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Memories are Free, or Flashback #3

February 6th, 2013 at 07:04 pm

Seems like everytime I turn around, retelling of the 60s is in my face. And y'know, it is going to get worse before it gets better with the boom population taking its last stands.

I wrote about

Text is No. 1 and No. 2 Flashbacks and Link is
No. 1 and No. 2 Flashbacks unexpected encounters with the past.

And now example #3: Browsing the library sale shelf some weeks ago I saw a nice new hardback copy of The Help. Oh. OK. I didn't see the movie and thought it would be a good read.

Yes, it was a good read but WHA?! I had no idea it was set in Jackson, MS in 1962 or so. Oy. So I got to read this first hand account of the confrontation between black and white, what the neighborhood probably was like where Medgar Evens was shot, what was on TV when Kennedy was president.

Ack. Fine, it was actually really a stroke of good luck to read instead of watch. I was much more able to think about the issues, how it was when and where I grew up and so forth. However, I was curious and looked at the reviews after reading and see that the criticism was mostly that the movie was 'too shallow, glossed over the cultural and political issues of the era'. Exactly what I didn't want, so hooray! for reading.

The book even makes reference to a commercial on TV at the time. What was this slogan for? and what was the unique 'logo' used?

"I'd rather fight than switch"

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So now on the book shelf:
'It's always something' Gilda Radnor. Of course there is no escaping the SNL memories here. More 60s fallout.

Biography of Colin Powell. Hmph. Yes he served in Vietnam. His child was born in Birmingham in 1963 or so. Nuff said.

Ciao and thanks for reading. Come back soon!

9 Responses to “Memories are Free, or Flashback #3”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I won't comment on the ad, because I had to google it! You might want to watch Mad Men. It is set in the 1960's. Really quite shocking to me how men treated women!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I came of age in the 60's and I remember those times well. Yes, there have been many social changes, mostly for the good!

    I believe the commercial was for Lucky Strike cigarettes. I didn't Google, so I am relying completely on memory.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Oh, and I'm not sure what you mean by "logo," but the models always had a black eye.

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  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    I heard similar things about the book. That the author was pressured to gloss over a lot and to write from a more white point of view. So I haven't particularly felt like reading it, but your review may have me reconsider. It's probably interesting to read with the knowledge that it was highly edited and molded for the audience it was intended for. (Wondering, what horrors were left out??)

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    Actually, I think I am thinking of the wrong book. NO IDEA what I am thinking of. ?? But regardless, sometimes I find it as fascinating to read the amazon reviews as it is to read the actual book. (I was just looking it up to clarify what I had heard, and realize it was not the book I was thinking of).

  7. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    CB: you have the model right, but it wasn't Lucky Strike !!

    MM: the MOVIE reviews were critical that the issues were not portrayed deeply. The book was written as a novel, as realistic as was desired by the author I suppose. It is a very quick and worthwhile read. I grew up in Cleveland, OH and brought back alot of the who/what/why I am today.

  8. CB in the City Says:

    Well, I had to Google it. Huh. I hardly even remember that brand.

  9. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    So for any who may have subscribed or is still reading this, the answer is........

    Tareyton cigarettes

    oy, big flash back to the past. and remembering the ad now, I think it is horrible. predecessor of so much violence in the media now, ugh.

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