LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A nice young lady who told me she was a high school student in Berea called and said she wanted to interview me but she didn’t want her name in the newspaper even though she’d need to put mine in the paper she was writing for a history class.
I told her that I understood, “Because I wouldn’t want my name mentioned in this column either.”
She told me she was writing about “the sixties” and wanted to know what I thought about them. I told her I was only half way through them, but, “So far they didn’t have a lot going for them unless I could find a way to take some joy from, poor hearing, bad eyesight, diabetes, having strokes and getting along with my ever-present companion, Mr. Parkinson.
Then she said, “No I’m talking about the 1960’s” that happened like in the last century.” Someone had told her I was a teenager way back then.
I said, “Well, Sweetheart, for one thing we said ‘like’ a lot too, and I’m kinda glad to see it coming back into the language.”
She said, “Cool. If you’re going to call me Sweetheart, can I call you Grandpa cause you sound just like my Gramps in Oklahoma and he calls me Sweetheart because he likes to go to the rodeo.”
And I said “Cool. We invented that word too.”
She said, “Tell me about the music you liked.”
I said, “Well, The Beatles came along about the time I hit puberty and forever changed the sound and shape of rock and roll.”
“The who,” she asked?
I said, “Yep them too. “Pinball Wizard was an anthem of the sixties.”
“I mean who were the Beatles,” she asked? And what’s a pinball?”