This weekend I had the rare privilege of doing something that is dear to the hearts of many a record collector. I opened a 43 year old sealed album. Those of you old enough to remember must have fond memories of going to the local Korvette's or Shopper's World and spending your few pennies on that all important album and then, getting it home carefully putting your fingernail in the album's plastic and splitting it oh so carefully so that the outer plastic wouldn't tear. Paper cuts be damned. Ah!
It seems fitting that I did this to an album that is a time capsule of the top news items for 1965. Huntley and Brinkley, next to Cronkite were the most respected newsmen in the country. They made four of these albums from 1963-66 that condensed the biggest stories of the year. This year on the list were the Vietnam War protests from the "New Left", black-outs in New York, the Watts riots, Pope Paul VI visits New York, Stevenson and Churchill died, etc... I often with the blog, wax nostalgic about 'the groovy 60's', or they don't have that anymore, or we are sure screwed up today... but after listening to this, things didn't seem too bright and sunny then either. So if you have 50 minutes or so, sit back and listen to this 'way-back machine'.