Los Angeles, 1968

I was 22 years old in 1968, when this photo was taken at UCLA in Los Angeles:

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I had just graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in sociology, and Los Angeles was the first leg of my around the world trip. I had only $900 in my wallet, so the first thing I did was to find work at UCLA as a secretary.  I shared a one bedroom apartment with my friend, Joanne, who also was from Hawaii.

I immediately got involved in the Eugene McCarthy campaign for US president, but he lost the nomination. Back then, I was an anti-war activist.  I’m still a pacifist.  Remember the slogan, “Make Love, Not War”?

Anyway, I lived in Los Angeles for two months and hated the smog, which burned my throat. I was glad to leave that awful city.

Since 1968, I have been back to Los Angeles once, with my husband.  I have not changed my opinion of the place.

7 Responses to “Los Angeles, 1968”

  1. Olga Says:

    I pray for peace and a time of making love not war.

  2. Tom Sightings Says:

    It’s amazing what you could do back then with $900. I spent a summer in Europe for that, inclu, airfare.

  3. DeniseinVA Says:

    Interesting you spent time in Los Angeles. I remember a very hair-raising ride on the freeway there 20 years ago. I haven’t been back since, not because of the ride though that did leave a life long memory of eye rolls. Now I deal with rush hour traffic here and am still eye rolling 😉

  4. Christine Says:

    22 was a wonderful age of exploration.

  5. Linda Reeder Says:

    Another lost election, and a hope for peace.

  6. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    I first went to LA in the 70’s when I was 26. The smog was so bad, and the food was boringly the same – fried chicken or hamburgers. I didn’t like the place, at all.
    More recently, we would go about twice a year to see our daughters in LA colleges and the air was much better and the food was awesome! Now I like it.
    Still, there is no place like Hawaii for us.

  7. Olga Says:

    I went to LA sometime in the ’80s. I was nervous the whole time. I did not find it a place I would want to move to. I did have a college friend who went there to live and hated it for two years, then absolutely loved it and was very distressed to have to move back east after five years.

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