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Thursday, August 21, 2008

1968 Remembered

Some local folks look back at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

I was 11, going on 12, and glued to the news.

Posted by Marie at August 21, 2008 9:12 PM


Those were the days, eh Marie? I was a few years older than you, a sophomore in high school to be exact. But I too became political that summer.

Maybe it would take an event of that magnitude today. I found a discussion on Diane Rehm interesting this morning, when they delved into the actual likeliness of young people voting this year. I sure hope that the level of 'youth' interest is real.

My guy depends on it!

Posted by: Chris at August 22, 2008 1:57 AM

Good post. I knew a couple of old "radicals" who attended, and were right in the midst of it. Quite a sad, but interesting event in American history.

Posted by: Jerome Prophet at August 23, 2008 1:26 AM

I'm a few months younger, Marie, and the only thing I remember about the 68 campaign was the assassination.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at August 23, 2008 7:24 AM

Two assassinations: MLK on April 4. RFK on June 5 (shot just after midnight, died just after midnight on the 6th). Both indelible memories. And earlier that year: the Tet offensive. McCarthy's challenge to Johnson, and Johnson quitting the race (just a few days before King was killed). The disturbances that followed the King assassination--whole city blocks burned down and the police dueling with snipers--traumatized Chicago. Then there was Kennedy's campaign, which was no sure thing, it seemed, until that final night in California, when it appeared he was unstoppable. The convention--the convention was just a capper to all that. I was a teenager out in the Chicago suburbs, and had an impulse to go into the city. The nearby train line went right through Grant Park, where the protest battles reached their most frenzied. I was afraid, though, and somewhat relieved when my parents for once put their foot (feet?) down and said no. Then the election. Nixon and Agnew. Humphrey's hopeless cause. Thanks to George Wallace and Ed Muskie, though, he almost beat the odds (I was a freshman in high school and stayed up all night to watch the returns; Missouri sealed it for Nixon). And then, guess what? The year ended on a beautiful note: Apollo 8 orbiting the moon on the eve of Christmas Eve and those astronauts reading from Genesis while these amazing pictures played on TV.

Posted by: Dan at August 24, 2008 1:06 AM


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