Monday, April 7, 2014

Observation — 1968, Year Of Loss And Pain

North Korea seized U.S. Navy ship, Pueblo.  North Vietnamese mounted its “Tet Offensive,” believed to have changed the direction of the war in their favor. Martin Luther King was killed and James Earl Ray was arrested for the crime. Robert F. Kennedy was also assassinated. Eugene McCarthy challenged incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson for the Democratic nomination for President, leading him to get out of the running. In the end, Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey for the job. Pope Paul VI prohibited artificial birth control. The Beatles’ “White Album” was released. “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS. Hair debuted on Broadway, Apollo 8 orbited the moon and the Zodiac Killer terrified California. It was an important year for influential books: Myra Breckenridge by Gore Vidal, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick, Armies Of The Night by Norman Mailer, In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan, A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge, by Carlos Castaneda, Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. Yasunari Kawabata won the Nobel Prize for literature. William Styron was awarded the Pulitzer for the Confessions of Nat Turner. The Mystery Writers of America gave the Edgar, its top prize for best mystery, to Donald Westlake for God Save The Mark. The Academy Award for Best movie went to In The Heat Of The Night. Movie theaters also showed 2001 Space Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, Funny Girl, Lion in Winter and Oliver. In music we were listening to “Hey Jude “by The Beatles, “Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat, “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay” by Otis Redding, “People Got To Be Free” by The Rascals. Lucy Liu, Kenny Chesney, Will Smith and Hugh Jackman came into the world. Marcel DuChammp, Helen Keller, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Tallulah Bankhead, Dan Duryea and Dennis O’Keefe departed.  If you were around, what were you during this year of the earth monkey?

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