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The Summer of '69

The summer of 1969 was an amazing time in our history. I share my 40th birthday with many memorable moments and I’ve always been proud that I was born in '69. And pleased that I wasn’t a 70’s baby.

A man walked on the moon in the summer of 1969. 

Woodstock happened in 1969.


And in 1969, Sesame Street was born.

 I also tread very lightly that some not so great things happened the year I was born. Chappaquiddick. The Stonewall Riots. The Manson Murders. And British Troops were sent to Northern Ireland. 

As I approach my 40th year I find it interesting to reflect on life way back when. And I’m looking forward to and embracing the big 4-0, happy to have reached such a milestone.

Is this what they thought the internet would look like back in 1969?


I’ve had a little piece of paper that I cut out of a National Geographic magazine about 20 years ago. It says, “André Kertész led a fortunate life, though he always vehemently argued otherwise."

I don’t remember the article that the quote came from and I’m not sure what I was thinking when I tore this piece of paper out. But it has had a permanent place in my Filofax all these years, taped to a picture of my brother and me.

It is a reminder, to myself, that I have led a very fortunate life. And, unlike André, I'm not arguing otherwise. I am blessed with incredible people around me. And I'm pretty damn happy about turning 40.

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Reader Comments (4)

Well, happy birthday!

Remind me to tell you about me and Grover sometime! We must have at least a dozen of the little blue guys around the house...f'real! And GroverZ is my screen name in a couple of places!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

happy 40th birthday woman!!!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

Happy Birthday!!!!! Welcome to middle age :) It really is the best part of life.

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Dom, Melissa, and Tim,
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! It's actually not until Saturday. I've just kind of worked my post this week about my birthday. I assure you, it's not vanity. I just like birthdays.

I thought we were friends. Middle age? So cruel. But where do I get my sports car? ;-)

Yes, you must tell me about your affection towards Grover. After I get over being called "middle aged."

October 8, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

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