Hold on to your seats, the 1960s were a wild ride! We eased into the decade gently, confident that conservative values, traditional roles, and classic clothes still prevailed. We were an affluent society, enjoying the fruits of a flourishing economy. Yet our new young president, John Kennedy, urged us to embrace self-sacrifice over selfishness, to work together to eliminate injustice and inequality. He set the tone for change, but no one was prepared for the social upheaval that would ensue. Our attitudes, behavior, mores — every assumption would be challenged. The pendulum, which began to swing — ever so slightly — in the 1950s from the right, would move hard and fast to the left, revolutionizing American life — especially for women. And boy were we ready! Read More
I was out for a wild gay time. I was going to follow in my parents’ footsteps and I didn’t care who got hurt.
Dateline: February 1965
Her father was an alcoholic, her mother a prostitute. With “evil” in her blood, how could Jana ever be anything but bad? Wasn’t her fate pre-ordained? Read More
The priest was furious at me. He snapped, “How dare you profane the church with this shabby mockery?”
Dateline: March 1969
She fell in love with a Jewish man. Her parents forbid her from marrying him. Shocked by their hypocrisy, Joanne defies them, and marries Alan in a civil ceremony. Read More