We're still looking for more people to participate in "When I'm 64." Below is the questionnaire to fill out and send to Mike Rappaport at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please answer the questions as fully as possible. Short answers are not useful, although they can be helpful in providing areas for follow-up in an interview. An answer of 2-3 paragraphs or longer to many of the questions will be appreciated.
1. Short answer here, and be honest. How did you view yourself in high school? (popular, jock, politico, nerd, school-spirited, etc.) And how did others view you?
2. How did you see our years at Woodson (1963-67) in the context of the same period in the U.S. Remember that there were race riots all over the country in those years, that Vietnam protest was beginning, etc. Were we involved? Were we sheltered?
3. A lot of fascinating things happened in the years immediately after we left high school – assassinations, Chicago ’68, the moon landing, Woodstock, more war protests, etc. What involvement did you have with any of these things?
4. In those same years, were you hippie or straight, military or protester? In other words, how did you finish the ‘60s?
5. Moving ahead, how did you enter adulthood? The traditional college and job model, or in and out of school finding yourself? Or have you resisted growing up all these years?
6. Here’s one you can skip if you like: Was the sexual revolution a part of your life, or have you been fairly traditional?
7. An important one: Has your life been relatively similar to that of your parents or very different? If so, how?
8. How much has high school remained an important part of your life? Lifelong friends, contacts, etc.?
9. How has your life so far turned out compared to what you thought it would be when you were 18? Very similar? Very different? How and why?
10. Tell us about your family.
11. Tell us the most interesting thing that ever happened to you.
12. Tell us – if you want – the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you.
13. When was the time you stopped thinking of 64 as extremely old? What do you expect to be doing "when you’re 64?"
14. Philosophize a little – if you’d like – about the long, strange trip our generation has been on since 1967.
15. Tell us the best way to get in touch with you for a follow-up interview.
One year and still going strong
We've passed the one-year mark, and after a very slow summer, we're back at it.
If you check the numbers (View My Stats), you'll see that we have had nearly 12,000 page hits. While that doesn't make us Matt Drudge or CNN.com, I think our little Woodson site has been a big success.