The 1960s: Then & Now


When Cynthia Linton ’60 graduated, the price of a regular gallon of gas was 31 cents (or about $2.18 once adjusted for inflation). This year in her blog Earthling Angst, she reports that the current gas prices earned major oil companies about $44.16 billion dollars in second-quarter profits.

When Jill Fallon ’67 graduated, second wave feminism was encouraging women to choose beyond socially prescribed roles. But now, she reports, what some women are choosing turns out to be cupcakes.

In 1330, work in Venice began on the magnificant Gothic Frari basilica. When printperson graduated in 1967, it was still there. And it was there, too, in July when she sketched it.

Forty years ago this week, the newly-graduated Cynthia Samuels went to the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which was rife with protests and police violence. But she won’t say she wishes this year’s attendees a tranquil one:

…despite all the agony of those terrible days in 1968, I’m embarassed to tell you that I wouldn’t trade the memory. It’s so deep in my soul and so much a part of my understanding of myself and who I’ve become that despite the horrors within it, I cherish its presence. What I wish my sisters in Denver (and Minnesota) is to have conventions — happy or not — as important to their lives, sense of history and purpose and political values as Chicago was to mine.


One Response to “The 1960s: Then & Now”

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    Perhaps more interesting than gas price in 1960 is that room, board, tuition at Smith was about the same as the cost of a new, mid-price car. Now Smith is double the car cost!

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