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California Dreaming to Become Reality

October 24, 2007

It’s been a long time coming. Forty years to be exact. But thanks to Internet Librarian 2007 and my iPod, this is my first chance to visit California and musically relive the Summer of Love, 1967.

Way back ;) then, as I was leaving the softly sweet protection of elementary school for the frightening freedom of middle school, there was a far out and far away Movement that could only be experienced in the southern Midwest by nightly listening on Chicago radio, WLS.

Listen and learn I did. Every night that summer, with my bedroom door shut and screened windows open, my little AM-FM transistor radio brought me the sounds and stories of peace and love with a bit of the beginnings of sex, drugs and rock and roll thrown in too.

I would venture to guess that the great majority of Internet Librarian conference attendees may not be old enough to recall those times for themselves. If you want to catch up on the social history of the era that encouraged Flower Power, check out Rolling Stone’s 7/12/2007 issue. Read about the Monterey International Pop Festival, the world’s first rock festival, to learn how it all began.

And if you want to listen along to some of the good vibes and psychedelic sounds, check out my playlist, an iTunes iMix, for my trip Monterey.

The intended message from that long ago hippie movement truly remains much the same today:

Truth and individual freedom. Freedom of expression. Creativity, love and respect for all things. Freedom for an individual to make a choice – sexually, spiritually and socially. The right to be different and still belong. Honor in refusing to fight without judging those who did. Our right to make a difference. Our right to think independently. Our willingness to share with others.

We baby boomers haven’t totally changed the world like we hoped but we sure tried to get all the followup generations off to a good start… and there, we are happy to say, is where the gap has lapsed. Opportunities to learn more about social networking, in virtual worlds and in reality, are sure to help us realize those dreams yet.

See you soon in Monterey…!!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Laura Jarboe permalink
    October 24, 2007 7:27 pm

    Have fun! I just got back from a visit to LA. It’s wonderful!

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