Wilson ’68 Golden 50 Year Reunion
We grew up in an amazing time and 1968 was a memorable year. We were the Boomers, the Women’s movement was growing, the Vietnam War was in the front of our minds, students protested and occupied the Dean’s office at Columbia University. We lost two brilliant leaders, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. Chicago hosted the Democratic Convention and hosted a blood bath while the whole world watched. North Korea seized the U.S.S. Pueblo. The hippies and yippies had their say.
Arthur Ashe won the U.S. Open and O.J. Simpson was star of the Rose Bowl and took home the Heisman Trophy. Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl II. Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali. At the Olympics, Black Power showed up on the winner’s platform with raised fists.
The music was so good. The Beatles, after releasing Sgt. Peppers the previous year, put out the White Album. We listened to The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan. Elvis made a spectacular Comeback Special, wearing his old black leathers and blowing us away. Hair opened on Broadway. We all watched The Graduate and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Wilson ‘68 class included over 400 young adults. We thought we knew it all. We went out in the world and experienced many things and learned a lot more than we could have imagined we would at the time. Fifty years is considered a golden length of time. Thanks to a number of our classmates’ organizational skills, we have the opportunity to reunite and share our memories and adventures, and enjoy our differences and old friends, and maybe find a new friend or two.