A Conversation for Writing Right with Dmitri - Mining Memory

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Minorvogonpoet

One of the interesting things about memory is that people remember different things, or remember things in different ways, according to their personalities and interests.

I remember the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962. I was only 12, but I remember thinking that nuclear war was about to break out, and that we were all going to be fried. smiley - yikes But if you asked some of my contemporaries what they remember of 1962, they might say that the Beatles released 'Love Me Do."

Now both things happened, so if you were writing a history of the time, you ought to include them both. If you were witing a novel, you might give your character a memory, say of hearing the Beatles hit for the first time, if he(or she) is the sort of person who is excited by pop music. In other words, the memories you pick will be part of characterization.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Absolutely.

I was 10 that year. Now, I do not remember the Beatles.They didn't hit the US for a couple more years, and even then, frankly, I did not care. I thought their music was boring.

On the other hand, we share a response to the Cuban Missile Crisis. I have vivid memeories of Herblock's editorial cartoons, which led to dreams of being chased by ICBMs with evil faces. smiley - rocket

Also, we had Civil Defense drills at our school. We practiced 'duck and cover'.

I don't know if you watch 'Mad Men'? It's set in the 1960s, in New York City. Viewers have long discussions online about how the showrunner has 'handled' events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of JFK, MLK, and RFK, etc. He relates them to the experiences of his characters, of course.

I think Matt Weiner does an amazing job, because I can remember those events. I think he neatly avoids contextualising them as posterity sees them, and goes for the reality of the time.


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Post 3

Florida Sailor All is well with the world

Once more you challenge me to remember thingssmiley - biggrin

In July 1969 I was forced to take my last family vacation with the Parents, I was 17 at the time.

Some of my memories of that epic voyage have become confused or at least forgotten.

From our home on the west coast of Florida we can see most of the large launches, please don't ask me about the smoke trail of Challenger - I saw itsmiley - sadface ' Too red, too bright, too beautiful'. No I did not see until a half hour later - it was just another routine launchsmiley - erm. The terrible smoke cloud trails were still fully visible, and I knew what the meant.

In July of 1969 we drove from Largo, Florida (near Tampa, not the Key) to visit our Aunt, Uncle and Cousins in Detroit, we then crossed Canada to reach my other Aunt's home just outside Buffalo. A part of my mind wants to think we watched the take-off from home just before we started. I'm not sure, the time line does not seem to add up. This might just be my memory, our time in Detroit may be wrong instead.. In any event I clearly remember thinking about the Astronauts travailing through space while we were travailing on the Interstate Highway. I remember it was late, at least after dark our time, when Neal Armstrong exited the LEM with his immortal words

As hard as I begged my parents, they refused to let me stay in New York State long enough to attend the Woodstock Festival. They refused and I was forced to return home without becoming a part of historysmiley - shrug

The summer of 1969 - its own little epoch of history!

F smiley - dolphin S


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Wow. Thanks for those memories, FS! smiley - biggrin

You sussed it - that's what I'm trying to do, jog h2g2ers into remembering and telling their tales. I love to hear them. smiley - winkeye


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