In 1968, during the administration of US President Lyndon B. Johnson, Eartha Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon. Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.”
During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:
The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.
Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt’s career
Imagine being a Doctor Who fan in 1966 though.
“Oh dear, what’s happening? Is the Doctor dying?
What. The. Shit.”
My nan has been watching Doctor Who from the get-go
According to her the first regeneration made the entire country go ape-shit and she has vivid memories of her entire family being frozen in front of the TV in shock for about an hour
I found this amazing book from 1961, all about “everything a girl should know”. I picked it up expecting it to be a hilarious/terrible throwback, but actually it’s INCREDIBLE and basically includes everything you could possibly want to learn about life, the universe, and everything.
Then I googled it and discovered that they kept publishing the Handbook every few years, apparently edited by the same guy. Look how much times changed between 1961 and 1985:
"This handbook is designed to appeal to young girls and includes information on make-up, fashion, accessories, pets and astrology, as well as figures and statistics."
MAKE-UP AND ASTROLOGY??? What happened to the fromology guide? The morse code tutorials?? The step-by-step instructions on how to film a simple documentary? Ughhhh.