Monday, November 7, 2016

Election Eve 1980

Today is Election Eve in the United States - tomorrow we will elect a new president. Here are photos from another election eve - in 1980

At the time, I was working in the PR department at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Granite City, Illinois. We heard that morning that President Jimmy Carter was going to be in town during the day for a rally. (Why his campaign thought Granite City would be a good place for a last minute pitch to voters? We never figured that out.)
A few of us grabbed cameras and hurried out to see him, thinking that this might well be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were pretty far from the stage where Carter spoke, so even with a long lens, I wasn't able to get a good image of Jimmy. But while waiting for him to speak, I had a chance to take photos of some beautiful children in the crowd. I wonder where they are today. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Times They are A-Changin'

Watching this video takes me back to my teen years in the 1960s. I would never have guessed, 50 years ago, that Bob Dylan's lyrics would be as descriptive of the times now as they were then. But they are.

The Times They Are A-Changin'
by Bob Dylan

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’
For the loser now will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’
© 1963, 1964 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991, 1992 by Special Rider Music