It’s not the pol­i­tics that scare me, it’s the anger

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Ch­eryl Ke­hoe Rodgers Colum­nist

I am a child of the 70s. I came of age dur­ing an ex­cit­ing, ex­plo­sive and in many ways volatile – decade. Rules were bro­ken, laws were passed, a war was lost and lives were changed for bet­ter and for worse.

Flower power, hip­pies, “women lib­bers” (fem­i­nists, ac­tu­ally), war pro­tes­tors, civil rights ac­tivists, anti-es­tab­lish­ment gu­rus, po­lit­i­cal un­rest and scan­dal... the 1970s had it all. But… While I was aware of the Viet­nam war, Water­gate, women’s lib­er­a­tion, Wood­stock (1969, so, close enough), so­cial protests and civil rights ac­tivism – those ground-break­ing and coun­try-chang­ing events had lit­tle im­pact in my lit­tle world. No, my thoughts were on Ali and Fra­zier, Evel Knievel, my Easy Bake Oven, the Brady Bunch and Par­tridge Fam­ily and my prized ABA bas­ket­ball (the thoughts of an ado­les­cent girl des­tined to be an ath­lete and sports writer).

It’s one of the re­grets I have – while a mi­nor one. But I wish I had paid at­ten­tion dur­ing those years to the strug­gles, to the po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism, and how peo­ple re­sponded, fought against, and came to­gether in re­gard to so­ci­etal up­heavals.

Think about it. The 1970s was truly a re­mark­able decade. The Bea­tles break up, Water­gate; Richard Nixon re­signs; Apollo 13 moon mis­sion; the vot­ing age is low­ered to 18; “Jaws” hits the


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