After reading through newspaper articles for the year 1968, I realized that the year was quite an eventful one.Politically, socially and economically speaking, the country endured a great deal of influential circumstances.Although the studying of vast articles from the New York Times succeeded in painting a clear, factual picture of that turbulent year, I was still eager to discover how incidents affected people growing up in that era.This fueled my motivation to begin the interviewing process, and to choose participants.In the end, I decided to interview my father, Mr. John Arthur Bartle, and a friend of my mother's, Mrs.
Linda Pacelli.Although both came from completely different backgrounds, and both have differing views,their stories and descriptions were equally fascinating. Since I grew up with both my parents, I assumed that I knew a great deal about my father, John Bartle.I could not have been more wrong!I had heard stories about his being in the United States Airforce, but I never knew the governing factors surrounding them.
It turns out that in 1968, my father, age twenty-two, was stationed in Spain.Apparently, he had enlisted in the Airforce because he was about to be drafted, and he claimed, "There was no way in hell I was going to Vietnam."He said he had even considered running to Canada.
Much to my surprise, my father revealed that he had been part of the counterculture during that time, and also vehemently opposed the war.I could not quite picture my father that way, for today he fits the description of a hard-working, clean-cut, rigid, white-collared father of three.My father was interesting to interview since he was overseas for 1968, and learned of all American events second hand. My interview with Linda Pacelli showed a sharp contrast with that of my father's.
Linda, nineteen years old at the time, was attending St. Lawrence University during the year of 1968.She.