THE 70s

 

THE 70s

 

The 70s began with protests and the Kent State shootings.

The VCR was invented, MASH was the popular show on TV. Terrorists attacked the Olympic Games in Munich. Abortion was legalized and we pulled out of Vietnam. In 1974 President Nixon resigned. Microsoft was founded Elvis Presley was found dead in1977. In 1979 Iran took Americans hostage in Tehran.

 

The 70s were the days of watching my 3 kids grow up to adulthood. They got drivers licenses. Danny registered for the draft when he turned 18 . Their High School years were filled with changes. The music was sometimes earsplitting Alice Cooper and then there were The Carpenters to quiet it down a bit. Mick sometimes played his trombone to one of our old records and then broke into the Nebraska Fight song or Boomer Sooner. Danny was always working on someones car. Sandy was old beyond her years and married right out of High School.

 

I worked at school for a few years, substituting and aiding teachers. Clay Center seemed to be thriving. Drs. Kim Chi and Voung practiced medicine. A doctor in town brought a new pharmacist. I worked for Bill Corkle in the old Nieman drug store and later for Gordon Ockinga. I discovered that I really liked the day to day experience with the public. The North Side of the square had businesses in every building. I don’t know if anyone realizes how difficult it is to see the ruins when we remember what it used to be.

 

Sandy graduated in 1972 and married Mike in June. So now the family grew by one. Danny graduated in 1974, went to Central Tech school and became a mechanic at Friesens in Sutton. Then later at the Meat animal research center in the automotive shop. Mick graduated in 1977 worked for the city for a short time, then at the Meat animal research center with heavy equipment, then became a lineman for REA.

 

In 1977 Sandy and Mike gave us our first grandchild. Anna was just the beginning of life as grandparents.

 

In 1979 Max retired from the post office and the empty nest years began. Lo and behold he threw away the last beer can out of the house and for the rest of his life never had another one. We had some good years letting the kids go and have a life of our own.

 

Thanks for reading. It’s sometimes fun and sometimes not so fun to bring up the past.

 

 

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THE SIXTIES

THE SIXTIES

 

THE SIXTIES

The sixties began with the building of the Berlin Wall in 1960. The Soviets launched the first man in space and my family was beginning to grow up.

 

The early 60’s were all about staying home with the kids. Clay Center had a new swimming pool and every summer afternoon was spent there. Moms had time to actually be in the pool with the kids. We all had black and white tvs and the kids first songs were advertising ditties like the alka seltzer song. The Hamms beer bear was a favorite.

We had a young president in the white house with kids just like our own. Clay Center had a lot of kids. There was talk of consolidating the school, but Clay Center held off because we were growing. The cold war was at its worst and we were sure there was a big war on the way when Russia moved into Cuba and the Cuban crisis was underway. The blockade was successful in stopping a nuclear attack. Headlines from Hollywood : MARILYN MONROE FOUND DEAD OF AN OVERDOSE.

 

Then worst of all our young president was assassinated in Dallas. It was one of the first crisis that the children of the 60’s experienced and surely must have influenced their feeling of safety.

 

I grew closer to my own family and farther away from my brothers and sister. The kids still liked to play with their cousins, but we didn’t get together as often as I would have liked.

 

In the mid 60’s we experienced our first family tragedy when my sister Norma’s young husband developed cancer. They moved back to Aurora and he lived for 3 years. We managed to go on a camping trip to Johnson lake with our kids. I remember the good times.

 

Sandy became a teenager and she loved the Beetles and the soap opera Dark Shadows. Danny and Mickey got their first bikes and had a lot of good friends. Wow I really do miss all those kids who used to stop by and play in the sand pile with the boys. The kids were all bright but they weren’t very eager about studying. Like all siblings, there were spats and I tried to stay out of them.

 

Clay Center built a new school. We had over 30 kids in kindergarten, so it was time.

 

In 1965 the U. S.sent troops to Vietnam. My kids were growing up and I was getting restless. I began studying correspondence classes and received a temporary permit to teach in Harvard NE for three quarters. Later, I was a substitute teacher and a teachers aide in Clay Center for ten years.

 

Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. In 1968 we went to the Hastings Airport to see Robert Kennedy. He was campaigning for president. A few days later he was assassinated in California. This had to have a great impact on our three children. I am so glad we took the time to take them to see him.

 

The sixties went so fast and now the years are even going by more quickly. I don’t want to miss a thing. I do not waste time with regrets. There were many. The good times were terrific.

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