Most of the month I stayed in Laguna with my family while they were on vacation. We watched the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach from August 5 to August 8, on our black-and-white TV. After listening to lots of speeches, Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew were finally chosen as the presidential and vice-presidential nominees of the Republican Party for the upcoming election. Nixon promised to “bring an honorable end to the war in Vietnam.”
The rest of my time in Laguna was spent at the beach with my parents and little brother, Jack (age 7). We enjoyed relaxing and swimming in the ocean at the Main Beach. Also, it was nice to reminisce about when Steve and I met there, two years earlier, in the summer of 1966.
The last week of August I went to Catalina Island with Steve’s family. Upon arrival on the ferry from San Pedro, we all stayed in a rental cottage, close to the beach. We had a fun time together then, but I couldn’t wait to return to the mainland and get back to school in Fresno.
During our week in Catalina, the Democratic National Convention was televised from Chicago. As we watched on TV each night (August 26 to August 29), it turned into chaos with police riots and violence against crowds of anti-war protesters outside the convention. In the end Hubert Humphrey and Senator Edmond Muskie were nominated as the Democratic ticket, and it was amazing there were no fatalities on the streets of Chicago at the time of that event!
Attitudes were changing toward the Vietnam War, but Steve and I were still exchanging letters on a daily basis.