Tag Archives: Baby Boomers

The Conscience of an Independent

There is a level of emotion that only men—and I mean men—who have run for public office and lost can appreciate. You pour every bit of male egocentric pride into a humungous unwieldy uncontrolled risky effort, take positions that will enliven some people to ecstasy and passionately infuriate others to blind rage, suffer every fool gladly seeing yourself as wise, go into debt, hazard your most cherished relationships, and permit petty concerns tear apart every seam of your psyche and soul, all in full public Continue reading →

Bethlehemicity

I was born in Bethlehem. On Christmas Eve. There was a star. Absolutely, literally true. Those statements show how deceptive the whole truth can be. It’s all about context. Here’s the context: I am from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and escaped—that was definitely the way I thought of it—in the mid-1970s. This small city, a wonderful place to be from and in which we prospered abundantly as kids, was steeply declining then with the wheezing last gasps of American Big Industry, led locally by the decline and Continue reading →

1964: The Last World of the Fair

The Sixties were an era rather than a chronological decade. They began on November 22, 1963 and ended on August 9, 1974, bracketed by the events that double-stunned the nation: the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the resignation of Richard Nixon. But there was a period of easing in, a long moment of inflection that began exactly five months after Kennedy’s death. Fifty years. Half a century, well deserving reflection. Let’s journey to the New York World’s Fair. My title here takes a turn Continue reading →