European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Oct 25 1967, Page 12

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - October 25, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseA 10,000-mile look at a restless nation by Hugh Mulligan a staff writer America. America. How vast car by plane by train and by bus there is America s matchless Beauty to thrill to her diversity to Delight in and sudden scenes of poverty and ugliness Toppall the traveler an automobile junk Yard blighting a magnificent Canyon Cut centuries ago by the Rushing Colorado Drunken indians by the dozen reeling out of the saloons at High noon in the skid Row Section of rapid City . And everywhere movement the rest less population living in trailers and Camp wagons the hippies heading South from Frisco to big sur the Long distance moving vans uprooting half a dozen fam Ilies at a clip and scattering them across the landscape. Nobody really was born in Denver you hear. Or it might be new York Detroit Spokane or Phoenix. In this summer and fall of 1967,across the nation through the 10,000 Miles i covered Vietnam was the on subject that tripped to everyone s tongues with the least provocation but there was More confusion about the War than conclusion. And unmistakably there was a grow ing impatience with the whole thing among both the Hawks and the , president Johnson s popularity was in decline More because of racial unrest than Vietnam less for his tax increase proposal than for a wide spread disappointment with the great society More so in the wheat and cattle states than the Pacific Northwest and nowhere overwhelmingly enough for the republicans to break out the Victory banners for any old candidate that the delegates in Miami might happen to people everywhere fretted about the War in Vietnam they were1 plainly frightened by the summer epidemics of racial unrest and the menacing Rise of Lack Power. Town manager Tom Coffey in for Collins colo., battened Down for a threatened Surprise visit by militant negro Leader h. Rap Brown. What could he want Here about the Only negroes hereabouts Are nigerian students out at tiie state farms were getting bigger and big Ger across the land and so were the big cities but the Small towns were dying out. This state lost population the last 10years," said a North Dakota dry goods travelling Salesman in the bar at the grand Pacific hotel in downtown Bis Marck but the big cities like Bismarck and Fargo doubled in size. The old Prairie towns Are just blowing , with the changes and the vanish ing Frontier there was a great nostalgia for what was going and gone. Amer Cawas hell Bent on restoring refurbishing reclaiming the past. Denver was reclaiming the turn of the Century Charm of Larimer Square from skid Row and the open coach steam train ran once again Over the narrow gauge tracks Between Hill City and oblivion ., vying with the rejuvenated Deadwood stage for the tourist is a funny country said Clar ence Reed a forestry service Man just Back from fighting the big Forest fires in Idaho. Folks will pay 50 cents piece to stand up to their Shin Bones in an icy Stream for two hours to pan 15cents Worth of the tide of fashion was sweeping mini skirts higher and higher so that school boards in California and Arizona new Jersey and Florida which had banned them outright had to concede an Inch or two because the girls can t find anything else in the seemed longer in the wind swept Prairie towns and even in the big cities like Omaha Milwaukee and Chicago. Beards Long hair and hippie seem less in evidence in the heartland. We get an occasional peace picket outside the office but i Don t think we have any real hippies around Here said co George Scott the Navy recruiting officer in Bismarck. H

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