Hats off to Raymond Arsenault '69 for his insightful and honest article, “It Was Everything, It Was Nothing,” about the coming of the spirit of the '60s to Princeton. There is one historical point in the article that I would like to correct – or expand upon. It is regarding the first anti-war demonstration on campus when President Lyndon Johnson came to dedicate the new Woodrow Wilson Building on May 11, 1966, one year after the historic buildup of U.S. forces in Vietnam.
When I read that “a dozen faculty ... marched in protest of his escalation of the war in Vietnam,” I thought that, perhaps, my memory was even worse than I thought. As I remember, there were hundreds of students demonstrating and that I was one of them (my first demonstration). With a little searching on Google, I found an article* which confirmed that I had remembered the event correctly after all. According to the article, there were “close to 400 Vietnam War protesters” present – and I was, indeed, one of them.
*President Johnson addresses Vietnam in Princeton, 1966 from the Mudd Library blog: “The Reel Mudd” Oct 2010.