Blue Skies in Camelot: An Alternate 60's and Beyond

Good update about Australia. At least Whitlam avoided his dismissal ITTL...

At least the Native population got more rights ITTL...

Wonder how Fraser will do ITTL...

The song "Let There Be Rock" was sung and released by AC/DC in September of 1977 in the United Kingdom and October of 1977 in Australia, so congrats for continuing the pattern, @President_Lincoln, and waiting for more...
 
I've been reading the story since the beginning and would like to say that this is such a wonderful and engaging story! Thank you very much for sharing this world with us.
Thank you so very much, @Feasal Raider! You have no idea how much your kind words mean to me. :) Thank you as well to everyone else who is saying they enjoyed the most recent update. Getting to craft and share Blue Skies with you all is seriously one of the great joys in my life today. I love getting to hear from you all and share ideas, feedback, and so on.

If anyone has "requests" for certain topics for future updates/answers to questions I will do my best to provide them as soon as possible. As for right now here are the next few updates on the docket:

1. The Dawn of the Information Age
2. More U.S. Politics (Including President Udall's fights on Defense Policy and fractures within the Democratic coalition); and a check in with the Kennedy and Romney families.
3. Pop Culture in 1977
 
Speaking of which, how are the brothers Gibb faring?

I also presume that with a far happier Elvis August 1977 won't be as grim as OTL's.

Who's the next Philippine president?
 
Excellent update, even if a bit brief IMO. You are an excellent study, capturing the main events. Good to see Gough wasn't dismissed and to see Holt finally got his comeuppance! He always struck me as a bit of a slimeball for his numerous affairs. Zara was too willing to cover up for him IMO. McMahon was too much a wishy-washy failure as a PM while Gorton was too much of a larriken to make a good PM. Interesting that you reversed the two. McMahon was not popular with the National/Country Party because of his backhanded deals with Japan. Gorton was also very interested in Australia acquiring the Bomb. He was also the only PM to vote himself out of office (apparently a leadership spill occurred and when he saw the results which was too much in McMahan's favour he used his deciding vote to vote against himself, saying, "If you bastards aren't willing to back me, then I am out of here!" With his dismissal McMahon signed the nuclear nonproliferation pact.

Good to see the Indigenous Australians getting a better deal as well!
 
In “the Meeting of the Titans” Elvis Presley and his French Counterpart, Johnny Hallyday play together in Hawaii, then begin a worldwide tour starting in the United States and carrying them all across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The tour results in Hallyday finally breaking into the music scene in the English speaking world and making him a truly international star.


How is Hallyday doing ITTL? Anything other of significance involving him and his music?
 
Hi Mr President just wondering if you could tell me what happened to Sarah Jane Moore after her attempted assassination on Udall and what Representative Schlafly has been up to after her challenge to President Bush?
 
Just to remind everyone, I will be working on my TTTE supplement again, Though I want to wait until the main TL reaches the 1980s to go much further.
 
Hi Mr President just wondering if you could tell me what happened to Sarah Jane Moore after her attempted assassination on Udall and what Representative Schlafly has been up to after her challenge to President Bush?
After her attempt on Congressman Udall's life, Sara Jane Moore was arrested, convicted, and subsequently given a life prison sentence, to be served out at an all-women's State Penitentiary. Though ITTL, her sentence did come with the possibility of parole. An angry, confused woman, when interviewed about whether or not she regretted shooting at the future President, Moore reported that she "both did and didn't." She did because "she wound up throwing her life away." But didn't because "It felt like a reasonable avenue to vent her frustration." Udall, like President Kennedy before him, eventually came to grips with his would-be assassin's actions. Udall was obviously shaken by the attempt on his life, but entered the Oval Office more determined than ever to make a difference as President.

As for Representative Schlafly, her reputation took a severe hit after President Bush's defeat in the General Election. Liberal and Moderate Republicans see her as an opportunistic traitor, who stabbed their beleaguered President in the back and handed a tough, but still winnable election to the Democrats by weakening the President's hold on his base. Even among Paleoconservatives, her appeal has been dampened, as her run may have contributed to at least four more years of Liberal Democratic rule in Washington. Despite serving as a lightning rod for criticism, in a sense, Schlafly's run has empowered the right wing of the GOP once more. She performed far better than expected, and introduced "supply side" ideas to the electoral mainstream in a way never before seen. Expect her run to influence Former Vice President Reagan as he surely gears up for another run of his own in 1980. He'll need to watch his right flank, especially as Reagan stood by President Bush during the election. Schlafly currently plans to run for another term in 1978, though her razor thin reelection in '76 makes that an uncertain prospect.

