Monday, August 15, 2005

Berry Interesting...but schtupid?

A post over at my friend Bob’s blog got me thinking. Again. He always seems to do that, damn him. So maybe he, or any of you, can answer this:

What was the significance of strawberries in the hippie culture of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s?

I’m only old enough to have caught the tail-end of the Flower Power movement, the part with the drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll, but minus the ideology (funny how all of that anti-war ideology went away once the draft ended, isn't it?).

However, I seem to remember strawberry everything: Strawberry Alarm Clock, strawberry wine, strawberry lipstick, paintings of strawberries, strawberries on t-shirts, strawberries embroidered on bell-bottoms…you name it, it had strawberries on it.

Was this just some meaningless fad, or do you think that it had some deeper, perhaps unconscious, significance to it?

And wouldn't you hate to have a brain like mine that actually thinks about stuff like this?


  1. You forgot about Strawberry Shortcake, the doll and all of her merchandise. It's so innocent it's creepy.

  2. Actually, the 60s were a time for fruits of all kinds -- Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Lemon Pipers, Moby Grape, Tangerine Dream, Apple Records and more that presently escape me.