Timeline – 1970 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, September 27, 1970.

In this episode, Chip learns some Flagston family history. According to Hi, his father was a self-reliant man who provided for his brood by working odd jobs during the Great Depression. Chip is not impressed.

In the last panel, Lois uses the term “generation gap.” This came into common usage during the period as a reference to clashing perspectives between parents and their children.
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Timeline – 1970 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 22, 1970.

Herb Caen was a San Francisco newspaper columnist who helped add to the cultural lexicon. In 1958, he invented the term “beatnik” to describe local bohemians and during the 1967 Summer of Love, popularized the word “hippie.”

The hippies had their own language, using superlatives like “groovy,” “boss,” “outta sight,” “far out” and “righteous.” They got “bummed out” when things didn’t go well or “freaked out” when they got out of control. They “toked” on “joints” to get “stoned” and protested against “The Man.”
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