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August 13, 2009


Rod Proffitt

How well I remember 1969. I grew up on a Kansas wheat farm, and the closest I got to any events of the day came after the fact. I would have liked to have been at the 1968 Democratic convention, but I was in the field. I would have liked to have been at Woodstock, but I was in the field. The only time I really remember being a part of history during that time was when Martin L. King, Jr. died and an impromptu protest just happened, in which I participated. The other was when we landed on the moon - my brother and I climbed Mt. Lincoln (CO) that day and would have climbed Cameron and Bross as well, but we wanted to see the landing on tv. We got down, but had to race across South Park to find a tv, which we did in the lobby of a motel at Lake George just in time to see the landing. I was truly a child of the 60's; I have no regrets and many memories of those days. Hopefully, I still carry the hope for mankind I felt during those years in spite of all that has happened. I knew one person who was at Woodstock; and remember vividly the sheer exhileration in his telling of the days he spent there right after he got back to college after the fact.


That's a really interesting post, Suzanne. Woodstock is always portrayed as a universally inclusive event with a meaning that transcended difference. Perhaps the latter is true but I did not realize, until reading your post, how different Woodstock would appear from Alabama. Frankly, growing up in Central NY I never quite felt like Woodstock happened there -- it just did not seem (and was not) representative of the area.

I think it is interesting, too, that since Woodstock we have seen younger people increasingly adopt beliefs that accord with working together and cooperation. Is it possible there may be less a need for a Woodstock now than there was then?

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