A more exciting time can hardly be imagined and yet I don’t remember it at all. Bard college in the hudson valley of NY was an extraordinary place for me. I met my lifelong friends there. I really dug into and estrablished my academic and philisophical roots that ground me to this day, and I had a lot of fun. However it would be hard to imagine a place that was such an island. No one had a TV. Of course the Internet didn’t exist for any intents or puropses from 84-89 and we were in the middle of nowhere really, five miles from the nearest “hick” town and 90 miles from NYC. I didn’t read the paper (I read enough for class thank you, didn’t read for fun) so the events of those years happened beyond my perspective, except for the quick influx of activism puntcuating the two presidential elections, and the Iran-Contra Affair, which I do remember driving across the river to the Kingston Mall to be able to watch on a TV in a bar.
By time November and December of that year happened I had moved with my then girlfriend to San Diego and was living in a hastilly built illegal room inside a garage of a house rented by students in Solana beach. The Internet still didn’t exist and I hadn’t re-acquired my following of current events that I had enjoyed in High School. It is very hard for me to believe that I was so completely out of touch.
Regardless I did, as I have told you, Visit CZ, Poland and Hungary in 1992 when my brother Ed was living in Prague. My parents came for a short visit as well and we ventured into west CZ to find the farm my Dad had bivouacked in in WWII. It was a great trip. I’ll try to bring in pictures.
Given what you know now, from White and other sources (we’ll get to Ambrose and Kissinger later) should it be a suprise that events occured as they did in Poland, CZ, the GDR and the other countries of Eaastern Europe? How were the events similar to and different from one another? How were they similar to and different from the events of 56, 68 and 1981? Enquiring minds want to know. CRS