You have heard about the good old days.  That’s the time of life that things were good, tougher and  work ethic was the rule of the day.  “We didn’t have video games when I was a kid.” It’s true we were outside playing all the known sports of the world.  Back in our day we also played Army, (“”Combat” was on T.V. then). We also put many miles on our bicycles, my Mom would have been very upset, if she knew how far off we had gone. Back then was the best of times!  Or was it?

When I was a kid, we had bullies. True they didn’t shoot you in a drive by, nor did we have computers they could use face book saying, someone was weird (Thank goodness) they just beat people up face to face.

There was that Asian war. It was not only fought before our eyes on television and  soldiers crying for help with an IV bottle in there arm, You might have had a brother or cousin fighting  in the jungle not knowing who the enemy was for sure.

When I was a kid Kennedy was assassinated.  When I was kid Martin Luther King was assassinated. When I was a kid Bobby Kennedy was assassinated.

Detroit was on fire with riots and nearby Chicago and Gary was smoking hot with violence . The revolution was televised and rated V for violence

When I was a kid..we had Students for a Democratic Society holding sit ins and maybe a few bombs at the University.  Hippies, Draft Dodgers, Black Panthers, KKK, LSD, and Woodstock (“Don’t take the brown acid”) . The Chicago Democratic Convention and the National Guard shooting four dead at Ohio University.

When I was a kid we heard about War Hawks, Love ins and Napalm.  It was confusing.  And yet “The Beat Goes On.” Beatles new record’s a gas!  Somewhere in all this we had “The Summer of love.”

When I was a kid we had Blues Mcgoos, The Association, Boxtops, Hendricks, The Doors, Yardbirds, The Byrds, Cream, Joplin, Shadows of night, The Animals, Dylan,
Aretha, Creedence Cleerwater, Temptations, the seeds, Cocker, Steppenwolf, James Brown, The Who,The Stones, The zombies, Ten years after, Jefferson Airplane, The Gaithers? (maybe they were later), and of course ; John Paul George and Ringo.

When I was a kid things were good. We still had “revivals”…. “Well, we didn’t have cable and video games.” (or seatbelts, and more died on the roads than in the Viet Nam War).  It’s true we were outside playing all the known sports of the world. Back in our day we played Army. We put many miles on our bicycles, my mom would have been very upset, if she knew how far we had gone. Back then was the best of times!  Wasn’t it?  We wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

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