his way back to his suite upstairs at The Ambassador Hotel, his Headquarters that night. I screamed…”Oh No!!! Oh Oh Oh….how could this have happened….”…I was crying as I called my friends Ken & Mitzie Welch who had been at The Beverly Hilton and gone home, too…”Are you watching this?” Mitz had answered the phone….”How could this happen, again?” I sobbed….She was sobbing too.

It was too much to bear. Just two months before, Martin Luther King had been shot and killed….a terrible terrible inconsolable loss….and now, this….this unspeakable unbelievable horror. What was wrong with our country? What was happening that we were killing our best men…our finest hopes for the future of this country? Since November, 1963, John Kennedy, Malcolm X., Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, and now, Bobby Kennedy….

The next day I had one of my very long horrific dental appointments and I was pretty wrecked….the dentist gave me Nitrous Oxide gas, thinking that would calm me down...and as always, it made me cry a lot before it finally put me in a strange half-life state….and along with the Novocain I was pretty doped up. My dentist had this little black and white television set that was in the room with us, and as we all were waiting for news of Bobby Kennedy, Dr. Ramos had the little tv on and going. At that point Bobby Kennedy was still alive but not in good shape at all….in this strange half-sleep-haze I heard things through an almost seemingly hallucinogenic state…it sounded like they were saying Serhan Serhan…what kind of name is that? This must be a hallucination…this Serhan Serhan person was the one who shot Bobby Kennedy…how could someone with this strange name...two times...oh...ohhhh...ooohhhhh......I gave up trying to make sense of this dream I was seemingly having…..Hours later…these were long long dental sessions….when I came out of my Nitrous Oxide haze I realized that indeed, a man with the unlikely name of Serhan Serhan had shot Bobby Kennedy. The next day, Bobby Kennedy was dead. The mourning that ensued was like a replay of the inconsolable mourning that this country went through with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy….it was reported that when Bobby Kennedy announced that he was going to run in this election, that his sister-in-law Jacquie Kennedy had said in a terribly worried and prophetic way, “….they will do the same thing to Bobby that they did to Jack…”. She was right.

What stays in the memory when it is jogged by these kinds of documentaries is what I said before. We had people to vote “for” back then. There was a passion on the part of the leaders and on the part of the people….where is that passion now? It is incredible that our present leaders are passing laws that are chipping away slowly and not so slowly at our hard won rights. It is incredible that I do not see any potential leaders in the ‘democratic party’ who stand out and make you want to fight for them and work for them with the hope of saving this country from this very very dangerous road we are on now.

It is incredible that these things are happening and have been happening and it feels like ‘the people’ are indifferent….or maybe it’s because so very many people are on drugs in this country….
and I’m not talking about illegal drugs. I’m talking about all the tranquilizers and anti-depressants and other drugs that are legal prescriptions written by doctors. Just the way old people are housed in nursing homes and ‘alternative’ living places and are given all sorts of drugs to keep them quiet which makes it easier for the ‘caretakers’, but keeps these people in a kind of constant stupor….not caring, not feeling, because their feelings have been shut down or dampened by these drugs…doctors are keeping their patients in a kind of a stupor, too. The pharmaceutical companies are in bed with the doctors and visa versa,

I think that more than half of the population are on some kind of drug that has taken away any possible passion they one might feel. Are the people on these drugs feeling better this way? I guess so, but meanwhile this drugged state keeps everyone in kind of a ‘ho hum-who-cares’ state and the “powers that be” have stolen our democracy right out from under us.

Meanwhile the most important people in any doctors waiting room are those men and women with those traveling bags on wheels who all look like they might possibly be flight attendants,
but are pushing their company’s drugs to these doctors who are more than happy to have this lucrative relationship, while those of us who are really sick and waiting to see the doctor can’t get in there till the doctors are finished with these legal drug-pushers. And our country has been high jacked while we are all dulled down by the drugs the doctors are more than happy to push our way, because it shuts us all up and keeps us docile, and puts money I their pockets.

