Boomers Are Doin' It!

Has it really been almost 40 years?

by Paula Gaon
Paula Gaon Senior  
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To Woodstock's 40th Anniversary15 August 2009




Can you believe it? We're coming up on Woodstock's 40th Anniversary.
I sure can't believe it. Weren't we just laughing at our parents' reactions
to some of the songs, if they caught on at all? It was so obvious to us that
their generation had made a total mess of the world and couldn't possibly
understand such a phenomenal event of peace and love. What happened?
We're too young to be this old.

Where were you in August 1969? I was a minor, still in high school, too far
away and broke to have made it there. Even if I'd tried, my parents would have
sent the "Pigs" after me. None the less, had plenty of fun the next couple of
summers
at the "Woodstock Spinoffs". But after all this time, can't help but
wonder what the Original
Woodstock was like.

Were any of you there? Got any pics or stories to share about Woodstock itself
or the era?
Let's hear it! And here's a little added fun whether you were there,
not yet born, still crawling
around, too young or too old. Follow

this link to take the
Woodstock Trivia Quiz. And let it all hang out!



Peace & Love,
Paula
Mar 13th 2008 14:44

Comments

Paula Gaon Senior   
Hey Peaceful,

I knew there was something I like about you!
You're a fellow Libran and an artist--loved
those tie-dye tees this is all too familiar.
But if you were born in '52, wouldn't you have
already been in high school in August '69?
Not important.

How'd you do on the Trivia Quiz?

Paula/BoomSpress

Mar 13th 2008 15:35   
Jeff Greene Committed   Online Marketing Specialist/Consultant
I was in High School, Dang It!

My memory sucks... I'm a Boomer, all right! LOL!

I was an early promotion-- And attended High School Classes, while I was still in Junior High.. Both Schools were in the same building... Duh!
Mar 13th 2008 16:17   
Jeff Greene Committed   Online Marketing Specialist/Consultant
I did score 75% in WoodStock trivia, Boomer...

I am also playing another Trivia game against a TV celebrity today, and I'm going to whip her, but good! :)
Mar 13th 2008 17:50   
Jeff Greene Committed   Online Marketing Specialist/Consultant
Til this day, I carry hope that The Message will get thru... I am a rampant idealist, and probably always will be... I have several stories about turning 55, and some humour about the Love Generation posted here at Apsense...

We are too young to be this old, indeed! :)
Mar 13th 2008 17:58   
Jenny Stewart Professional   
Hi guys

I got one wrong - but how was I to know who was pregnat - we had radio and it didnt show!

Does anyone remember which song Richie Havens sang to open Woodstock??

My goodness - didn't we have hope in those days. We really thought it was going to come out right!

And here is a very special song for you all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5btZWbViPA

Nothing has changed

Lots of love
jenny
Mar 14th 2008 00:21   
Paula Gaon Senior   

Right on, Jenny. The more things change, the more
they stay the same and here we sit scratching our
heard and wondering what happened, or didn't.

Have a great weekend,
Paula/Boomspress
Mar 14th 2008 10:03   
Arthur Webster Senior   Just plain honesty
Woodstock.

Yes.

I heard of that.

Having just returned from fighting in the Middle East and found my first wife, I was aware of the power of love and the futility of war.

It used to amuse me to listen to young people debate, at great length, the future of this world of ours. Of course, they weren't too worried about conventional war - they had not seen it except in a glorified and 'all the heroes survive' Hollywood manner. They would not listen as their parents tried to explain just waht it was all about but, of course, they thought it was all about nuclear war. A few big bombs and it would all be over unless the chain reaction everybody feared really did start. But, of course, they hadn't seen that, either, except in government sponsored propaganda films.

I think Woodstock was the beginning of the end of the age of innocence.

Woodstock finally brought youth into the political arena - and youth was callow, giving the war mongers exactly the sort of fuel they needed to ensure conventional war would not only continue, but become the evil it is today.

Today there are many regular peace rallies and many different sets of people vying to create the biggest and best but, as with all originals, those who experienced the first Woodstock will have unique memories of the music, the personalities and the times when thousands of young people could get together and nobody get killed.

If only the politicians of the day could have embraced and harnessed the spirit of Woodstock.

At least youth and the music industry learned how to harness and fully utilise the enormous power that youth embodies.

Thanks to Woodstock, within most countries of the world, there is now a mechanism in place that will spring to the aid of those most in need. If you were there, you are, indeed, a most fortunate person. Someone who has seen the planting of a universal seed and the growth of a youth culture that very nearly changed the world.
Mar 14th 2008 18:06   
David Dubb Professional   ESL Coach + InternetWork Marketer
Hi all,

Being only 4 at the time, unfortunately I was not there. However, Woodstock has ad the message
will forever be.

Happy Saturday
Mar 15th 2008 04:41   
Paula Gaon Senior   
TheOldCoot says:

"If only the politicians of the day could have embraced
and harnessed the spirit of Woodstock.

At least youth and the music industry learned how
to harness and fully utilise the enormous power
that youth embodies.

Thanks to Woodstock, within most countries of the
world, there is now a mechanism in place that will
spring to the aid of those most in need. If you were
there, you are, indeed, a most fortunate person.
Someone who has seen the planting of a universal
seed and the growth of a youth culture that very
nearly changed the world."

Beautifully said, Old Coot. Your sentiments remind
me of the popular song by Baz Lehrman a few years
back:

"Use Sunscreen": "Enjoy the power and beauty
of your youth; oh never mind; you will not understand
the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded."

http://www.lyricsdownload.com/baz-luhrmann-sunscreen-lyrics.html

Really smarts...

In any case, in my humble opinion, the world is in state
beyond what we once called convention war. We have
steadily escalated to swift and lethal random acts of
violence and destruction. The events of 911 are an
excellent case in point. Can't help but wonder how
the youth of today envision a solution to this twist in
human events.

Paula/BoomSpress

Mar 15th 2008 14:22   
Cheryl Baumgartner Professional   Medical Billing/Coding/Insurance
Well I was only 5 at the time but the music had invaded the family home. Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin were all my brother listened to. My mom would play Edwin Starr's War. We did get the message through the music
Mar 18th 2008 09:40   
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