8-25 & 9-7-19 50th Anniversary Celebrations

What happened in 1969? Well a lot of things – many of which we remember. Here are some of the highlights:

The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records     First Concorde test flight is conducted In France,

The Concord started test flights in 1969

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carried 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome of the American muscle car is introduced,

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Woodstock attracts more than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans.  Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder five people.

Man Walks on the Moon – July 20, 1969

The first man is landed on the moon on the Apollo 11 mission by the United States and Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon.

Apollo 11 and man is on the moon in July 1969. We watched this on live television with my parents in La Jolla.

Richard Nixon becomes President of the United States.    Sesame Street known for its Muppet characters, makes its debut on PBS.  Seiko sells the first Quartz Watch

Popular films included: The Love Bug,

The Love Bug Movie

Funny Girl, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. True Grit, Midnight Cowboy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Easy Rider and Where Eagles Dare

Popular Musicians include: The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Creedence Clearwater Revival,

Creedence Clearwater Revival was on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1969

John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The first ATM is installed and the hand held barcode scanner is created.  Fashions reflected the anti war sentiment with military jackets adorned with peace signs, and other trends included long unkempt wild hair and headbands reflecting the feelings of anti establishment felt by the youth.

 And on August 2, 1969 David & Janeen got married.

Walk to the Reception after our ceremony

Since that time, 50 years or so, they have been together, raised two sons – seen them both married, grand daughters have joined the family and now they (David & Janeen) live in a state of Wander – they don’t have a house but just “wander” around.

August 2 ,2019 was the official anniversary day – and we had a lovely lunch with our dear friend Beth at a Spanish restaurant in Healdsburg. Fantastic time
Gary Peter and Jaynese were not able to make either celebration so we partied with them in the Bay Area.(51st anniversary August 10)

To celebrate this long relationship, our sons, Jason and Ryan, hosted two major parties – one in California for a bunch of West Coast friends and one on the East Coast for the growing network of friends in that area.

A photo montage was created and can be seen by clicking on the link here.  https://youtu.be/7jwtRiQ-TPA

Below are some of the pictures from the two events – one held in Pasadena at Bacchus Kitchen and one in Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Plantation VacationVillage. Our friends on both costs (and those in between) who were able to attend were treated to wines from our collection along with great eats.

All the West Coast folks got together for a picture after dinner.
The West Coast Crowd
Will and Cheryl with Janeen and David. David and Will worked together at Northrup and haven’t seen each other in years! A nice surprise at the West Coast event.
Jason hosting one of the tables at the West Coast event.
Here we are after all these years still together.

Our Celebration in Virginia was smaller but just as fantastic.

There was a special cake! Hand made pistachio flavored cake with lemon curd filling. Wonderful edible chamomile flowers adorned.
Ira, Janeen and Chris at the East Coast event
Opening cards at the East Coast celebration
The table was set and ready for us when we arrived for the East Coast Celebration
Gloria and Tony – he was the Best Man at our wedding.
Janeen and Emma holding our granddaughters(flower girls in pink)
Tiy, Theresa and Michael all joined in the celebration
We had a wonderful evening for sure.
Joel is our Jazz lover friend from Boston – Janeen worked for his dad when we lived in Cambridge in the early 70’s.

We don’t consider our Party over yet as we continue to roam around and stop in to visit friends across the country :new celebrations happen all the time.

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