“Our Time” means the years since WWII.
After a brief survey of Albuquerque’s earlier history, Debra Hughes turns the book over to 30 prominent citizens who recall their years growing up as their city came of age. Most of the contributors will be unknown to non-New Mexicans, except novelist Tony Hillerman (see Looking for Joe Leaphorn) and, perhaps, politician Pete Dominici. Hillerman and Hughes are the only professional writers here, but the others, edited and polished by Hughes, offer interesting reminiscences. The book extends Howard Bryan’s Albuquerque Remembered but does not duplicate it. Virtually every contributor in Hughes’ book expresses the need for better racial harmony, although the city’s integration is probably better than in most U.S. cities. The other major concern is for citizens to balance continued growth with the best of small town traditions of pre-war days.