Earth Day 1970
I was reading an article about Earth Day, which is held on April 22nd. I got to looking on Earthday.org's website and clicked on History. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 - the year I graduated from high school.
The website said "The height of hippie and flower culture in the U.S. 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water". Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it. .......At the time Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans....."
I was about to graduate from high school in the small town of Grantsburg in northern Wisconsin (pop. 900). I may have seen the news on TV, but I was likely more concerned about what was going on in my own little world. Isolated as I was it didn't seem to affect me. Of course, the last Beatles album - I was devastated!
But today when I read that the first Earth Day was in 1970, I kept remembering something I had seen. We had been part of that first Earth Day! I looked for it and there it was. From our high school newletter, May 1970 in the GHS Hi-Lites:
John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area