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Every year there are fewer of us. Weíre getting older just like everyone else. In 1968 we were 150 strong but our numbers have diminished every year since. At this yearís reunion we were down to 73. Accidents, disease, overdoses, suicides, they have all taken their toll. Itís not easy living in this time but at least I know Iím alive. When/where Iím from death is rare but life is rarer.
Culturally it was a rich stew. The Beatles and their music burst on the scene. Modern art grew and evolved at a mind boggling rate. We discovered LSD and other psychedelic drugs. Several of us lost our way and our lives through drugs. Woodstock came and went but, as tempting as the drug scene was, the lure of the lifestyle was stronger. The majority of us got through those times in good shape. Our reason for being there began to make less and less sense. Why try and import change? Why not just change the world and let the future take care of itself?
Rick Tornello that last comment was mine.
was there, saw a lot of other things too, mass control, media control, worked at a Pacifica station for a little bit,a very little bit, went to Woodstock, saw how drugs imported helped to suppress and control, had to make a living had a kid at 19, conflicting goals, but jail for non-support was a strong impetus to keep somewhat of a clear head. painted as in art for a bunch of years, got a degree and as you said, I talk to some of the old time travelers that are still around wondering what the future will bring. Most old hippies and their offspring have become the ones afraid of any change and become the nannies and helicopter parents. politically correct and afraid to let the children learn how to settle their own problems. DISCLAIMER The editors of this Zine may not necessarily subscribe to my comments or might.
Dogpatch to Harris. I don't know your age, but you are accurate on the overall view of the decade. I lived through it and recognize the points you cover. It was too active-reactive to accurately describe any one event as outstanding or causing lasting impressions on anyone other than those who lived it. Therefore, I doubt if the future described or the ending of the "pickups" were caused by anything they did. I do not believe the "Effect" would have lasted that long. Mankind is too unpredictable.
micheledutcher - laurabeaz - Wonderful story. I like the eerie beginning which sucked me in. My favorite phrase was "dry and humorless place." This story is excellent. You have done a great job and I loved reading it. The pacing was good. The narrator had a strong and steady voice.
micheledutcher - Mark 211 - Great idea for time travel based story and the excitement of youth for seeing and experiencing spectacle is highly plausible. Despite that though there was something a little unsatisfying about the story overall thatís hard to put a finger on Ė possibly itís that the real events mentioned are mainly only referenced without much further comment Ė though then again, it is a short story and not a novel after all.
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