Mr President is Jimi Hendrix still alive or did he die of his overdose
@TheDetailer is correct. Tragically, Jimi Hendrix, rock icon, front man of "Buster and the Battery", and arguably the greatest guitar player of all-time, still passed of a barbiturate overdose in September of 1970.
 
Representative Schlafly, her reputation took a severe hit after President Bush's defeat in the General Election.
Honestly suprised she challenged him at all. Whatever else you may say about the woman, she was a very smart political operator who took on a constitutional amendment which began with nearly unanimous political support and won. She had to know that would be the result of any challenge she gave to Bush.
 
After her attempt on Congressman Udall's life, Sara Jane Moore was arrested, convicted, and subsequently given a life prison sentence, to be served out at an all-women's State Penitentiary. Though ITTL, her sentence did come with the possibility of parole. An angry, confused woman, when interviewed about whether or not she regretted shooting at the future President, Moore reported that she "both did and didn't." She did because "she wound up throwing her life away." But didn't because "It felt like a reasonable avenue to vent her frustration." Udall, like President Kennedy before him, eventually came to grips with his would-be assassin's actions. Udall was obviously shaken by the attempt on his life, but entered the Oval Office more determined than ever to make a difference as President.

As for Representative Schlafly, her reputation took a severe hit after President Bush's defeat in the General Election. Liberal and Moderate Republicans see her as an opportunistic traitor, who stabbed their beleaguered President in the back and handed a tough, but still winnable election to the Democrats by weakening the President's hold on his base. Even among Paleoconservatives, her appeal has been dampened, as her run may have contributed to at least four more years of Liberal Democratic rule in Washington. Despite serving as a lightning rod for criticism, in a sense, Schlafly's run has empowered the right wing of the GOP once more. She performed far better than expected, and introduced "supply side" ideas to the electoral mainstream in a way never before seen. Expect her run to influence Former Vice President Reagan as he surely gears up for another run of his own in 1980. He'll need to watch his right flank, especially as Reagan stood by President Bush during the election. Schlafly currently plans to run for another term in 1978, though her razor thin reelection in '76 makes that an uncertain prospect.



@TheDetailer is correct. Tragically, Jimi Hendrix, rock icon, front man of "Buster and the Battery", and arguably the greatest guitar player of all-time, still passed of a barbiturate overdose in September of 1970.
Thanks Mr President. I can't help but feel a little sad for Sarah Jane Moore now. Obviously she's had a hard life but to try and assassinate Udall is going WAY to far. Thanks for telling me about Schlafly. I'm definitely looking forward to her running for another term and our favourite Gipper using more of her conservative language "Government is the problem" when he runs for President himself.
 
Great update on Australia!

However seeing how things have gotten cool between Australia and the UK since the UK joined the EEC, it would appear that the goodwill tour Flying Scotsman did in '72 if you remember in my supplement TL seems to have come to nothing for trading relationships between the two countries. Unless you can clarify more on this?

Speaking of Australia and railways, I know this sounds way too early to give out an idea for way later on in the TL once we get to 1988; that year saw Aus steam '88 as part of Australia's Bicentenary celebrations in which steam locomotives across Australia took part in one massive event and maybe what can happen here maybe is follow the original plan in what was to have a steam locomotive brought from each continent to take part. As we know only Flying Scotsman took part (and will do the same as OTL) but it would be cool to have a steam locomotive brought from the United States or China to join the fun depending on how Australia goes on here.

I wait for further updates! :)
 
Hi Mr President another question in TTL did Nixon and Kennedy ever bury the hatchet? Obviously Nixon hated Kennedy for beating him in the 1960 Presidential election so with Kennedy still being alive has Nixon moved past the bitterness he had to JFK?
 
Hi Mr President another question in TTL did Nixon and Kennedy ever bury the hatchet? Obviously Nixon hated Kennedy for beating him in the 1960 Presidential election so with Kennedy still being alive has Nixon moved past the bitterness he had to JFK?
I don't think Nixon is psychologically capable of moving passed grudges, especially for imagined slights.
 
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