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Culture Changing Years

August 7, 2017, by Leigh Rudd

In my DOCU-BLOG I decided to note which years are the most culture-changing. So far I am thinking 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1978… just for starters. It’s like taking a stroll through the woods of civilization – and there are certain paths that change your entire journey.


I decided to address this subject first. For those who want to be a blogger or fashion forecaster (they are not the same). Blogging is more on the reporting side, whereas forecasting is predicting trends into the future – and then specifying the trends into colors and designs that relate to the trend. We’ll be talking more about this.

It may seem out-of-order to talk about this here. But I wanted to say that wherever I went in my youthful travels I always carried a bright pink notepad and pencils. Because ideas pop into my head a million a second I like to make little notes. Then later I can decide if they go into the trash bin or need to go to good use. But give it a try. It becomes a habit which I still use wherever I go.  So give it a try.


Before the horrific event of President Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, America was bopping along in a movement to satirize the commercialization of America which included Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein who was a friend of mine.  There was a saucy, cynical look at consumerism, but it was clever, bright and amusing.  I was hanging around with a community of pop art painters like Roy. I remember going around on Saturday mornings with a painter friend of mine “Spike” and it was tradition to go to various painters lofts to talk “work” – art that is. All of those painters became famous soon after that.


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