“00individual Celebrates February 1968” copyright 2018 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE the HISTORICAL HEIGHT of POP and ROCK and PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE!
and the Year that Shattered American and World History
As a mid-term student 00individual graduated high school the following February, 1969. But for now at seventeen, his world was a swirl of the freedom of his own car, girlfriends, Marijuana, a part-time job, incredibly fun week-ends – and high school. At this point with only the 12th grade to go, 00individual’s mind had been opened to a whole new way of seeing the world through a “lens of importance” that helped define priorities. School was no longer a place of academic learning, instead it became a place for social interaction and plying one’s trade on the straights. A place to develop personality traits – that would ultimately far outweigh the benefits that academics could supply – with street-wise knowledge and interaction with friends a year or two older.
The year 1968 was to be a very bold step away from the Summer Of Love serendipity of 1967. While still wildly psychedelic, life’s rainbow colors would soon bring deep, dark ominous tones to the front of the spectrum. In the months to come the unthinkable would happen again, and again.
Gallup Poll shows that 50% of Americans disapprove of President Johnson’s handling of the war in Vietnam.
This was no longer a Generation Gap issue as both sides met middle ground for sanity’s sake. Something was wrong and the average citizen was waking up and smelling the napalm every morning.
Feb 1 Photographer Eddie Adams takes now-iconic image of South Vietnamese police chief executing Viet Cong officer and is published in The New York Times, Widely seen, it becomes an anti-war icon.
Feb 13 US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
Feb 8 Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg)
Feb 17 American officials in Saigon report an all-time high weekly rate of U.S. casualties–543 killed in action and 2,547 wounded in the previous seven days. These losses were a result of the heavy fighting during the communist Tet Offensive.
Feb 18 Thousands of people in West Berlin demonstrate against US involvement in the Vietnam War
Feb 19 1st US teachers’ strike (Florida)
Feb 24 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
Feb 27 CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite delivers a scathing editorial on America’s chances of winning the Vietnam War Broadcast of CBS News report about his
Vietnam trip, in which he says, “For it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.”
University students in Boston stage four-day hunger strike to protest the Vietnam War.
More than 10,000 march through Paris, protesting the Vietnam War; later in the month, thousands in Berlin protest the war.
The Japanese student organization Zengakuren, and other Japanese citizens, stage massive protests of the docking of the USS Enterprise, a nuclear armed vessel, in Sasebo harbor. Police use violence against protestors.
Feb 8 “Planet of the Apes” premieres in New York City
With the war over, from 1945 through the mid ’60s prosperity was on the rise, Americans could work, raise a family and enjoy life during a pretty idyllic time.
However the mid-60s to mid-’70s revealed the reality of the dirt under the crabgrass as JFk’s assassination in ’63, the mounting war in Vietnam, and the emergence and influence of the Counter-Culture only added to the tension.
00individual saw “Planet of the Apes” at the Studio Drive-In in Culver City. This was one of the first anti-war “visual parables” that really had an impact on a world-wide base. With current bomb tests, war, US teenage soldiers coming home in body bags, civil unrest, and mass protests, the world seemed on the precipice of disaster. With The Planet Of The Apes’ Twilight Zone shocking ending – the point was made; the war nedded to be ended.
Writer Dalton Trumbo’s 1971 film, “Johnny Got His Gun” would make the ultimate anti-war movie and create an even deeper and much more (sur)realistic view of the horrors and futility of war. 00individual saw this in a darkened theater, and while not one who needed to be “preached to the choir” it was a mind-bender and left an imprint – just as POTA did in ’68.
Feb 16 The Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Feb 18 David Gilmour officially joins Pink Floyd
Feb 19 “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” debuts on NET (now PBS)
Feb 19 The Rascals – Once Upon a Dream
Feb 21 Blood, Sweat & Tears -Child Is Father to the Man
Feb 23 The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding Compilation
Feb 24 Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
Feb 29 The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first Rock LP to do so
Vanilla Fudge – The Beat Goes On
Waylon Jennings – Hangin’ On
Bee Gees – Horizontal
The Chocolate Watch Band – The Inner Mystique
Mason Williams –The Mason Williams Phonograph Record
Oxford, Ohio band The Lemon Pipers hit #1 US with the psychedelic pop single, “Green Tambourine”; considered the first “bubblegum” rock song to top the charts.
Fifties doo wop sensation Frankie Lymon, who went to #1 as a teenager in 1956 with the single “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”, dies of a heroin overdose at age 25
Also in February:
Feb 6 10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
Feb 10 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France
Feb 16 US 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Alabama
Feb 18 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France
Feb 23 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
Feb 24 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced
Feb 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 29 US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
Feb 29 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks.
Activist César Chavez fasts for 21 days to promote non-violence in the struggle for farmworker rights and social justice. Chavez meets with Robert Kennedy at end of fast.
US Top 20 Singles for the Week Ending February 10, 1968:
1 LOVE IS BLUE – Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra (Philips)
2 GREEN TAMBOURINE – The Lemon Pipers (Buddah)
3 SPOOKY – The Classics IV (Imperial)
4 JUDY IN DISGUISE (With Glasses) – John Fred and His Playboy Band (Paula)
5 CHAIN OF FOOLS – Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
6 I WISH IT WOULD RAIN – The Temptations (Gordy)
7 GOIN’ OUT OF MY HEAD/CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU (Medley) – The Lettermen (Capitol)
8 NOBODY BUT ME – The Human Beinz (Capitol)
9 WOMAN, WOMAN – The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett (Columbia)
10 BEND ME, SHAPE ME – The American Breed (Acta)
11 SUSAN – The Buckinghams (Columbia)
12 BABY, NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU – The Foundations (Uni)
13 I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONITE – Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (A&M)
14 BOTTLE OF WINE – The Fireballs (Atco)
15 (Theme From) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS – Dionne Warwick (Scepter)
16 ITCHYCOO PARK – The Small Faces (Immediate)
17 MY BABY MUST BE A MAGICIAN – The Marvelettes (Tamla)
18 AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET – Engelbert Humperdinck (Parrot)
19 DARLIN’ – The Beach Boys (Capitol)
20 DIFFERENT DRUM – The Stone Poneys Featuring Linda Ronstadt (Capitol)
Although it only reached number 26, SOME VELVET MORNING by Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra, felt like the soundtrack to the reflective part of a Psychedelic Spaghetti Western. A strangely mesmerizing song that actually captured a moment in time when a song like this made it to number 26!
Cost of Living U.S. 1968:
Yearly Inflation Rate USA – 4.27%
Year End Dow Jones Industrial Average – 943
Average Cost of new house – $14,950.00
Average Income per year – $7,850.00
Average Monthly Rent – $130.00
Gas per Gallon – 34 cents
Average Cost of a new car – $2,822.00
Movie Ticket – $1.50
The Federal Hourly Minimum Wage – $1.60 an hour
Feb 6 Doctor Faustus
Feb 7 The Fox
Feb 8 Planet of the Apes
Feb 7 Sol Madrid
Feb 8 Blackbeard’s Ghost
Feb 21 Bye Bye Braverman
Feb 29 The Secret War of Harry Frigg
Zeta Reticuli friends test drive their upgrades on the Psychedelic Train.
“Aliens test drive the Psychedelic Train’s upgrades.” copyright 2018 00individual TLL