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Memories of 1967

We threw it out to Facebook: What are your memories of 1967? Here are the responses.

“Ankh rings, lava lamps, Rod McKuen poetry, barefoot all the time.”

“Ohohoh....I felt absolutely sinful reading ‘Valley of the Dolls’ and (less sinful) watching ‘Peyton Place.’”

“Oh wait — wasn’t there a ton of rioting that summer? East coast? I remember black and white TV and watching those.”

“The Doors. The Doors.” — Nancy Stanley

Taken by Melissa Logan Haun. Courtesy Nancy Stanley

“I was only 6 but I’m still technically a baby boomer. I remember striped (vertically) pants, and our family station wagon was called lovey-love. It was yellow with red wood grain side.” — Ann Tracy

"Pea-green VW bus... and, the Billboard top 100 from 1967.” — Duncan Stitt (On the top of that list: “To Sir With Love,” “The Letter,” and “Ode to Billie Joe.”)

“First kiss....” — Steve Harris

Courtesy David Sewell: David Sewell with his grandfather, Marvin (left), and father James in 1967. He was 12 in 1967.

“Wow. Where to start? Super Bowl I: Green Bay over Kansas City; Thurgood Marshall appointed to the Supreme Court; the first Doors album (and appearance on Ed Sullivan), lots of Vietnam War protests, the 1967 Dodge Charger…. I also seem to recall MLK (Martin Luther King) denouncing the Vietnam War that year. My conservative parents believed Dr. King was receiving his orders directly from Moscow.” — Dave Sewell

“First summer out of high school, first pot experiences, growing my August it was looking good ‘in back’.” — Robert Whitley

“The six day Israel war victory. Thurgood (Marshall) becomes the first black supreme court justice. Rod McKujen poetry.” — Tomas DeMoss

“The great Chicago snowstorm of ‘67 — it shut the city down! Lots of time to pull your sled on Lake Shore Drive full of groceries. Cars were abandoned, 4 and 5 abreast, many never reclaimed.” — William L. Killian

“The generation gap.” — Patrick Hynes

Courtesy Patrick Hynes

“I discharged from the Army on Dec. 7, 1967. As I was leaving, the discharge officer suggested I may want to change out of my Class A Dress Uniform. I asked why. She said, ‘It may not be received well by the civilians.’ I was actually warned NOT to wear my uniform. I wore it for a week, since none of my clothes fit my new physique. I did see protestors everywhere. But, people were nice to me. Although, at the Ft. Ord hospital, where I was hospitalized for 2 weeks , my fellow patient/brothers, told me stories of being spit on, even those in wheel chairs. I have been to The Wall (Vietnam War Memorial) in D.C., 4 or 5 times and I visit the name of a friend of mine in the 1968/69 section, every time.” — Sheldon Metz

Chris Richards, courtesy Jim Johnson: Jim and Marilyn Johnson

“...May 26 will be our 50th wedding anniversary. That’s a big memory for us. Also (I was) close to 30 that year and (at) the point of not being trusted.” — Jim Johnson

“Lived through the racial riots in Detroit, with fear and sorrow.” — Dick Rehse

“At UCSB, we liberal students protested a planned performance by ‘Up With People’ due to their affiliation with the Moral Re-Armament movement.” — Bob Kovitz

Courtesy Bob Kovitz

Courtesy Mark Klugheit

“End of sophomore, beginning of junior year, of college. It was the time when pretty much everyone — who had showed up at Yale as freshmen in crew cuts and J Press blazers — ‘freaked out.’ That was the term we used, and the only question was when. The hair got long. The dining room dress code was ignored. Dope (i.e., marijuana) was pervasive. Girls started staying overnight in the all-male dorms. Country Joe and the Fish, Jefferson Airplane, Cream and The Doors blasted out of windows all across the campus. Woodstock Nation was arriving early in New Haven.” — Mark Klugheit

“I was not-so-diligently avoiding getting my butt drafted. 1968, Cu Chi Viet Nam in an Army Infantry unit.” — Darrell Klesch

“Hearing a fellow classmate was killed in Vietnam, and attending my first SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) meeting at the University of Chicago.” — Marvin Kirchler

Courtesy Marv Kirchler: Marvin Kirchler (center) in Chicago with friends, 1967.

Courtesy Carol Del Grego Sottosanti

“I was still in High School (Rincon) where the assistant principal had a yard stick and if your skirt or dress was more than 5 inches above the knee she sent you home for the day.” — Carol Del Grego Sottosanti

“Ohio high school parties with fireflies, listening to The Doors and Frank Zappa and wishing we lived in California.” - Alice Pillion

“Jimi Hendrix live — played his guitar like no other — with his teeth.” — Sue Sherrick

“Race riots in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. National Guard called in to restore order.” — Dan Dunn

“Doors played at Hi-Cobett Field, as did Buffalo Springfield . ...” — Mary Kane-Walthall

“Release of Sgt Peppers (Lonely Hearts Club) Band, Beatles.” — Anita Fonte

Courtesy Anita Fonte

“I was four and staying at my Aunt Bea’s farm while my parents left for two weeks and brought home my twin sisters... I remember one night being so sad and homesick and staring at the giant black Ma Bell telephone wanting to talk to my mother. My parents came to get me that very night. I also remember that Vietnam was on the black and white television every night with the familiar voice of Walter Cronkite. I remember thinking we had always been at war and as a small child it seemed very distant a reality, but I had a sense that it was wrong.” — Candy Garmon

“I was there (Doors concert). Hi Corbett field...Jefferson Airplane, the Rascals there that summer too.” — Robert Whitley

At the Doors concert at Hi Corbett: “Everyone was milling around on the field, mostly in front of the stage, but I remember going behind the wooden stage set up on the pitcher’s mound and tripping over the electrical cables powering the amps. At some point in the performance (singer Jim) Morrison, bottle of whiskey in hand, began humping (keyboard player Ray) Manzarek during an organ solo. We stood not more than 6 feet from the band on the infield grass, like it was a big block party with the best live band we had ever heard.” — Nick Varner

Courtesy Nick Varner: Nick Varner with a friend in 1967

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