And where was I? What was I doing? I had the great good fortune of spending the summer with a family in Arlington, VA. I raised my own money to make the trip with matching funds coming from my parents and grandmother. It took a whole year to plan, save, and prepare. That summer I also traveled to Newark, NJ to visit and friend, and New York City to visit my sister, Erva, who was a student at NYU.
I took a lot of pictures. If you don't think the Clean Air Act had any affect, all you have to do is look at these pictures of Washington, DC and New York City to learn the truth.
The Capitol Building from the Washington Monument
The White House from the Washington Monument
The Lincoln Memorial from the Washington Monument
The Lincoln Memorial
The Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial
My sister, Erva, in front of the Lincoln Center, NYC
Erva at the top of the Empire State Building
Me at the top of the Empire State Building
Macy's and Gimbels from the Empire State Building
From the Empire State Building
Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry
The Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry
Me on my last day.
You wouldn't know from this post there was turmoil and tension happening all over the US. San Francisco was a kind of counter balance to what was happening elsewhere in the US. Just during the months of June, July, and August there were race riots in Tampa, Buffalo, Newark, Minneapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Washington DC.
The Six Days War occurred at the beginning of June. At the end of August the American Nazi Party leader, George Lincoln Rockwell was killed in Arlington, VA.
Yes, these times are very trying, but I have to believe there are young people out there who have experienced something good and wonderful this summer. We survived the '60s, we can survive these times too.
Today I'm thankful Hurricane Harvey didn't dump a lot of rain on us. I know others in Texas are suffering. But this is the extent of our "damage."
What are you thankful for? Were you around for the Summer of Love? If so, share a memory! If not, would you have liked to have experienced it?