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post #31 of 62 (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 11:45 PM
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I am just beginning to see the generational issue from the other side. At 73 I have adult kids. They are all 3 successful, productive citizens, yet because Dad has a few nonconventional ideas, I feel they tend to discount everything I have to offer in the way of advice. Do not be afraid to learn something from those that went before you. We did not do it perfectly, but we inherited a mess from our elders as well. In the end, you still have to live with the decisions you make. ...J.D.
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4 years old. The only thing I was protesting was probably vegetables.
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I was five. I'm truly glad I only know of the Vietnam war and those times via documentaries and stories. Seems like there wasn't enough peace, love and cookies

Did generate some excellent music though, although the point about commercializing pain is noted.
Means you probably missed all the Jane Fonda bullseyes in the urinals then.

Was driving a newish DD then in the North Atlantic and Med and sitting on Russian subs. Don't let anyone tell you that was a "cold" war either, but at least most will agree it was totally justified. And if I were taken out, would have been vaporized wearing a clean shirt.

Wouldn't trust documentaries much on Vietnam after maybe 1990. The PTSD from that disaster was exponentially worse than anything in the past couple of decades.
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OK many interesting response's to my question. Many were more than I expected. It was intended to be a simple question as where were you when you heard X died. (Enter a name based on your experience/age) Me? I was living in the burbs of Chicago. I came home from work and saw it on the Evening News. Understand I had been going to school in the Chicago Loop during the 68 Convention.

Lambroing as far as your comments on Hanoi Jane her visit to the North was in July of 1972 less than two months prior to the massacre in Munich. The August Madison WI bombing was much closer (time wise)to Kent State


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Living in Ann Arbor, MI and had just taken delivery of a brand new 1970 340 'Cuda. Wish I still had it! Also, started motorcycle shopping but did not buy one until the following spring--1971 Triumph Daytona T100R. Still have that!
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It was a social revolution and there are definitely parallels that can be seen today.
Yes, but we now see the younger generation as no hopers and lazy. Funny how time can alter the perspective on things.
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Yes, but we now see the younger generation as no hopers and lazy. Funny how time can alter the perspective on things.
Yep! Every generation poo poos the next one and the one before it.

You should've heard what my late grandfather (born in 1903) had to say about Baby Boomers. It was the first time I heard several popular curse words.

I personally know Millennials who aren't worth a squirt and are everything negative that is said about them. I also work with Millennials who are the hardest working, caring, and thoughtful people I've ever met. Vast generalizations based on one or even a few observations is faulty reasoning.
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I think a lot of millennials don't have life in full focus yet. How could they. As we older ones know, it takes years ! I think most of them have a good conscience, but it needs a little training. They will tell you us older ones have it all wrong, but I can overlook that. ...J.D.
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I was 10 years old in 1970. My older brother bought a '56 Chevy (didn't tell the parents). He parked it down the alley and managed to keep it hidden for a couple of months. He only had a Learner's Permit, so there was a good reason for our clandestine activity (in our minds).

We had a lot of fun working on that car. We replaced the torn vinyl on the door interiors and had the interior looking great. Exterior was two-tone green and white; no rust. It had a 265ci V8 under the hood; transmission was a 'three on the tree' and the car was fun to drive.

Our subterfuge was thwarted by a family friend. Having seen my brother driving down the main drag the day before, the family friend said to our Mom, "I didn't know **** already had his license! I saw him driving down Norfolk Avenue yesterday!"

The conversation at dinner that night was tense, to say the least. My brother drove the car home. The parents tore the plug wires off the motor and informed us that the car would be sold. We got grounded for about a hundred years.

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I was 4 years old in Brooklyn NY. According to my mom, dad had left for the army a " sweet smiling kid" and returned from Vietnam pretty much completely nuts. The term PTSD hadn't been invented yet. Everything in our house got turned upside down, figuretively and literally. Our whole family spent the next 20 years trying to work that out and we are still dealing with it. Made for a traumatic childhood, I can tell you that much.
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