Thursday, June 29, 2006
1962 AND YA CAN'T PRAY IN SCHOOL ANY MORE
Pretty hapn' year 1962...Rachel Carson published her book Silent Spring which documents the damage caused by pesticides..Look how far we have come...pesticides are the least of our problems for the environment, no thanks to forest gump...the fucker...hey, even in 1962 I cussed the little weasel...Ok, what else, oh..the Supreme Court declares the use of a non-denominational praye in New York State schools violates the Constitution's seperation of church and state...ah, so that's when all this shit started..During the months of Oct. and Nov. we had the very very scary Cuban Missle Crises..The US and USSR came close to nuclear war when the US learns the Soviet Union is installing offensive nuclear weapons in Cuba. Crisis is ended when Moscow dismantles the launch sites in exchange for Kennedy's pledge to not invade Cuba...That was a hairy time for America...and as Bob was a fireman on the largest SAC base in the country he was on duty almost full time...at one point they evacuated the entire base with the exception of the Fire men...He had to stay on the base while every one else was shipped off the base...the families stayed where we were...we weren't important enough to move...if the base got bombed...we were expendable..along with the town of Roswell, New Mexico...But all those airplanes had to be moved..and none of the firemen were allowed to call their families..so none of the wives knew where our husbands were or how long it would be...finally Kennedy and Krueshev(sp) bent over and kissed each other's ass and it was over with...but not a good memory for me....'62 was also the year that John Glenn was the first American to orbit earth...3 times in 4 hours and 55 minutes.I remember that like it was yesterday..always interested in space travel..and James Meredith was escorted to University of Mississippi by the Federal Marshals so he could attend...that was probably scarrier for James Meredith than it was for John Glenn..
but the music...oh did we have some music...'The Peppermint Twist", by Joey Dee and The Starliters, 'Soldier Boy' by The Shirelles, Little Eva sang her little heart out with 'Loco'Motion'..Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons had two major hits, 'Sherry....Sherry baby'...and 'Big Girls Don't Cry'...and they have come full cirlce by the Broadway play about their lives just won a few Tony's..Jersey Boys..Brenda Lee was 'All alone am I', and the song from "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" by Gene Pitney was terrific...cause 'he was the bravest of them all'....if you like Westerns and missed that one...go check it out..has Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and Lee Marvin as the bad guy...man that was a great movie..Roy Orbison had two big hits also, with 'Leah'(try singing along with that song...you'll hurt yourself) and Dream Baby.Gene Chandler was 'The Duke of Earl', he wore top hat and cane and did most of the song on one knee...and rounding out the songs of '62 is the Beatles..with Love Me Do...great song.Bob and I were struggling to make it on his military pay, but he wouldn't let me work so I stayed home and listened to the radio..he worked 24 on 24 off and worked a part time job on his day off...say alot of things about ole asshole #1, but he was the hardest working guy you would ever want..and he didn't hit me or cheat on me(knew I would cut something dear to him off)but he was one of those little guys with the little guy ego..so he made up his supposed failures by belittling me all the time..stupid...can't do anything, shut up, no one cares what you think...that sort of thing..knowing me now you would not believe that I would ever take crap like that from anyone...but putting up with crap like that is what made me the mean bitch I am today..haha.The Crystals might have been singing about 'He's a Rebel' but I grew up to be one....