A&M Student Letters to the Future
- Allison, Libby (Person)
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Racial tensions were extremely high with the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict still a fresh wound in many minds. Pulling to the extreme opposite, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his wife and her male friend. The prevailing opinion was that both cases got the verdicts wrong in the worst way. Tejano superstar Selena had been brutally slain in Corpus Christi, and the murder trial was set to begin mere days after the Simpson verdict.
The fiery massacre of the Branch Davidians in Waco was still fresh, as well as the retaliatory bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City which claimed 168 lives. Years away from 9/11, The World Trade Center towers had been bombed with the intention of collapsing the buildings, and the intentional Amtrak Sunset Limited Palo Verde derailment occurred with no perpetrators or conclusive motive ever being found.
AIDS, safe sex, and abortion, were regular topics and frequently addressed in the music of the day. Grunge and the Seattle Sound ruled the airwaves, with bands such as Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Bush, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tori Amos, Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails, R.E.M., The Toadies, and even Michael Jackson dominating the rotations on MTV in between episodes of The Real World and Beavis and Butthead. Cinema introduced the world to Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Dazed and Confused, and Forrest Gump. The hole discovered in the ozone layer was a major topic, while George Bush, Ross Perot, and Bill Clinton had recently vied for the White House. And of course, there was the ever-present derogatory Generation X label being wielded against the youthful latchkey kids who were trying to contend with all this chaos. Douglas Coupland’s seminal novel Generation X: Tales For An Accelerated Culture flew off the shelves in malls at Walden Books. Forged in the fire of the times, Generation X co-opted the moniker and adopted it as their own with their trademark deadpan irony.
The student papers within this collection touch on all of these subjects and more, revealing a determination of character and optimism that the world had immutably tried to extinguish.
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- Grandparents' Letters
- Eric Christensen
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