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  •  I haven't read thi post yet, but I already wanted (9+ / 0-)

    to THANK YOU for the previous 3 from earlier this month. I have been watching everyday and was worried that I had missed this 4th post. I found out that I was too late to post on the earlier ones to say thanks.

    I actually went out and found the Michener book at the local libray and read it. So many thoughts.

    Somehow I keep picturing you as that 19 or 20 year old , as you were then, although doing the math, I have to know that you're my age -- in your 50's, because in 1970, I was 20 also. A part of me, when I hear the words -- Kent State -- will always be 20.

    I was in NYC at the time, in college with friends and roommates who were as outraged and upset as I was. Stunned. The thing was, that we didn't feel like adults yet, and we always thought of the National Guard as adults....not knowing much about them at the time, but who was to know that a lot of them were not only the same age as the college kids, but also some were very local too.

    What stunned me then was my first thought on hearing of the killings..."they really do hate us" ..    meaning the older generation and the Establishment and the adults. That they were willing to kill us to keep us quiet and if they couldn't kill us all in VietNam, then they'd just do it at home in the U.S.

    More later......Pat

    •  I feel like that teenager, too (4+ / 0-)

      And, actually, I was kind of precocious so I was a 17-year-old freshman at the time. And when I remember, I feel that age again. And you're absolutely right -- I didn't feel like an adult then either and I, too, thought of the Guard as grown-ups.

      I'm glad you found the series. And there's a Part V coming -- covering the trials and investigations that followed. Hopefully I'll have it done next week.

      We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

      by kainah on Wed May 24, 2006 at 08:49:16 PM PDT

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