Where were you in 1968?
Richard Nixon was elected as the 37th U.S. President. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated. The 1968 riots rocked Chicago. Pres. Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act and Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon.
1968 was also a time of creativity and culture, filled with memorable music, TV shows, books and classic movies.
Popular songs that year included the “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and “Think” by Aretha Franklin.
TV shows that premiered in 1968 include Hawaii Five-O, Here’s Lucy, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Banana Splits, 60 Minutes and Adam 12. Some of these can still be seen in reruns today.
Many of the books published in 1968 are still read and enjoyed today. Here are a few for adults and children, fiction and nonfiction:
- Chariots of the Gods by Erich Von Daniken
- Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson
- The High King by Lloyd Alexander
- Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
- Setting Free the Bears by John Irving
- True Grit by Charles Portis
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clark
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
How many of these 1968 movies have you seen?
Vicky Ginther, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library
*This article originally appeared in the February 14 edition of Fauquier Times.