The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Summer of '68

July 14, 2008

Enid man learned from conflict with his father


“I would submit a lot of that cultural divide that was established in 1968 remains with us to this day and probably won’t go completely away until some of us Baby Boomer go away ourselves” Baker said.

Corbin Baker lived to be 99 years old. He passed away in 2006. The disagreement between Frank and his father, which first erupted during the summer of 1968, took years for the father and son recover from, Baker said.

Though they remained close and on speaking terms, the relationship between father and son did not return to its pre-1968 normalcy until the mid-1970s, after Baker had returned from a tour with the U.S. Navy.

“The generations before us were brought up that you didn’t question authority. That’s in a way what my generation was all about: You cocked your head, and you asked ‘Why?’” Baker said.

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