It Was a Very Good Year – 1968-1974

On July 13, 2012, my two daughters surprised me with a big box of wrapped gifts, informing me it was exactly 80 days until my 80th birthday and I would be able to unwrap one gift a day.  The gift items would commemorate a year in my life in some way.  This is what I received this week.

1968 – A double CD set of favorite songs from 1960s.



1969 – My oldest daughter put together a booklet of clippings from her 1969 scrapbook.  There was quite a bit about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing.


1970 – This is something of a tongue-in-cheek gift – a David Cassidy/Partridge Family trading card.  Although I was never much of a fan, my daughter who was born in 1970 is and was delighted to find this gift for me.  The lyrics to the song are on the back of the card.


1971 – A Gordon Lightfoot songbook.  This is perfect for me since Gordon Lightfoot is my all-time favorite singer.

1972 – A 1972 edition of Sport Story with Pete Rose on the cover.  No one lived in Cincinnati in this era who didn’t know Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose.


1973 – The book Secretariat.  Secretariat was the Triple Crown Winner in 1973.


1974 – My youngest daughter knitted a pair of mittens in the classic colors of the 1970s from a vintage pattern.

All of my posts on this wonderful celebration are listed in Family – My 80th Birthday in my index on the right hand side of the page.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

9 thoughts on “It Was a Very Good Year – 1968-1974”

  1. All lovely gifts! The mittens are wonderful and the homemade CD was very nice too! Was that Marty Robbins I saw on the front bottom middle? These gifts are just so wonderful! I’m enjoying every minute!

    1. Yes, that was Marty Robbins. One of the best live shows I ever saw was one by Marty Robbins in 1979. He was a true showman. Lillian

  2. Great memories of the late 60’s and 70’s. What ever happened to Pete Rose, when I think of some of the things that athletes get away with now, especially football, Pete’s gambling was mild by comparison

    1. Pete Rose is still around although he doesn’t live in Cincinnati. He shows up at sports memorabilia shows to sell autographs. We were so disappointed in him, although I agree that what has been discovered among athletes since then has often seemed worse. I think the sad thing is that he’s banned from any kind of recognition in major league baseball, but Cincinnati has managed to sneak a few things in – like planting 4192 rosebushes outside of the ballpark in honor of his 4192 hits record. Lillian

  3. This is such a special thing to do, you must feel so proud of your children. The mittens are fantastic – love the colours and the pattern. Abigail 🙂

  4. So many lovely gifts just keep coming. I am surprised that you received the David Cassidy card as much as your daughter is so crazy about him. So many fond memories. Isn’t this great!

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