We asked thoughtful locals why the 1970s left such a lasting imprint on Austin. We received many provocative answers, which we’ll share here first.
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Tim McClure, co-founder GSD&M, Austin citizen since 1966
Everything was politically correct, because nobody bothered to correct us. The Vietnam War was winding down, thanks to the largest protest marches east of University California Berkley. Politically, Democratic Governor John Connally had just abdicated to eventually rebrand himself as a Republican and run for President. He was followed, after a fashion, by the likes of Governors “Press On” Smith, “Dog Biscuit,” Briscoe, “Clementine” Clements, and Mark “One Term” White.