“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – MLK, Jr.

My momma was still pregnant, with me, when some of the most tragic events happened in 1968.  Things like the assassinations of MLK, Jr. and RFK.  As far as the riots that followed Luther’s murder, um, if I had been a black man in 1968, I would’ve probably been involved.  Sadly, one can still see the riot’s destruction in Baltimore (just drive down North Avenue).  Bottom line1968 was a violent year, and I often wonder if my parents dreaded bringing me into all of that mayhem?!  Truth is, we were living in Davenport, Iowa;  which was far from the images being viewed on the news (the Vietnam War).  But, television brought the violence into everyone’s home.  Now, I don’t mean to paint such a grim picture about 1968.  I mean, there were many positive things, too.  For example, the world’s first (successful) heart transplant happened in Chicago!  Also, the internet was born in 1968!
At any rate, the #1 song when I was born was, “Grazing in the Grass.”  It was a unifying jazz song with happy, optimistic lyrics for such a divided time:
“The sun beaming down between the leaves (Grazin’ in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it).  And the bir-ir-ir-irds dartin’ in and out of the trees
(Grazin’ in the grass is a gas, baby, can you dig it).  Everything here is so clear, you can see it.  And everything here is so real, you can feel it.”

Goldie Hawn on #1 show, “Laugh-in.”

Now, 68’s summer blockbuster was “Rosemary’s Baby.”  One of the scariest movies, ever.  I mean, getting raped by Satan is pretty damned frightening!  My favorite television show, back then, was Star Trek.  It was ground-breaking science fiction, and it’s still in syndication to this very day!  Well, I’ve rambled on enough about 1968.  If I’ve gotten any blog lurker’s attention, then come back another time, when I talk more about 1968 (and eventually every year of my life).  For it’s a goal to write about all of the major events from my lifetime.

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