August 10, 1990 |
Twenty years ago, on the night of Aug. 24, 1970, four young men known as the New Year's Gang bombed the Army Mathematics Research Center (AMRC) at the University of Wisconsin . By far the most violent protest of the era, the blast damaged 26 campus buildings, wiped out the work of dozens of scientists, injured a night watchman and three graduate students and killed a physicist, Robert Fassnacht, who left a wife, three children and an unfinished experiment in superconductivity.
July 13, 1990 |
This summer's newest hairstyles come straight from the history books--1960s history, that is. Back-combed "bubbles," wash-and-wear geometrics, and hippie-like, long, straight styles are being reshaped. At Cristophe and Vidal Sassoon, two top Beverly Hills salons, recent shows featured versions of looks first seen on the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar more than 20 years ago.
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.
April 6, 1990 |
This article is dedicated to those times when our spirits ran free, when anything was possible, and when we could put all our possessions in a VW bug and go. Tom Robbins thrived back in those days--in the afterglow of the 1960s. In four original novels he captured the lingering essence of that epoch--before Vietnam was a movie, before sex could kill you, and when they still talked about drugs as recreation.
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. The students who took to the streets in angry protest at two South Bay high schools Monday and Tuesday are part of a recent explosion in campus activism, the likes of which has not been seen since the civil rights and anti-war movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
September 28, 1989 |
Remember the "Sexual Revolution?" According to the interpreters of the "latest major study" of American sexual habits, appetites and morality, it never took place. That's right. If the folks at the Kinsey Institute are correct--yes, that Kinsey Institute--the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s was all media hype. Americans, insist the Kinseyites, are major-league sexual conservatives.
August 1, 1989 |
Kiss the '60s goodby: Some nostalgia busters have arrived and are suiting up to make Baby Boomers' beloved sentimentality a thing of the past. The National Assn. for the Advancement of Time--a group formed by John Kenney, 25, of New York; Bruce Elliot, 27, of Los Angeles; and Eugene Dillenburg, 29, of Chicago--has proclaimed Aug. 14-20 as "Boycott the Past Week." During that period, the group wants Americans to "forgo the past," Kenney says.
July 14, 1989 |
It is only 25 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson first declared his hopes and plans for a Great Society in America, but his words now sound as distant and strange as echoes from another epoch in another world. So remote do those times seem to the present era of budget restraints and hands-off government that the anniversary of Johnson's speech launching the Great Society--May 22, 1964, at the University of Michigan--passed entirely without notice.