Where are the Martin Luther King’s and the Eugene McCarthy’s and the Bobby Kennedy’s and even the Barry Goldwater’s? Where are the men and women who haven’t been bought and paid for? Who have true convictions and haven’t been “groomed” to the Enth degree in the ways of politics to the point of having no convictions what-so-ever! Where are they?

Obama. Yes, the only possible hope in a country of 300 million people? And who knows if he actually ran for the highest office in the land would whatever convictions he seemingly has be compromised by the system of politics and the PR of politics?….Oh Dear God, Help Us And Save Us.

Yes, the 60’s were frightening times in many respects and horrifically sad times in many ways too, but it was also a time of strong beliefs, of people really caring about things with an incredible passion…It was a very ‘alive’ time and a very very exciting time, too….The hardships endured during the late 50’s and the 60’s to change the Jim Crow laws in the south----to get equal rights for everyone, particularly in the southern states----is this fantastic lesson in endurance and the passion of an idea who’s time was long long overdue, and the passion to fight on, in spite of the worst kinds of odds imaginable….If you have never seen the three part documentary “Eyes On The Prize”, (which was also re-run in the past few weeks for the first time since 1987, I believe, on many PBS stations) run out immediately and rent it. It should be required viewing in every school in this country as a primer on how hard it was and is to change things that are our constitutional and human right, but how those 'rights' were trampled on mercilessly by our fellow citizens. Watch “The March On Washington” and be thrilled and inspired by that "I Have A Dream..." speech that Martin Luther King gave that very warm warm day in August of 1963. And think about the fact that there has been no one to stir our hearts and minds like that, since that time. Oh, how we need someone like that....someone with strong beliefs and convictions who is articulate and caring who's heart is truly filled with the milk of human kindness and who will inspre us as a people to rise up and start a revelution if that is what it will take to get rid of the crooks running our government right now....where is that truly loving person who has the same beliefs that Anne Frank did when she said..."that in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart...."! Where oh where is there anyone like that?

More To Come......

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Naomi what a deep and passionate post. You could feel how much that time meant to you.
Do you have any idea how much those buttons are worth now? I couldn't help wondering that. Most political memorablia from that time is quite a collectible.
I so agree with you about giving people antidepressents etc. way too easily. Elvis is a good example of what prescription drugs can do to you. Almost everyone I know takes something. I am not going to do it. I understand there are times in life that you might need some help and I understand mental illness. But some people need to find out WHY they feel the way they do and fix it, not pill pop. It just can't be good for us as a society. I'd rather take the pain (emotional) let it make me stronger and live life! People don't want to FEEL anymore.
Thanks again for a wonderful post!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 6:23:00 AM PDT 

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Interesting posting today, especially since I'm a Canadian. I was born in 1962 so really missed all this. All I know about it is from movies, documentaries, articles, books, etc. So it was nice to get the perspective of someone how had "lived" it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 7:04:00 AM PDT 

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Naomi, there are some things you don't know about the medical profession. Yes, drug companies send reps out to push their new drugs... you imply that most are tranquilizers and mood altering drugs but this isn't the case. Antibiotics, diabetes medication, high blood pressure medication, new medication to slow the ravages of Alzheimer's, medication for AIDS and chemotherapy agents for cancer. As former President Bush said the other night on Larry King, if his daughter who died with leukemia as a child, had been born today she very likely would be alive and in remission and would have grown to adulthood.

