Monday, April 12, 2010
Looking Back to April 12, 1968 - Where were you?
Although I ate pretty well this weekend, even squeezing in large salad and water in the middle of a raucous Saturday afternoon drink-up at Doc Watson's Irish Pub, it was uneven. For most of the weekend I was glued to the TV to watch the Masters (great job Phil). However, I did have a giant pasta dinner last night at Becco's on Restaurant Row celebrating a friend's birthday - I hope my work out today, and this week, are enough to get over my guilt even though we were given plenary indulgence yesterday.
Speaking of birthdays - shameless plug - today is mine.
Born: Good Friday, April 12, 1968 at Mather Air Force Base Hospital, Sacramento, CA.
I decided to look at the April 12, 1968 edition of TIME magazine for some historical corollary that is also relevant to this blog.
Obviously, in this issue the world was a different place and the news of that week alone so altered our history that it is still discussed today. How can you compare the week ending April 12, 1968 to the week ending April 12, 2010? There are only two similarities - War and The Masters. Additionally, 42 years ago this past week saw: 1. The surprise renunciation of the presidency by Lyndon Johnson who would not "seek, nor accept the nomination" for another term. 2. The shocking assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King. 3. False hopes, folly, and heroism lost in the shuffle in Viet Nam.
Also, there were three interesting articles from the otherwise explosive TIME issue of 1968.
The MASTERS Golf Tournament
TIME Magazine (4-12-68): The lucky fellow who wins this week's 32nd annual Masters Tournament at Georgia's dogwood-dotted Augusta National Golf Club will receive a check for $20,000...and a green blazer.