F306 Fall 2018 So, 1947, Did Anything Really Happen Then?
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 16–Oct. 23
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Bob Coffin
It’s been 70 years. I never learned much about it (maybe because I didn’t yet know how to read—and there was no TV). But “stuff” (and things) happened then, as in any year. Take a little trip down Memory Lane (if not yours, then someone’s). Revisit “Forgotten 47,” its ups, its downs, and a whole lot in between. What was life like in America just after WWII? In many ways it was a barrier breaking year: for race; for religion; for international relations; for communications, and even for sound. You may remember Jackie Robinson, but what about Larry Doby? The Truman Doctrine (not to be confused with the Truman Show)? Taft-Hartley, Kon-Tiki, Roswell, the Marshall Plan, instant cameras, and tubeless tires? Marvel at some of the old ads from Time magazine and music, music, music—Patti Paige, Frankie Laine, Crosby, Sinatra...Zip A Dee Doo Dah! It’ll be a fun show, you come too.
Bob Coffin, an OLLI member, is a retired US Army foreign area officer and Fairfax County high school history and special education teacher. Coffin’s goal in teaching was to provide an advanced placement history experience to general and special education students, feeling that those students often got the short end of the stick when exposed to history classes.