Background of an era

We were born into the optimistic Eisenhower, post-World War II era – in the heart of the Baby Boom.  Most of us lived in a two parent household, with the mom who stayed home and cared for the house and children, and a father who went off to his blue collar job in his gray work clothes, carrying his lunch pail.  Some mothers, like mine, did part-time work to help make ends meet.  
 
None of us had computers or microwaves, or electronic devices of any kind, except for big black and white TVs – usually housed in a place of honor in the living room – and transistor radios.  We didn’t lock our homes or cars, and weren’t fearful of our neighbors or strangers.  We roller skated and rode bikes without  helmets, and often gave each other rides on the front bar or back bumper.  It was common to see someone riding down a hill behind the “driver” of a bicycle with legs splayed out and hanging on for dear life.  We played neighborhood games like Hide and Seek, Touch Football, or Kick the Can. 

If there were drugs around I was – and am – completely unaware of it.  The only gangs I knew of were like the Little Rascals: they were just the group of kids you played with on a daily basis.  Half a century later, that time does indeed seem idyllic.  Fun for a kid growing up in the mid-late fifties really was ‘good’ and ‘clean’. 

By the early sixties the world was changing, and by the time we arrived in high school we had been reluctant witnesses to John Kennedy’s assassination, civil rights unrest, the ongoing Viet Nam war, and the beginning of the student protests and riots.  Without fully understanding the issues, I was frightened of it all.  At the time I didn’t want my world to change, and in my protected little world it really didn’t.  

In the haven called Camarillo (although we didn’t necessarily see it as a haven at the time), we were truly blessed in so many ways, and my experiences in high school, and especially in music, were a continuation of the good stuff…

This site is a collection of my recollections and the memorabilia I have of the years 1966 through 1970.  It’s really just a scrapbook. If you were part of The Choraliers, West Side Story, The Fantasticks or The Today Generation, I hope you will enjoy sharing these memories with me.  Please share your thoughts and memories here too!  If not, maybe you’d just like to see what was like in my world…

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10 Responses to Background of an era

  1. Diana Andonian says:

    Trudy – this is really well done. Great job!!!
    I don’t remember but guess I dropped out of music my senior year which really surprises me- either that or you guys kept on with the group after I went away to UCSB.

  2. Yvonne Trainor says:

    Trudy,
    You really out did yourself! It has been well worth the time & effort that you’ve put forth. This website is absolutely fantastic. Even though I wasn’t actually part of “The Today Generation,” I always felt proud to be associated with CHS where “The Today Generation” evolved from.
    With admiration,
    Yvonne Trainor

  3. Jane Graves Ferguson says:

    What a blast from the past- with pictures I’ve never ever seen in my life! We were quite the “darlings” of the Press-Courier- their subscription rate must have suffered after Today Generation was disbanded…:-) Trudy, you are a historian of great abilities- thank you so much for preserving so many wonderful memories for so many people. IT was a fabulous time in all of our lives!

  4. John Spohn says:

    Trudy, I remember when you sent me an email asking about building a website. WOW, I never knew it would turn out like this. You poured your heart and soul into this incredible and beautiful site. It’s laid out very nice and your writing is outstanding. I hope all our classmates and more find their way to your website and enjoy these special memories. ACHS sure had some amazing and very talented singers and performers. Thanks for all your time, effort and countless hours of perserving these amazing memories.

  5. Cathy says:

    This is a fantastic website and tribute to a golden era and the driving talent and force of Scott Henderson. Trudy your work is brilliant and you memorialized those days with great detail and artistry. Thank you for bringing the past to the present!
    Cathy Hodge Smith, aka Kurt Kohler’s cousin

  6. John Lassen says:

    Hi Trudy, It was so much fun to read and explore this web page. It brought back many memories. Thanks for putting this together. I also remember a field trip we took to Hollywood to see plays. I believe we saw performances of “Your a Good Man Charley Brown” and “Paint Your Wagon”. Was there another play that we saw on that field trip? I also have very much enjoyed Handel’s “Mosiah” thanks to Scott. I found a movie production of “Fantastiks” and had to buy it and enjoy watching it from time to time. On rare occasions I sing the love songs to my wife or with some of my daughters. Thanks for all you did to put together this page. Love John Lassen

  7. Michele LaFreniere says:

    Hi Everybody!!!

    This is GREAT, Trudy!! Brings back alot of memories!

    Does anyone have any pictures of the Choralilers or Today Generation with me in them? Came mid sophomore year through junior year. I have never seen one.

    Think of you all often.

  8. Carol Henderson Evans says:

    Hi, Trudy: I’m Scott’s sister. I very much remember meeting you many years ago and remember how fond Scott was of you…and all his students. Megan sent the link to this page and I have been having such a wonderful time reading through it and looking at pictures and articles. I especially liked the remembrances of Scott. He was so proud of his work in Camarillo. I actually have the West Side Story and Today Generation record albums! Thank you so much for putting this together. I hope you are having a wonderful life.
    Thanks.
    Carol Henderson Evans

  9. Susie Birch says:

    Hello Carol,
    My sister, Jay Kauka, was a member of The Today Generation. Your writing is the first I’ve read of existing copies of the albums. Jay has passed away and her children (and grandchildren, and my brothers and sisters) would be so grateful if there is a way you could help us obtain a recording.
    Thank you,
    Susie Birch

  10. Gretchen Ostergren says:

    Hi Trudy,

    This is the first time I have visited your site. I received an email from Steve and your website was attached. I am really embarrassed to say that I didn’t even know that Scott Henderson had passed away. I may not have been part of the singing Today Generation, but I sure did a lot of the behind the scenes running around for him. I recall many times him giving me a “hall pass” to LA!!!! I’d drive down and pick up record albums or deliver some IMPORTANT whatevers. It was a crazy time. I must admit that he influenced me in more than a few ways…..I bought a Porsche and now play the french horn!!! He will always be with me. He was definately the most influencial person during my high school years.

    Gretchen Ostergren

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