Melanie – Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

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"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

An evening pause: Performed live, 1971. Nice song and performance, but I often wonder why the 60s generation so often seems so unhappy. We were the most blessed generation ever born on Earth, with more wealth and prosperity ever seen by anyone ever.

Hat tip Tom Biggar.


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  • wayne

    Jefferson Airplane –
    “We Can Be Together”

    “All your private property is target for your enemy.
    And your enemy is we.
    We are forces of chaos and anarchy.
    Everything they say we are, we are,
    And we are very,
    Proud of ourselves.”

  • pzatchok

    An embarrassment of riches.

    Why should America have so much when the rest of the world has so little?
    Why is America relatively peaceful when the rest of the world is falling apart?

  • wayne

    “Wild In The Streets” Trailer

  • Tom

    ” An embarrassment of riches. Why should America have so much when the rest of the world has so little? Why is America relatively peaceful when the rest of the world is falling apart? ”

    Its that darned Freedom thing again, pzatchok.

    Just a few days ago, Bob posted a most excellent recap about the most recent impact of Freedom on our space access services. But, unfortunately, Freedom is like the Jitter Bug; when you get it, you dance all night long. But, when you don’t get it, you find yourself way out on the margins of the music hall watching the dancers. Get it?

  • Ben

    Could it be, dare i say, that they were unhappy because their friends were be slaughtered half a world away in a war that they couldn’t understand? Could it be that their unhappiness stems from the inequity of the draft where being in college granted one a deferment? Must I go on?

  • Ben: Sure, go on. Just remember that I am of that generation, and lived through all that. And I have found that the complaints and whines of my generation pale in comparison to the terrors and poverty and cruelty and oppression and bigotry and slavery and torture and genocide visited upon numerous previous generations. And that’s simply ignoring the blessings of freedom and wealth and prosperity and good living that was totally normal for the sixties generation.

    We had it good. There were issues to fight over, but to think we had any problems of great seriousness compared to others is to live in a dream world. Which the sixties generation did, and still does.

  • pzatchok

    We lost over 51 thousand in 3 days of fighting at Gettysburg in the Civil War. Total for the war 620 thousand
    WW1 over 116,500 USA KIA. Including world wide including civilians , 23 million.
    WW2 over 407 thousand US KIA. total deaths world wide including civilians 70 million.

    Vietnam American KIA was a bit over 58 thousand.
    Not really even comparable. In fact we lost very little in any war except the Civil War compared to the rest of the world.

    They were not just unhappy about Vietnam but about everything.
    It all boils down to self guilt and self hate for being American. For having anything and everything.

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