Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oakland 2011, Similarities?

In response to the last post about the protesters and police Oakland in 1960's, here is a picture from Tuesday when the police tear gassed the protesters of Occupy Oakland:

Oakland 1967

Police officers clash with draft protesters in downtown Oakland. October 20, 1967. Bill Crouch, photographer. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Oakland Museum of California. The Oakland Tribune Collection. Gift of ANG Newspapers.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wise Words from LBJ

"If you make a commitment to jump off a building, and you find out that the building is too high, you may withdraw the commitment."

From Clark Clifford's memoir.

My first contribution to this blog is a flash back to high school. This is the first episode of Clone High, an MTV show that takes major historical figures such as Gandhi, JFK, and Cleopatra and places their clones in high school together. It is really fast and dumb, so if you are looking for some time to kill (but who has any time really?) check it out.

Hearts and Stars,

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Three Really Great Finds

While browsing around a little antique store that I honestly didn't know existed until this weekend, I stumbled across a gold mine. Hidden on the lower shelf of a coffee table covered in knick-knacks were piles of old LIFE magazines, mainly from the 60s and 70s. While there were at least 6 that I wanted to buy, I settled on these three:

The first, an issue on the year 1968, covers everything from MLK's assassination to the Democratic National Convention. There are, of course, some great tidbits on the Vietnam War stuck in there.

The second, from 1968, is an issue on the Presidency. It is filled with pictures of LBJ in his office, with his family, and speaking to his advisers.

The third was, for me, one of the most exciting finds. This issue has a small section devoted to the bombing halts of 1968. I'm currently writing a research paper on the debates surrounding these same bombing halts. I am also working on an honors thesis on Clark Clifford, Johnson's Secretary of Defense in 1968, and he appears in many of the photographs in this issue.

The other customers were probably giving me strange looks, as I did a little dance every time I stumbled across something new and exciting in each of these magazines.

Now I just have to figure out what I am going to do with them...