Summer of 1969, a Memoir: Why Don’t We Sing This Song All Together

A. Jay Adler
7 min readAug 15, 2019
John “Jack” Niflot (Gift of Duke Devlin)/The Museum at Bethel Woods/Via Reuters

Ann-Margaret was dancing down the middle of Sepulveda Boulevard.

We were watching her from an overpass above. We were 17 and 19, and we had just walked out of Los Angeles International Airport. We had worked the first part of the summer to afford this first ever trip on our own — a three-week odyssey up the coast of hippie California. But there was no…

A. Jay Adler

Professor of English, writer, roper of stars