History of the Summer of Love — 1967: Part 3, Drugs

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HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: DRUGS When I was a Resident Assistant at U.C. Berkeley in the early ’70s, a local police officer I knew gave me a tour down nearby Telegraph Avenue. He told me: “All the major drug deals on the West Coast go down within a two block stretch…

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History of the Summer of Love — 1967: Part 2, Sex

Make Love Not War

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: PART 2, SEX “Make love, not war” and the call for “free love” represented a cultural shift in mores in 1967. Even The Beatles sang “All You Need Is Love.” If the ’60s was the time of the “sexual revolution,” the natural question is: who won? There were…

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History of The Natural: A Father Returns

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HISTORY OF THE NATURAL: A Father Returns A classic movie with a timeless topic comes to mind in celebration of Father’s Day. The 1984 film The Natural asks the question: Can you return? If the movie Field of Dreams was epic, then The Natural was mythic, as I’ll explain below.   The Natural: The Story…

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History of Field of Dreams: A Father’s Day Treat

Field of Dreams

HISTORY OF FIELD OF DREAMS: A Father’s Day Treat One of my all-time favorite movies is not an action movie, a science fiction movie, a comic book blockbuster, or a fantasy film. It’s a baseball movie. Or is it? Is it a movie about Berkeley, Iowa, Fenway Park, or America? It’s all of them, and…

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History of Explo 72: The Apex of the Jesus Movement, 50 Years Ago

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History of Explo ’72: The Apex of the Jesus Movement, 50 Years Ago Fifty years ago, Explo ’72 was held in Dallas, Texas, from June 12 to June 17, 1972. It was the most conspicuous event of the Jesus Movement, at least in the media. I’ve written more about the Jesus Revolution here. Sponsored by…

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History of Queen Elizabeth II: 70-Year Platinum Jubilee Celebration

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HISTORY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II Queen Elizabeth II of the UK has ruled for 70 years, marking her Platinum Jubilee celebration. While she took the throne on February 6, 1952, she was not coronated (officially “crowned”) until June 2, 1953, or 69 years ago today at Westminster Abbey. But what’s a year between friends? She…

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