June 26, 1990 |
Do you recall the prediction that the 1990s will amount to a replay of the '60s? I'm not certain about its origins, but I believe this prognostication was based on the observation by historian Arthur Schlesinger that American culture revolves in 30-year cycles. If the Schlesinger theory holds, the '90s should flower into a decade of social turmoil and yearning for higher truths. This may or may not turn out to be the case, of course, but it behooves us to watch for the early signs.
September 11, 1988 |
Not long ago, Newsweek columnist George F. Will laid into Jack Kerouac, the author most noted for chronicling the Beat Generation. Will, the Mr. Peepers of the political right, argued that the rebellion of Kerouac's period, and the "sandbox radicalism" of the '60s that followed, was essentially the acting out of immature malcontents who have long since sold out to conformity, materialism and other aspects of mainstream American life.
January 16, 1997 |
Advertisers are bringing back music from hit TV shows of the 1960s and '70s to give their products a contemporary feel. America Online, in spots from TBWA Chiat/Day, uses the score from the cartoon series "The Jetsons." Levi Strauss & Co. plays the "Partridge Family" hit "I Think I Love You" in a spot created by Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco. Ford Motor Co. uses the theme from "Green Acres" in spots for its Pathfinder truck. MCI Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1997 |
Taking his underdog mayoral campaign onto national television, state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) Thursday defended the activist 1960s as an era that improved America. And he won. Helped by comedian/television producer Jeff Cesario and actress Annie Potts, Hayden stood his ground on the irreverent late-night talk show "Politically Incorrect" against an attack by a conservative commentator who blamed the ills of the 1990s on the decade marked by student protest and free love.
January 21, 1991 |
It's been more than 30 years since John F. Kennedy inspired a nation brimming with youthful, postwar idealism and heralded in the wrenching decade of the 1960s. But all these years later, the period--which historians say didn't really end until the mid-'70s--apparently is still considered by some people to be too hot to touch.
March 7, 1990 |
In the Antelope Valley, it was the anti-gang dress code. In Chicago, it was the firing of school principals. In Contra Costa County, school budget cuts. In Huntington Beach and Anaheim, it was the disqualification of football teams from the state playoffs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1992 |
They came wearing peace signs, tie-dyed T-shirts, bandannas and bell-bottom jeans. They brought picnic lunches, dogs, children, guitars and bongos--even the American flag. Just as free-loving spirits bonded together 25 years ago in the name of love, peace and flower power, the feeling Sunday among 25,000 concert-goers at Mile Square Park was hip, groovy and far out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1999 |
The scene was not unlike that of dozens of other massive Christian gatherings that have sprung up across the country in recent years. In fact, many of the cars driven to the Arrowhead Pond on Saturday bore bumper stickers emblazoned with their names: Promise Keepers, Harvest Crusade, Urbana. But this was somehow different. As the faithful came in waves, a pair of grizzled men in jeans sat next to their camper in the parking lot, one playing a banjo.
February 7, 1994 |
How are middle-aged '60s activists faring? Female former activists are happier and more successful than non-activist women or male former activists, according to a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Williams College and Boston University. The study included 116 people--46 of them activists--who came of age in the mid-1960s.
January 13, 1993 |
The California bands that celebrated the "L.A. Woman" and mourned being "Stuck in Lodi Again" were inducted Tuesday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a gala that toasted not only the music of the '60s but the state's emergence in that decade as America's capital of pop culture.