— nothing has changed since that summer of 1970.
Something tells the Head Groundskeeper that he is well past the halfway mark on a life well lived. Anyway, he spends a lot of time peering into the rear view mirror.
Pulled out of the gun safe a 12″ by 16″ hardbound book. It contains every edition of the weekly college newspaper Blaska edited in calendar 1970. Joplin and Hendrix died that year and our student newspaper organized a dirge of their greatest hits to boom out of dormitory windows.
The Advance-Titan reported the first Earth Day. Benjamin Spock spoke on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus; the Association sang. The National Guard was called out to put down a violent protest over the Vietnam War incursion into Cambodia. One of the reporters reported to the newspaper front office that Blaska’s rented house on Cherry Street was ablaze. Arrived at the scene to observe the brothers and sisters saving our stereo and other valuables. Turned out they were looting.
Leafing through the bound volume’s 52 years of history, Werkes researchers alighted on a report from the summer of 1970 National Student Association convention. Talk about a time capsule! Featured speakers were Jesse Jackson, Rennie Davis of the Chicago 7, My Lai reporter Seymour Hersch, Betty Friedan, former A.G. Ramsey Clark, and Bella Abzug, What surprises the old student editor today is how cheeky we were even then. Startled by our lack of reverence for the hippy dippy progressivism of the day.
Because it’s in a bound volume, could not scan it and damned if the Werkes is going to re-key the thing. So we’re introducing our first podcast. It’s just under 5 minutes.