Secondly, while the drug companies may try to push their wares, only physicians who actually work for the drug companies are paid. Yes, the drug companies leave samples with the doctors and he may give them to patients to try, but the patient doesn't pay for these. Physicians are constrained by the hospitals they work in and the insurance companies of their patients. The hospital pharmacy puts out a formulary, a list of the medications they will stock and this is what the physician must choose from. The insurance companies do the same. I have found that my parent's doctors work with us in finding the best medicaion for the treatment that is also on their insurance formulary and substituting when needed.... it has nothing to do with the drug reps. For example, my mom was on a medication for restless leg syndrome and a mild antidepressant (she has severe chronic pain). A new medication came out that would treat both, with fewer side effects and wouldn't exacerbate her diabetes. Her doctor researched it and thought it would do better for mom and it did. The restless leg pain went away, we only had to get one medication instead of two and her diabetes control wasn't altered.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 7:14:00 AM PDT 

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Almost forgot.... I was in high school in the sixties. While musing about this I found it amusing that the feminist movement at that time included the women in long hippy mumus, marching in the streets, burning their bras. Now the anthem seems to lean more towards the "lock and load the girls". How times change, although I guess you would have to at least mention that period of Madonna's influence.... wearing the underware on the outside.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 7:20:00 AM PDT 

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Terrific post, Naomi, which really leaves me thinking...First of all let me congratulate you on your great memory, this is such a gift! you remember all those little details and emotions...what a sensitive and alert person you are!
This was truly a little history lesson to me, since I am not a US citizen. Your smart observations regarding the current political situation in your country leave me thinking that unfortunately it is an overall situation in the world. Which is very sad. I haven't ever been eligible to vote because I grew up in a dictatorship and after that I have been living abroad, paying taxes and following all my obligations as a citizen, but without the right to vote...
"Where are the men and women who haven’t been bought and paid for? " It is sad, Naomi, isn't it? and I see the new generation is more involved in video games than in youth organizations... something is very wrong...
You brought up very good points, Naomi. Hope everyone reading your post thinks seriously about the current situation and about the direction the US should follow. It's a world leader, there is a huge responsibility. Beginning with every citizen...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 8:25:00 AM PDT 

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What a wonderful post Naomi and very thought provoking. It is sad isn't it that there really is no one to vote for. And Congress needs a good house cleaning too I think. In the 60's I was very young but I remember those times since it was so horrible and I noticed how deeply effected my parents were by what happened. Everyone was glued to the TV and my Mom sobbing when JFK was killed.

I liked your take on drugs and the prescription drug effect on our country. I never thought about it like that but I'd say that very possibly you are right!! I worked for doctor's and I know the drug sales reps and how great they treated us. That is one reason our meds are so expensive. They spend so much on advertising, it is unreal. We got note pads, pens, clocks, paper clip holders, staplers, and lots of free lunches! If you go to ebay now you can even buy these things from people! I was amazed at how much there is offered and I wonder how they get this stuff? Yeah, we got these things given to us to use at the doctor's office but they didn't give you that much of it!

I liked the collage you did. They certainly chose the right person to do that!! :)

Ah, the 60's. I am very thankful that none of my brothers had to fight in the Viet Nam war, but I know some that did, and so many died. It was horrible.

Great post Naomi. Just great!! You should run for President. Then we'd have someone to "vote for."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 8:37:00 AM PDT 

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Interesting post since I dont know much about American politics and such. I know a little due to movies and also reading magazines and newspapers.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 9:52:00 AM PDT 

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That was a very good post and brings back my own memories. I had not wanted Kennedy for president but had coincidentally been in downtown Portland when he was speaking on a steetcorner at a rally and stopped to listen. Only a short time later, someone, who had dropped by, told me he had been murdered. I couldn't believe it and turned on the tv. It was horrifying. After my friend had left, I painted a painting in broad, passionate strokes all in reds, gold, blacks and browns of a figure huddled in the foreground while in the distance a city burns. It was such a disillusioning time to have had so many die that way in such a short span. I hope our country never has to go through such again. It's bad now with the helpless feeling a lot of us have regarding the political direction in this country, the fear that people no longer care if there is cheating or the votes are manipulated through some computer fraud. Not much to say except a sigh. We do what we can to get people to see, and you certainly are with what you write here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 10:03:00 AM PDT 

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What a wonderful post! So true on so many accounts. Where are all the men of vision?

