Your wonderful article on the '60s, "Flower Power Revisited" (PEOPLE, June 22), brought back some special memories for me. We packed our 2-and 4-year-old children into an overloaded station wagon and headed from Cleveland out West in early 1967. We entertained them on the long drive with stories about the West...the mountains, deserts, cowboys and Indians. It stormed in the mountains, we fried and the crayons melted in the desert. They whined through the prairies, and when we got to Haight and Ashbury Streets, the 2-year-old turned to the 4-year-old and said, "These people must be the cowboys and Indians!" So much for "tripping" in the '60s.
Harriett Allen Weitzner
Shaker Heights, Ohio
The teenagers of today, who grew up only a few years after the beauty of the '60s, can only imagine the meaning of Woodstock and what Bridge Over Troubled Waters was actually about. I was not old enough to understand Abbie Hoffman or John Lennon. I had no opinion on war or Canada. I was learning to walk. It was only years later that I could hear and appreciate Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. I suppose it was the meaning behind the music that made all the songs in the '60s so beautiful. We should always be reminded of a time that stood for freedom and love, a time when there was war and there was music that filled your heart and performers that filled your dreams.
Jamie Leigh Wildt
Charleston, W. Va.
I was born in 1960, and I am heartily tired of seeing and hearing the '60s idealized and romanticized. I find it difficult to understand the nostalgia for a period that included war, riots, assassinations, campus unrest, estrangement between parents and children and irresponsibility on the part of the young. I find it impossible to emulate the hippies when it was they who made fashionable the drug abuse which has killed so many and against which we are still fighting. It was they who pioneered the concept of casual sex which in today's world of herpes and AIDS is seen for the foolhardy behavior it is. Not until the hippie era was the nation treated to the shameful sight of war veterans spat upon and vilified by those who had been too cowardly to go. The post-war prosperity of the late 1940s and 1950s resulted in a generation of spoiled brats, who upon reaching adulthood in the '60s proceeded to behave as just that.
Janice P. Robinson
I read and enjoyed "Summer of Love" but need to point out one serious omission: Women. Weren't there any female survivors of the '60s? If you need ideas, how about Angela Davis, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Joan Baez for starters? While it is true the '60s weren't an exceptionally powerful time for women in general, there were more than a few female voices out there that are still around today. It would be really interesting to hear from some of them the next time you go back to the Age of Aquarius.
Through all the mess of sexual scandal recently, it is great to see someone print something as lighthearted and witty as your "Tammymania." It really made my day, I laughed so hard. I'm glad to see someone has a sense of humor. By the way, is it true that when they removed all of Tammy Faye's makeup they found Jimmy Hoffa?
Brett S. Freedman
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Daughters of the King?
Honestly, who do these women think they are? So their mothers may have gone out with Elvis, but leave the poor man's memory alone. Especially Deborah. What she rightfully deserves is a smack across her pouty little face. Honestly, girls, just drop the whole thing. You are both foolish to think anyone would actually believe your silly stories.