Brokaw's "1968" on History Channel Tonight

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Sunday night at 9pm ET, the History Channel will air "1968" hosted by Tom Brokaw. Watch or set your Tivo, it's really good. I received a screening copy which I watched on an airplane flight last week. I don't think I looked up once.

The topics: Vietnam, hippies, music and civil rights.


Brokaw has assembled many of those who were active or prominent that year, from Weatherman Mark Rudd to Bruce Springsteen, Arlo Guthrie and former Mamas and Papas member Michelle Phillips. It replays the actual footage of the Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations. There's video of the Vietnam War protests, Haight Ashbury, the Columbia University takeover and the 1968 Chicago convention. There's Jon Stewart, Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers, Sam Brown, and many more. It's interesting to see how those interviewed have aged. Then again, it was 39 years ago.

The only negative in the film is conservative tv columnist Dorothy Rabinowitz. Had I been watching on tv, I would have muted her after her second comment. She gets way too much time, has nothing worthwhile to say and casts a pall over the whole thing with her negativity.

Where were you in 1968? If you don't remember, here's a calendar of events . Rolling Stone has a 1968 music trivia quiz...I got 33 out of 40 right. Let us know your score if you take it.

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    Is this based upon Mark Kurlansky's Book (none / 0) (#1)
    by Molly Bloom on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 11:10:54 AM EST
    1968: The Year That Rocked the World?

    Its a great book and well worth reading

    Tom Brokaw's Book "Boom" (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 11:23:42 AM EST
    is what it's based on.

    A good year for me (none / 0) (#3)
    by Repack Rider on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 07:56:43 PM EST
    My life pivoted on 1968, a perfect example of the times.  I got out of the Army and became a roadie for a San Francisco rock band.

    38 out of 40 on the music trivia.  I have met a number of the people in the quiz.

    Music spoiler (kinda) (none / 0) (#4)
    by Linkmeister on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 11:48:37 PM EST
    I don't think it'll offend anyone if I say that the very thought of Joni Mitchell fronting Big Brother is startling.

    I didn't need the rerun (none / 0) (#5)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 06:53:22 AM EST
    I saw it during its first run.

    33 outta 40..... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 08:58:42 AM EST
    slightly disappointed in my score, I thought I knew the golden age of musice a little better than that....but I guess it's not to bad for being born in '77.  I always say I was born 25 years too late.

    I doubt Astral Weeks (none / 0) (#7)
    by jondee on Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 03:18:27 PM EST
    was even nominated. It was too good a record.