The past forty years have gone by so quickly...
The big events of that year are very obvious. The two that I remember above all are the Apollo 11 Lunar landing and the Woodstock concert, but as I think about it, I keep recalling more and more memorable events. That year seems to have been particularly full of milestones. Let me list a few:
I was a high school teacher (Fallsburg Central School District) living in Monticello, NY. Adam would mark his first birthday in September of 1969. I was also taking graduate courses at the SUNY college at New Paltz (an at times "interesting" fifty mile drive over the Shawangunk Mountains) and, the following year, would relocate to Binghamton, NY in an attempt (later abandoned) at a PhD.
Adam got to watch the Lunar landing. Oh, okay, so he was still short of being ten months old, but nevertheless I brought him into the living room and held him on my lap as that "giant leap for mankind" took place.
August brought the Woodstock Festival at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, just a few miles from Monticello. Adam did not get to go to Woodstock (something that greatly annoyed him when he grew old enough to realize what he had missed -- even though he was just a baby at the time, he could have told people that he'd been there). Although I've made comments about it from time to time since I started this journal back in '96, I've never really posted anything in great detail. Well, the anniversary weekend is coming up... and I suppose I should give some thought to doing a bit of online memory dumping about it. You know, for historical purposes... Just doing my part as a living fossil.
Oh, and one other event from 1969 -- the first broadcast of Sesame Street. Adam got to see that also.
We're planning on a trip to Martha's Vineyard tomorrow -- even though the weather forecast has changed from "partly cloudy" to "mostly cloudy" with a 30 percent chance of thunder storms. (We = Nancy and me plus Jeremy and Jill and Eli.)