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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:37 AM
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hard to believe it was 40 years ago....it was the summer of my turning 18 and heading off to college..for a sheltered youth, raised as a Catholic alter boy, from upstate New York it was some summer 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

- I went to Woodstock (only 40 miles from my house) and saw "flower children (free love and all that good stuff)

Mets were in the World Series
landing on the Moon
the movie Easy Rider debut
Jets had won the Super Bowl that January
Charles Manson murders
the draft lottery
Ted Kennedy and the accident

for those of us old enough to remember, what stands out in your mind about the summer of 69
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What "stands out" about that summer for me is kind of a personal thing, but I can tell you it was the last day of school (high school).

Those were the days - don't you wish you could go back for just one day and see what it was like? I suspect a lot of it would be far better and siome of it not so good as you remember.

Back then we would go to any concert that came to town, and they all cost just about $4 to $6 per ticket. An expensive ticket was $10. Music was SO much more a part of life back then than it is now, and I hate to say it but I think the musicianship was much better. Mostly because we listened to records, we didn't watch music videos.

None of the bands I cared about had choreographers, I can tell you that.

Anyway - I went to the Denver Pop Festival and saw Jimi Hendrix and just tons of good bands I can't even remember now.
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I remember watching, on a 12" black and white TV, two guys walk on the moon. It is one of the most memorable things I have ever watched on television. It was 40 years ago TODAY!!!!!

The Eagle Has Landed:



Then again I think Brian Adams said it best:


And thats when I met you

Standin on your mamas porch
You told me that youd wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life

Back in the summer of 69


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Well growing up in San Francisco at that time-- I remember the hippies--
and how the neighborhood was changing-----and how colorful it was--in more ways than one-- looking back that is-- ohhhhhh the innocents of
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I feel like a young chicken then.. I know the song "summer of 69" by BryanAdams.. I went to woodstock, in 1994 in Saugerties NY.. My father joined the service a few years prior to 1969. I know they had some of the greatest musclecars built back then!
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mrrobb> I had a childhood friend who used to live in Sauquoit NY... near Saugerties. Went to Saugerties H.S., class of 81 or 82.
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that the year I graduted also, I love the 60`s
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I was going to say "The Summer of 69" was a song by Bryan Adams, but some of you already beat me to it....
Let's see, I was 14 in the Summer of 69, and I think that was the summer my aunt and cousin came to visit from California, first time I'd seen them in 13 years!
I too, remember the moon landing, and Woodstock, and all the great music of the 60's.....

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The summer of 69 was agreat one for me. I had not taken a proper vacation since I had returned from Vietnam in dec. of 67.

I went back to the place where I was born (Portugal). I took a six week vacation and had a marvelous time. I did see the tv coverage of the moon landing and I remember listening of the the news of Ted Kennedy's accident on the car radio as I was driving to a beach.

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The summer of 1969.........I had turned 21 in February. A friend living in Florida invited me to come to Florida so I packed up and came south. I spent the summer living right here in Lakeland. I worked in a department store and in a mobile home factory. In November I began to get homesick for my family in Massachusetts and i boarded a bus and returned home. Now 40 years and a lifetime of living I am back in Lakeland.

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Yup. I remember it well. Summer between high school and college.
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HMMMM, the only WOODSTOCK I remember in '69 was attached to my M-16.

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Looks like there are a whole lot of us who graduated in '69. I remember that summer as the start of college. I took a few extra summer classes to get a jump start. I also got my first real job working for a local clothing store. I had quit my part-time waitress job and now had a full time position. Oh, the memories of a fun summer!
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Old July 21st, 2009, 08:28 AM
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The most amazing thing happened in the summer of 69 (June to be exact). I was born. I hate to correct you Venice, but that was only 21 years old. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Katlady...as usual, the lady's math is always correct
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For me the summer of 69, meant, I was already married 15/16 months months.... I was a very young bride My son was born the following summer, and years later he would say to me, Mom, I wish you had me in 1969...then I could say I was born in the 60's! Also, how come you never went to Woodstock?
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Katlady...as usual, the lady's math is always correct
Smart man. I was acutally born June 26, 1969, I was baptized the day the men walked on the moon. My parents were almost late to the baptism because they were watching the landing. Aside from that I don't remember much about the summer of 69.
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[ Aside from that I don't remember much about the summer of 69.
I didnt think many people remember much from the 60's..
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Well growing up in Long Island and being only 6 in 69 th 2 things that stand out for me was the Mets beating Baltimore in the World Series (thats why Im a Met fan to this day) and the landing on the moon.
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By the summer of 1969, I had already completed my junior year at The Ohio State University, I spent the summer in Teaneck, working in nearby New York City for a bus company. How I remember Woodstock, the moon walk, having egg creams on the corners of streets in the city, and walking in to designer showrooms in the garment district, where they let you buy clothing at great buys! Gone is my youth but these great memories will always endure!
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God, I feel so old . . .

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Judy..you are not by yourself...what's really scary is when I watch the PBS specials that show the music groups from the 50's thru 70's and I actually say outloud.."boy they are old " and my son looks at me and tells me to go look in the mirror

pop historians say that 1969 was the last summer of innocence for our country and I would venture that they are not that far wrong

I enjoyed that summer alot and often crank up my 2003 beetle (and pretend it's my 69 beetle same color) put on my Woodstock CD, crank the sound up, put on my Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishman "ratty" teeshirt, and go cruising with my grandson and stop at the Dairy Queen....only thing missing are the "hippie women"
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Venice: Let's rap for a moment: it's "hippie chicks"....
although they may be women now. Put THAT in your hookah and smoke it
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I was raised Catholic so they looked like women to me

I didn't meet any hippie chicks till I went to college in the fall
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In the summer of '69 I was 5, had a 4 yr old sister, a 3 yr old brother and my youngest brother was born in Sep '69. We lived in Murray Kentucky that summer while my dad finished graduate School at Murray State.

A few months later we packed up the E-Z Haul truck and made the trip to Orlando. That next year we were among the first people to visit Disney World.
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Summer of '69 saw race riots on my high school campus. 1969, '70, '71, '72, and '73. The riots went on for five years.

Also in '69 a good friend of mine whos brother was in Viet Nam said his brothers squad got into a firefight with the NVA and everyones M-16 jammed.
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I was 9 years old and remember watching the moon landing at the house we rented at the Jersey shore. My grandparents spent the summer there with us and I remember my grandmother encouraging us to go outside and look up at the moon to see if it looked any different. She also made sure we watched Prince Charles' investiture as the Prince of Wales because it was historically significant.
My sister and I just about wore out The Beatles White Album that summer.
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I was six - but I do remember watching the moon landing - and just thinking "wow".
Also, my first year of swimming lessonw - cold, cold water! I remember hearing about Woodstock in the news.

Mostly i played outside with my neighbors, walking down the street with my sister to get a Dairy Joy.

I don't remember much
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I don't remember much from that summer either..but I will never forget seeing sooooooooooooooooo many topless females it mess up everything I learned in Catholic School from the Nuns and to this day I am still in therapy over that experience

watching the moon landing then gave our country such a great sense of pride and remembering what President Kennedy said at the beginning of the decade, united us as a country

we need to go to Mars in the next decade with hopefully my son as the command pilot, so our country can be united for a single goal again
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