That was the first year I could vote in a national election. I worked for the McGovern campaign, designing my own flyers and placing them under windshield wipers on nearly every car on my college campus. McGovern promised peace in Vietnam – an end to the war.
Unfortunately, Nixon won, by a landslide! Nixon pledged “peace with honor” in Vietnam.
The Watergate break-in would become so famous that the word “watergate” became synonymous with political corruption for years to come.
The Vietnam War raged on.
A plane carrying members of a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Two books and a movie would be released about the ordeal of the survivors.
Yikes! Lots of bad news! Still, we look back on those tumultuous times with nostalgia, remembering our own lives in our 20s. My husband was about four years into his teaching career. He taught history and sociology at high schools on the south side of Chicago. Also, being a teacher allowed him to avoid the draft. Last night we found this picture of him in his classroom that year:
And there was always our family’s cottage in Northern Wisconsin. Here I am enjoying a warm summer day among the pines: