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What was it like being a teenager in the 1960's For anyone who grew up in the 1960's what was it like and could you please pass on some stories experiences or facts you had?

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November 14, 2010 11:05PM

"o be a teenager in the 1960's was like what we do now it's not much different they went to the mall and hung out the way you do"

It sounds like the person who wrote this has no idea what he/she is talking about. There were no malls for most people. Even King's Plaza Mall in Brooklyn, NY did not open until 1970. There weren't even drive-up windows at fast food joints!

The 60's were an extraordinary period, and life was very different for young people. As teen-agers we were much more independent than today's teens, and much more involved politically and, I suppose you would say,

philosophically.

Even boys of 16 had to deal with the threat of being drafted and sent to fight in Viet Nam in little more than another year. You BET we were concerned politically. That was a terrifying aspect. Many boys were drafted at 18 and had to serve, some were killed or maimed.

But it was also a uniquely inspiring time, with the explosion of creativity in music and all of the arts. The entire nation reached for the stars -- literally. Whereas young people today watch prosaic reality shows, our reality was watching Americans walk on the moon -- LIVE!

TV and retailers catered to the youth culture, and kids were taken much more seriously than they are today.

I remember when I was 13, bicycling with a friend, from the center of Brooklyn, across the Flatbush Ave extension next to 70 mph traffic, out to far Rockaway.

That would be unthinkable for young kids today, despite lower crime rates these days.

Young teens got together and traveled -- includng to events like Woodstock -- experimented more in ways I'll leave to the imagination, kept their eye on national and world events more.

It was distressing hearing about the latest assassination and the death toll in Viet Nam; but it was also thrilling seeing the world open up to new possibilities each time the Beatles, for example, destroyed all our existing concepts of music.

I'm not crazy about being in my 50's now, but I certainly would not trade having seen the 60's for anything,