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Hlavaty grants facile kudos to the music, not realizing that the music was an outpouring of the unrest as well as the ethos of the day. And this is the crux of the matter, because there was a real excitement in the air that America hasn't seen since, except, maybe, during the punk and new wave movements, both of which influenced a narrower range of American culture. The '60s was a time of change and hope and people working together to make something genuine happen and open up the strictures of a narrow society. And, despite our failings, we accomplished amazing things. But, of course, all that was too dangerous, and America ended up with Ronald Reagan taking over the White House and beginning the systematic destruction of our economy and social and political freedoms — the very freedoms the youth of the '60s idealized and, yes, suffered for, and saw eroded because the generations since have been too self-centered and complacent to comprehend what's going on around them, much less protest.

Finally, if Hlavaty objects to folks who grew up in the '60s engaging in a little nostalgia for their youth, so be it, but don't blame us for the commercialism surrounding it. I haven't bought a tie-dyed shirt or a pair of bell-bottoms since 1974, when that same commercialism began marketing the stuff to high school students as "style." But I suggest Hlavaty start tossing his CD collection now, as well as his memories, and never look back. Otherwise, he might wake up one day to find a few nostalgic feelings of his own creeping in as he stumbles to the bathroom to see an aging hypocrite full of BS looking back out of the mirror.

Christopher Dow


Last week's review of Resurrecting the Champ [by Robert Wilonsky, August 23] implied that writer J.R. Moehringer got the Los Angeles Times story upon which this movie is based wrong. That is not the case.

The Press regrets the error.

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