Monday, March 10, 2014

Musical Monday #2

Growing up as a child of the 1960's something scared me more than the boogey man...more than a werewolf, Frankenstein, Count Dracula and invading aliens from outer space all rolled into one huge, very real threat.  The Cold War between United States and Russia had escalated to a fever pitch. I remember having air raid drills during school hours in case of a nuclear attack.  Since Bangor was home to Dow Air Force base we, Bangor residents were very aware that our small city would be just one of the many ground zero targets. Even as a small child I knew that there was no bomb shelter secure enough that could save me and those people I loved. What I saw in the faces of the adults around me was that we really were on the eve of destruction and our fate rested in the hands of our elected leaders. The whole world held its breath while the nuclear scenario played itself out.



17 comments:

  1. Another fantastic choice.....and a message that still resonates today.

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    1. Yes and that's such a pity that the world will never be at peace.

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  2. Ouch. I remember this well, and how scarily prophetic I feared it. Thank you (I think) for the reminder. The video is powerful too. So much pain, so much grief.

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    1. I think we all need a reminder from time to time.

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  3. Since I was born in '65, I feel like I've missed out...a little too young to be a true child of the sixties.

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    1. Oh you're but a twig on the tree of life! I was born in '55 so I caught most of it as a child.

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  4. In 1956, we all gathered in the cafeteria, crawled beneath the lunch tables. I gazed up at the huge glass windows and wondered how they would break. Scary times, and I didn't know why.

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    1. The picture of you doing that is a very graphic one!

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  5. I remember that song well. It was frightening but also very interesting times.

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    1. In my opinion, I think the good out weighs the bad.

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  6. It won't matter where one of these babies goes off the whole planet will be poisoned. Thank heavens the major super powers realise this now which leaves banana republics in the fray.

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  7. let's hope that the super powers continue to get it in the future.

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  8. I remember that way too well. I remember the siren for the Air Raid drill would sound and the teachers made you walk single file to the hallways. You had to get on your knees and put your head down by the wall. Then even before I started school the siren would go off and you had to sit inside the house until the signal was all clear to go outside again. I remember sitting on my Mom's cedar chest and looking out the window feeling how inconvenient to my bicycle riding all this was.
    What a enjoyable read bring back memories I thought I had forgotten.
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  9. I don't think I've ever heard that song...but I must have! I just don't remember it. Thank you for sharing it. What's really sad is that song was written in 1965, but the events represented in the video, which illustrate the song so well, go on for 40+ years afterward. It will always be like this.

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  10. I grew up with that song, and I know what you mean. I remember in elementary school, the siren going off and us walking single-file into the cafeteria, where we put our heads down and waited for the all-clear...

    I wonder how much that affect our little psyches?

    Pearl

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  11. We had to go under our desk, put our heads between our knees and interlock our fingers over our neck...yeah, that'll stop radiation.

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