I so had hopes of Harold Ford. He's young, with great visions. TN politics has gotten so nasty. So awful.

It's true on the drug companies. Over half the population is on antidepressants. You have to maintain a politically correct attitude at all times at work, at play. Passion is seen as out of control. Tears a sign of weakness. Anger as threatening. What used to be common emotions, unwanted side effects of life now. I am among the ranks of anti depressant users. To hide the emotions, I'm not suppose to feel.

Where have all the hero's gone?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 11:10:00 AM PDT 

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HI Naomi..
I've never been very political. I do know I don't like our "now" president .. and the last president I voted for was Kennedy! As they say most remember exactly where they were when they heard the news that he was shot. I remember.

You are very right about having no one to vote for! (remember I don't follow politics)..but I think they've all gotten away from helping the people in their own country! Everything from finding ways to NOT be dependant on other countries to totally forgetting the elderly... sad sad sad.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 12:31:00 PM PDT 

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How powerful your post is. I'm too young to remember the Kennedy years, but I know now our country is so different. I'm actually embarassed by our government and the 'dirty' politics. They get dirtier and dirtier. I saw the Oprah interview with Obama and I really like him. But, he hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet and many times, they say one thing but behave another way once they're in the limelight. All we can do is wait and see.
Naomi, I just love reading your posts. You need to write a book!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 4:03:00 PM PDT 

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Hi Naomi, I havent been able to comment for a while as I switched to Beta and it wouldnt let me in..
As always sooo interesting.. I dont know much of the facts re American politics aside from what you see on tv so its really great to read first hand accounts.. By the way I still havent been able to get my hands on that movie, but our friends from Texas are visiting so they will send me a copy when they get home.. It will be a nice christmas present :) So I will let you know as soon as I have seen it..
We love watching your show hehehe x

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 8:14:00 PM PDT 

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What an incredible post! I wasn't alive in the 60s, but I did watch all of those documentaries on PBS (you know how I love PBS). They were inspiring. I loved being able to hear your experiences of that time (and to see that incredible collage!)

The drug situation is horrible in our country. Of course there are people who legitamately need to take certain prescription drugs, but most people are certainly overmedicated every day in this country. It is scary to see what this can do to a person.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 9:19:00 PM PDT 

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Very interesting post Naomi, about memories of the 1960's! It's a great opportunity to learn more about your country. I remember exactly where I was when Jonh F. Kennedy was murdered. I will never forget this tragedy!
I agree with Chris, I love reading your posts and you need to write a book!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 10:55:00 AM PDT 

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I do vaguely remember Norma Connelly. I am pretty sure that she was Luke's aunt. It amazes me at how many people you know!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 12:43:00 PM PDT 

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It's very interesting to read about these times from someone who was there.

Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 7:56:00 PM PDT 

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Great post, I admire your memory as I lived through the 60s (but was very young!)and whilst the history element I could do I couldn't have put in the personal recolections.
Certainly Nixon wasn't the right choice after LBJ????
By the way popped in from Michele's this time.

Friday, October 27, 2006 at 2:04:00 AM PDT 

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Wow. Born in 74'.....and having only learned of these things (JFK, MLK, etc.) in school, I feel like I am missing way too much information!! This post was so enlightening to me, you definetely had your finger on the pulse, and it was so deeply interesting to me to read all about it through your experiences. Wonderful post, I enjoyed every usual. =)

Friday, October 27, 2006 at 7:37:00 AM PDT 

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I have such mixed feelings of being uplifted by knowing some of those greats existed and so sad that they were taken ... our hope. I don't think we'll ever learn the truth of it.

I worry mostly about children. I volunteered for a hospice camp for kids a couple of years ago and we had this training on how to deal with meds. I asked....why? Are most of them on meds...related to the loss they experienced. The answer was NO...they are just mostly on meds.

