The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Summer of '68

July 13, 2008

Enid area residents, former residents wax reminiscent about their 1968 experiences


Eugene McCarthy and I never completed the campaign. He lost all his will to run just as I lost the will to campaign anymore. The summer was an unsettled start to my college years, which were also filled with turmoil and unrest. The Vietnam War, the civil rights protests, the war protests, drugs, etc. seemed to be the focus of our generation, and it was a restless era.

Peggy (Gibbons) Feist


Enid in 1968 was great place to be a teenager

Wow. Enid in the summer of 1968. What a wonderful time to be a teenager. That also meant if you were a teen, you grew up in the 50s. No one had to lock their doors. Kids actually went outside and played till after dark and your neighbors were very well your best friends.

The 60s brought freedom, free spirit and the love. The music told a story you could actually understand. Vietnam was developing into something no one understood.

You watched the unrest and racism on TV and were so very thankful and proud to live in small town Enid, America.

The summer of ’68 was my graduation year summer, and I enjoyed every minute of the summer with friends, drive-in picture shows, rides up and down Van Buren to A&W; and preparing for the future with my childhood sweetheart.

David sold his l958 Chevy to buy my engagement ring that summer. That is probably what I remember most about my graduation. What a present.! We chose to stay in Enid and be married in l969. The 4th of July was 39 years and we are blessed with friends, family and many happy memories of the summer of l968 in Enid, OK.

We love our home town and are so proud to call her home.

This July will be the class of 1968’s 40th reunion. While on the committee for the reunion I have reconnected with many old friends that have only good things to say about the graduation of 1968. The summer of decisions and anticipation of what is ahead for our futures and the pride we take from being from Enid.

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