My dad sent me a link today, something I’ve been scouring the net for since he first mentioned it in passing years ago. It’s a documentary about the student protests at Yale University in 1970, and my dad, a senior there at the time, has a small but memorable moment caught on film.
Dad sent it to me because he thought it was amusing, and to show off how good he used to look - not that he doesn’t look terrific for his age right now - but personally, I’m not entirely sure what to think. I mean, it’s fun to see my dad, father of three and grandfather of two, successful lawyer and respected member of his community, haranguing his fellow protesters for not attacking the “rotsy” building with ladders and firebombs. It’s just that I’m much older than he was at the time and I’ve never felt so much passion about a cause, not to mention the need to express it in public. Is it me, or did I just grow up in less interesting times?
Less “interesting” times. Remember that people were being drafted to fight in a war that was extremely unpopular with large segments of the population, especially the ones being drafted. War death counts were in the news every day. It was difficult not to feel impassioned about it one way or another if you were in that age bracket.