My first 6 decades

Martin Pluss

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I was listening on the radio to an interview with a guy who has written a book about the 1960s. This got me thinking about what I can remember and what has shaped me for the five decades of my life.

So here we go Plu's first 6 decades - a work in progress

I thought I would put together what I can remember experiencing of a significant nature, for each decade of my life.

The 1960s the kid

Landing on the moon – did they land?

1969 Balmain - Souths Grand Final

Vietnam War

Debate over contraception and the pill

Beatles Tom Jones Elvis Presley Music

TV Hogans Heros, Gilligans Island, Get Smart

1970s the care free teenager

There is a lot I remember about this decade and subsequent decades so the is here is restricting them to no more than 13.

It’s Time and Gough Whitlam

The Dismissal

Munich Olympics and Shane Gould and Marc Spitz

American Pie and Go Set


Tree of Man





1980s the self indulgent idealist

Oxley College

Gordon Below Franklin Dam

Triathlons Marc Dragon the Scotts Molina, Dave and Tinley and Marc Allen

The music just rocked and it was not rock

Bob Hawke

New Age

1989 Balmain Canberra Grand Final

America’s Cup

Dougie and MMM Paper Chase

Apple Computers

LA Olympics, Deek and marathons on TV

Miami Vice

State of Origin

Married Jenny

1990s the era of deferred personal goals

Northholm Grammar

Nick and Ali born

Galaxy then Foxtel

Mobile phones

Monas - the runner


Paul Keating The recession we had to have

Iraq War



Lady Di

2000s the age of reason

Tara School


War on Terrorism

Sydney Olympics

Running the Olympic course marathon

Cool Running





2010s - community engagement

Loreto Normanhurst

Murray dies

Running longer and slower

Port Ironman 2014

Pennant Hills Trust and Hornsby Council

Nick and Ali transition school, university workforce

Dad dies



Mum Dies

Nick and Beth Married

Northholm Grammar