A good bumper sticker: Recess instead of Ritlan!

Friday, October 27, 2006 at 5:34:00 PM PDT 

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I always always learn something when I read your blog. I think people who lived these experiences are the ones who should be in front of the classrooms teaching it.

And btw,I love doing collages. :)
I'd do one for Bush if they let me use lots of monkeys.


Friday, October 27, 2006 at 9:40:00 PM PDT 

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Great post, Naomi. But I will comment about anti-depressants:

Back in "the day", many people...women especially... wound up in sanitariums with "nervous breakdowns", etc. When I went through my major bout with clinical depression and bipolar disorder, and finally received proper treatment that allows me to function today, I realized that in years past I would have been termed "crazy" and locked up or lobotomized.

Depression...real not a 'sad' state of mind that one can snap out of. It is a physically debilitating condition that can easily lead to suicide. I know. I was there, in that black hole, and could not dig myself out.

Similarly, I used to think that ADD/ADHD were a crock until I had a child of my own who suffers with these disorders. My son cannot function: cannot dress himself, cannot sit still long enough to eat a meal, cannot socialze appropriately without his medication. But on it, he is a bright, engaging, focused person who has accomplished amazing things... and is making friends for the first time in his life (at 11 years old).

SO... while I do believe that some people and children are unnecessarily medicated, don't be so quick to judge. Diabetics don't feel guilty about taking insulin... the same is true for people who suffer with brain-chemistry disorders. "Recess instead of Ritalin"? (one of the commenters wrote)
That truly shows a lack of understanding and compassion. If a cancer patient opts for chemo, do people tell her to "suck it up", or suggest that she go jump rope to feel better?

Off my soapbox now! You know I love ya. And I'd vote for Obama in a heartbeat.

Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 11:13:00 AM PDT 

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I often wonder what would have happened had RFK not been killed. Funny how history can often turn on one tiny twist of fate - not tiny for the one victim, of course.

Sometimes, I regret that I was too young to really appreciate what made that era so unique. I've tried to learn by reading, but there really is no substitute for being there, as your personal experiences have proven time and again.

Thanks once again for being our window on a pivotal time in history; the effects of which remain visible today to those of us astute enough to pay attention.

Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 9:06:00 PM PDT 

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The 60's also produced Tom Leher's prophetic "he gives the kids free samples 'cause he knows full well, today's young innocent faces will be tomorrow's clientele." Pharmbiz has developed addictive drugs to keep its customers hooked. Not surprising, since many of the big tobacco execs who hatched the nicotine schemes now work in the biz. I feel sorry for the kid whose mother is hooked and is destroying her boy's ability to deall with life, clean and sober.

Monday, October 30, 2006 at 3:27:00 AM PST 

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The 60's also produced Tom Leher's prophetic "he gives the kids free samples 'cause he knows full well, today's young innocent faces will be tomorrow's clientele." Pharmbiz has developed addictive drugs to keep its customers hooked. Not surprising, since many of the big tobacco execs who hatched the nicotine schemes now work in the biz. I feel sorry for the kid whose mother is hooked and is destroying her boy's ability to deall with life, clean and sober.

Monday, October 30, 2006 at 3:27:00 AM PST 

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A very inspiring and passionate post, Naomi!
The 60's were indeed a bittersweet time...but you're right, the operative word to describe those years was PASSION. Something that has sorely been lacking in this country the past 6 years.
As my post of last Thursday stated, we DO need another McCarthy, RFK, JFK or Martin Luther King to stir America's passion once again. It's not dead and's simply been in limbo...and the time has come to force it to the surface. You know my thoughts on's somebody like him or Edwards that I feel has the intelligence and competence to stir America's passion once again. Here's hoping.....

Monday, October 30, 2006 at 7:06:00 AM PST 

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