1968: It Was the Worst of Times, It Was the Best of Times

April 4, 2008 is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. He was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. As this sad commemoration approaches I was thinking back on how in retrospect I now viewed this pivotal year.

Here are some of the key events that depressed me,
– The Vietnam War intensified, both the war and the protests
– Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated
– Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated
– Hubert Humphry got the Democratic presidential nomination without even entering a primary
– Richard Nixon got the Republican presidential nomination
– Richard Nixon won the presidential election
– Pierre Elliot Trudeau became prime minister of Canada

Ironically in the mountain town of Golden, British Columbia on a November day, the future love-of-my life arrived to brighten up the world. Fate or luck brought her to me in the future, so the year in fact turned out to be the best for me. It eclipses all other events for me. Life is so strange sometimes.


4 Responses to 1968: It Was the Worst of Times, It Was the Best of Times

  1. stamperdad says:

    Yes I agree history affects us all differently. That’s what makes it so fascinating. Thanks for reading.


  2. Behind every date significant in world history, is a day that matters to us personally. Neither is more important than the other- it’s all about perspective, isn’t it?

  3. stamperdad says:

    Among other things Don. He also introducted the National Energy Program (NEP) that said all energy companies operating in Canada had to have majority Canadian ownership. It effectively killed the industry for about 5 years. The trickle down effect for the Liberals and Trudeau was that no more pickup trucks and other supplies were purchased from eastern Canadian manufacturing plants. That woke them up and it was repealed.

    Thanks for the comment.

  4. Donald says:

    Yup especially when PET got elected. He effectively and almost deliberatly wiped out the Canadian Military.


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