NY Times’ Slide Show on 1969

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A pretty good slide show of the whole year of 1969 is up on The New York Times’s website now. Prompted by the anniversary of today’s moon landing, the slides capture most of the moments and highlights you would expect, though you might not have known before that all these things happened in one year: Charles Manson’s Helter Skelter, Nixon’s election, “Midnight Cowboy,” Stonewall, the Chicago 8, the first episode of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “Easy Rider,” “Dazed and Confused” (the song, not the movie).

The photo above is of Kurt Vonnegut, who published his greatest novel, “Slaughterhouse-Five,” in 1969. The book sold for $1.95 then, about what a ticket for the film version of the book cost in 1972 when it came out. (The same book, forty years later, marked up with the author’s signature, now goes for as much as $4,000.)

We’re marking the 40th anniversary of the moon landing tonight at 7 p.m. in Cinema 1. It’s autographed by the national unconscious, and the evening still costs only $9.

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