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** The Boomer Years **

The 50s, 60s, and early 70s were exciting, dramatic, fast-paced, turbulent, and fascinating. If you weren’t around then, try to imagine yourself as an impressionable teenager when all this was happening. Please join us in the BBHQ WayBack Machine:

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1956: Early boomers are ten years old; late boomers are eight years away from birth. Meanwhile President Eisenhower wins re-election, but Nikita Khrushchev says, “History is on our side. We will bury you!”
1957: The Russians launch Sputnik I and Sputnik II; President Eisenhower uses troops to enforce desegregation in Arkansas.
1958: The U.S. launches the Explorer I satellite; the first Pizza Hut opens.
1959: Barbie is “born"; Buddy Holly dies; Castro takes over in Cuba.
1960: The soviets shoot down a U.S. spy plane; John Kennedy is elected president; and Chubby Checker introduces the Twist.
1961: The Russians and then the U.S. put a man into space; the Berlin wall goes up.
1962: K-Mart and Wal-Mart open; Russian warheads in Cuba bring the world to the edge of war.
1963: President Kennedy is assassinated; Dr. Martin Luther King declares, “I have a dream."
1964: President Johnson declares a “war on poverty.” But he also plans the huge escalation of a much larger war to be fought half-way around the world. The Beatles “invade” the U.S.
1965: Civil disturbances over race and the Vietnam war play in increasingly larger roles in American society. President Johnson unveils his plans for the “Great Society.”
1966: The Supreme Court issues its “Miranda” ruling; U.S. troop strength in southeast Asia reaches 400,000.
1967: The first heart transplant operation is performed; race riots kill dozens in Detroit. “Rolling Stone” magazine rolls off the presses.
1968: Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy are assassinated; President Johnson declines to run for re-election; Richard Nixon wins the presidency.
1969: The U.S. lands a man on the moon; teens celebrate at Woodstock, then demonstrate in Washington.
1970: Campus demonstrations close down several colleges; four die at Kent State University. The Beatles break up.
1971: The “Pentagon Papers” are published; President Nixon freezes wages and prices. The Supreme Court affirms the legality of bussing to achieve racial desegregation.
1972: President Nixon shocks the world by visiting communist China. Nixon wins re-election in a landslide; but the break-in at the Watergate complex seals his fate.
1973: A ceasefire ends U.S. ground troop involvement in Vietnam. The military draft ends; the Supreme Court legalizes abortion; the noose around the president’s neck tightens.
1974: Richard Nixon resigns; President Ford declares, “Our long, national nightmare is over.” The youngest of the boomers are nearly teenagers; the oldest are nearly middle aged.
1975: “The Greatest” retains his title in “The Thrilla’ in Manila”; Saigon falls and the U.S. bails out of Vietnam; but “Jaws” scares the living daylights out of us.

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    I will never love you
    The cost of love’s too dear
    But though I’ll never love you
    I’ll stay with you one year

The title of the song is in the next line. What is it?

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