Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Those Hippies on a Bicycle – The Ruin of All Social Order
I just finished this book. It is a light history filled with how the two-wheeler changed and influenced the world. Below is one of my favorite passages.
Margaret Guroff – The Mechanical Horse – How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life, pgs. 121-122.
By the 1960’s, the specter of the slick-haired, leather-jacketed juvenile delinquent had been replaced by a fearsome new teenage minority: the hippie, whose hallucinogens, campus activities, psychedelic music and improvisational hygiene threated to destroy the social order. Critics blamed the generation’s wildness on parental overindulgence – such as handing out bikes to our children without requiring work in exchange “We have given our children a free ride since the day they were born, and now we can’t understand why they demand so much,” opined the California philanthropist Mrs. George Buccola in 1967. “We gave them that bicycle.”
Happy Saturday and BTHO UTSA!