What New Coke Taught Me About My Civic Duty

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I remember the moment I recognized the power of one person. It was the introduction of New Coke in 1985. I was 16, and not able to vote — I hadn’t even given it a second thought. I was learning to drive, flirting with boys, lying to my father, the usual teen experience. Then Coke ditched its formula and our house sat down in the kitchen (where all important family discussions happen) to try the New Coke. My single…