Re: [sixties-l] Don't trust anyone over...

From: William Mandel (
Date: Thu Jun 15 2000 - 00:00:03 CUT

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    I have a chapter, "Don't Trust Anyone Over 30," in my Saying No
    To Power. The following lines pertain to the origin of the
    phrase: "Decades later, Jack [Weinberg, the man held in the
    police car students wouldn't permit to drive away the day FSM
    began] told me that he had invented the slogan, 'Don't trust
    anyone over 30' -- which became one of the hallmarks of the '60s
    nationwide -- specifically against me. He had nothing against me
    personally, but wanted to counter the allegation that they were
    being manipulated by older people, particularly of Communist
    persuasion." p.394
                                            William Mandel

    monkerud wrote:
    > As I recall the "don't trust anyone over 30" motto came from not trusting
    > those in the "old" way of doing things, i.e. "the old left," as well as
    > thinking that things were so heavy that we wouldn't live past 30 ... at the
    > time not because we didn't want to but because we were pushing the
    > establishment and thought they had ultimate power of life and death over
    > us. Who knew it was going to be in the form of "consumerism" for so many....
    > best, Don
    > >I've been chuckling at the posts recalling our memorable "Don't trust
    > >anyone over 30" motto. In explaining it to an undergrad audience a few
    > >years ago, I put it this way: "When we were in our 20's, we used to
    > >say, 'Don't trust anyone over 30.' Then when we got into our 30's and
    > >40's we upped the limit by a decade at each milestone. Now, that we're
    > >all pushing 50 and 60, we've learned better. Now we say, 'Don't trust
    > >anyone who's not breathing.'"
    > >
    > >Sandra

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