Before the hippies there lived a generation of young people in who gave birth to non- conformity; they were called Beatniks. They dressed in black, wore berets and sandals for the most part, and called coffee houses in their meeting place.
A generation that made a difference in the world of the day. Today we only get hints of the current generation's concerns and awareness about global warming and going green.
They are quiet; nothing like the generations before them. Maybe a generation will visit again, perhaps once they come up for air and look away from their weapons of mass distraction. Until then, we shall remember the beatniks and hippies as cultures that not only wanted change-but created it.