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After reading through newspaper articles for the year 1968 I realized that the year was quite an eventful one Politically socially and economically speaking the country endured a great deal of influential circumstances Although the studying of vast articles from the New York Times succeeded in painting a clear factual picture of that turbulent year I was still eager to discover how incidents affected people growing up in that era This fueled my motivation to begin the interviewing process and to choose participants In the end I decided to interview my father Mr John Arthur Bartle and a friend of my mothers Mrs Linda Pacelli Although both came from completely different backgrounds and both have differing views their stories and descriptions were equally fascinating Since I grew up with both my parents I assumed that I knew a great deal about my father John Bartle I could not have been more wrong I had heard stories about his being in the United States Airforce but I never knew the governing factors surrounding them It turns out that in 1968 my father age twenty-two was stationed in Spain Apparently he had enlisted in the Airforce because he was about to be drafted and he claimed There was no way in hell I was going to Vietnam He said he had even considered running to Canada Much to my surprise my father revealed that he had been part of the counterculture during that time and also vehemently opposed the war I could not quite picture my father that way for today he fits the description of a hard-working clean-cut rigid white-collared father of three My father was interesting to interview since he was overseas for 1968 and learned of all American events second hand My interview with Linda Pacelli showed a sharp contrast with that of my fathers Linda nineteen years old at the time was attending St Lawrence University during the year of 1968 She also
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