DURST: The Shameless Sixties
NBC shamelessly pandered to us boomers' self importance last weekend with a miniseries called "The 60's." Of course, I grew up in Milwaukee, where we didn't get the 60's until about 1974.The kids obviously don't understand why we old fart baby boomers keep droning on and on about how it was all so much better when we carried the anti authority banners, because we really knew how to "stick it to the man", man. "We changed the world, nipple- ring- boy, and don't you forget it." And we did. Oh not for the better necessarily. But change it we did.Here's a tidbit the peacock network will probably skip over. The most important change we effected curiously had to do with us. See back then, the drinking age was twenty one and we screamed and screamed kids should not be forced to go off to war and die for a country that wouldn't allow them to drink. So the government whined but finally caved in. And we drank. And drank and drank.Then we all grew up and they decided to raise the drinking age and we didn't say a word. And neither did anybody else. And that's why we're better than you. Because our desire to drink was stronger than yours.So take your herbal health teas and your ginko biloba shakes and give us a break, okay? Our livers hurt.Will Durst is afraid his warranty is running out.