"Be extremely careful what you say because the government is listening to all of our conversations", I recall Dad telling us. One misspoken word could get us sent to prison or worse. Even as a child I knew that this could not possibly be true. My dad didn't seem like one that would be prone to paranoia, but what he was saying sounded a little crazy.
Being raised in small-town America I had no sense of global politics. The biggest drama in my life was whether Batman would be turned into a human popsicle by the Joker. It was hard for me to comprehend that we could be in any real danger.