Those who remember the 60s – and for many they are just a smoky blur – will summon up images, as they tackle these quizzes, of flared hipsters, Cuban heels, cheese-cloth shirts, Zapata moustaches and war department overcoats. Strains of Flowers in the Rain, A Whiter Shade of Pale, Telstar and Big Girls Don’t Cry, will come limping into their inner ears. They may even recall names like Milton Obote, Jack Ruby and Archbishop Makarios and the achievements of Rod Laver, Denis Law and Anne Packer. If they were there they will remember for certain the Moon landing and (just possibly) the names of the astronauts, but what about the year of the Torrey Canyon disaster or the year that Swedish drivers started to drive on the right? Much trickier.
If you never lived through the 60s or have zero recollection of them, these quizzes will be a helter skelter ride of people, events and ‘happenings’. The names, in many cases, will have a strangely familiar ring to them.
Whether you were there in body and soul or not, you are about to become an expert on the century’s most exciting and sensational decade.