Thursday, May 24, 2007

It was 40 years ago today

June 1st (UK) or 2nd (US), 1967

"The closest Western Civilization has come to unity since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 was the week the Sgt. Pepper album was released.. . . . At the time I happened to be driving across country on Interstate 80. In each city where I stopped for gas or food — Laramie, Ogallala, Moline, South Bend — the melodies wafted in from some far-off transistor radio or portable hi-fi. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard. For a brief while the irreparable fragmented consciousness of the West was unified, at least in the minds of the young."

- Langdon Winner (a Political Scientist (Berkeley '66, '67, '73) who, coincidentally, is now at RPI's Department of Science and Technology Studies (where I picked up a minor))

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