December 10, 2011

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The Lynda Bird Johnson Wedding. In 1967, a brief respite.


These days, when you want distraction from the world in general you can be bombarded by mindless reality shows, mindless talkshows and mindless infomercials. In 1967 the avenues weren't so plentiful (newspapers, radio or non-cable TV), so what was the equivalent of a "media event" in 1967 was a White House Wedding.

Not that much unlike the substance-free Kardashian wedding of recent vintage, in 1967 we had the wedding of Lynda Bird Johnson and Captain Charles Robb. And on December 9, 1967 that was pretty much what the world watched.

The interviews with the Bride and Groom-to-be are quite priceless, only because in a few scant years the social underpinnings from where this interview sprang would come quite unglued. And needless to say, in a few short weeks the madness that would be 1968 would be upon us and this event would seem quaint and distant and from another time.

So if you were curious as to how America got their attention riveted prior to the dawn of Social Media and instant access, this twenty minute capsule of what was at the time one of the most talked about events in America, may prove enlightening.

That was then and this is now and the concept of something being many lifetimes ago seems somehow apt in retrospect.

And in the event you weren't there, or weren't even getting started yet - here is a glimpse of what may or may not have missed.

NBC News with "Candlelight and Crossed Swords" for December 9, 1967.

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