During the ten years right after high school, many of us had been
to college where we were involved
all kinds of civil disobedience from mooning to
freedom rides and civil rights
or anti-war protests
or some of us were in Vietnam involved in the war, itself .
Others merely watched on television, disgusted to view images of
Presidential and other assassinations, cops beating up (or even shooting, as in
Kent State) blacks, flower children or other student protesters, or soldiers coming
home unappreciated (and emotionally wrecked for life)
or not coming home at all (except in body bags).
While we were winning the space race, we saw the Cuban missile crisis, the
Black Panthers' uprising, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and the beginnings of the feminist
movement and warnings on cigarette packages. We could choose among compact cars, stingrays, mustangs and
the music was
fast. We were amused by "campy" Batman
on TV, and we endured surfing music, the British invasion (led by the Beatles and
the Stones), Motown and later, psychedelic music and "happenings."
hippies started the sexual freedom revolution chanting "Make love, not
war" and, along with Timothy Leary, cheered on
an alarming rise in recreational drug use with his slogan, "Turn on, tune in,
drop out." And, of course, the decade came to an end with the biggest
"love-fest" of them all, Woodstock.
The '60s were quite a wild ride
and except for that triumphant encounter with
the moon (also at the decade's end)
in July 1969
that made most Americans swell ever so
briefly with pride, they were not so "feel-good" (and
certainly not so simple) as the decade
We were beginning to long for the
happy days. Time for a reunion.
Let the good time roll!
reunion was held at the Sands Beach Club at Lido Beach, NY. The cost was
$15 per person (inflation had not been invented yet)
that included a cocktail hour, a full sit-down dinner and a live
have been searching since this site was launched in 2000 and have been unable to
acquire any photos from this reunion. The closest thing we finally got
in September 2012 ─
was this photo of the Kunkels (Gerda Balding and
Joe) preparing to go to it:
am still searching for photographs taken at our
10-year reunion in 1970. If you have any, won't
you please dig 'em
out, scan 'em and e-mail 'em to me?
Or if you mail 'em to me,
Howie Levy, 252 Hickory Hollow,
Las Vegas, NV 89123,
they will be returned to you unharmed for sure.
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