1969 and Then Some: A Memoir of Romance, Motorcycles, and by Robert Wintner

By Robert Wintner

The 12 months while every thing had to be skilled and attempted, while innocence was once tempted, performed, and lost.

1969 used to be that pivotal yr for the infant boomers. younger and blameless, they got the last word freedoms and have been confronted with becoming up.

This touching, hilarious memoir is the real tale of a past due sixties grand journey of Europe—a life-defining parable, when you keep in mind and in the event you can’t. by no means ahead of and never considering the fact that have a handful of seasons so exquisitely outlined the variation among correct and mistaken. With the present of juvenile they observed, sensed, and savored the laughably transparent contrast among revenue cause and greed, among fact and propaganda, among nationwide curiosity and protection contractors, among a beautiful cloud of smoke and the smoke of napalm, and among the phantoms of safeguard and the hazards of complacency and atrophy.

Stoned to the gills after which a few, those adventurers observed and felt and knew issues that no iteration earlier than did. a few absolutely engaged within the counterculture whereas others in basic terms saw, sticking a left foot in, pulling a left foot out, yet no longer particularly leaping to the complete hokeypokey.

It used to be an immense time of self-discovery, of affection, and of checking out what you have been made of.

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She got stuck on self-incrimination every time. The phrase still in its germinal phase was copping out—trading the adventurous prospects before us for the same sameness smothering our parents in the life-stifling suburbs. Maybe her last ditch bid for redemption was telling me matter-of-factly that she would cancel her holiday visit to Boston and cancel her engagement too, if I’d only say the word. She batted her big brown eyes and licked her lips to show how much she liked me, and I think she did like me and would have liked me without inclusion at last in a greater whole that she sorely wanted to call her own.

In the 60s it was smoke and music lifting spirits, building momentum and rising to life as it’s rarely been lived. Talk about Ethernet; we were on the airwaves, wireless, tuned in. A turtleneck and bell-bottoms? Are you for real? We Have Ignition and . . IT DID NOT begin on New Year’s Eve of ’69. By then we were well into the essence of the thing, confident of scratch in all four gears, even as traction became metaphysical, an esoteric concept to ponder in still life. But that night shines with everlasting light.

It’s for emergency. ” Credit cards were for rich kids, kids who got new cars for a sixteenth birthday or a half-decent report card. Cell phones were still three decades away, even for rich kids. I guess Old Mom could have bought some traveler’s checks if she thought I might lose the money, but she didn’t think of that, or maybe she didn’t want to pay those bastards the five or ten bucks for their fake money. Mom had lived through the Depression and knew what five or ten bucks could buy. Never mind.

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