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Old 02-09-2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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Haight-Ashbury: Summer of Love

Just watched an interesting documentary on the above. Got me wondering did any board members remember these times or participate in the Summer of Love? Looks like an interesting time, some of the concepts were good, however it looked like some people embraced it more for the freebies than what it stood for.

So share your Summer of Love stories if you have one.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:15 PM   #2
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I wasn't even 2. But I was less than an hour's drive away from the Haight...
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Was it the summer of 1968? Was it the year Sergeant Pepper´s Heart Club Band was released? What an album! My sophomore year at Law school....
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Was it the summer of 1968?
1967.
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1967.
Well, then I have nothing much to say.
It took some time/years in Spain before we started hearing about The Summer Of Love.... In fact most of my countrymen don´t know what that means, even now.
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I was 3, and my mommy loved me very much.

I did spend most of the 70s listening to Beatles records (frontwards and backwards) and wishing I'd been born 15 yrs earlier.
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Just watched an interesting documentary on the above. Got me wondering did any board members remember these times or participate in the Summer of Love? Looks like an interesting time, some of the concepts were good, however it looked like some people embraced it more for the freebies than what it stood for.

So share your Summer of Love stories if you have one.
Rule of thumb: If you remember the Summer of Love you didn't participate in it.
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I spent a month with my college friend in the Haight in December '67. He was a resident at SF General. It looked awful to me, a lot of very bedraggled and glassy eyed little girls, a lot of predatory older guys, and a lot of very naive idiots. And then there was the "acid look". Yuck!
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It looked awful to me, a lot of very bedraggled and glassy eyed little girls, a lot of predatory older guys, and a lot of very naive idiots.
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I spent a month with my college friend in the Haight in December '67. He was a resident at SF General. It looked awful to me, a lot of very bedraggled and glassy eyed little girls, a lot of predatory older guys, and a lot of very naive idiots. And then there was the "acid look". Yuck!
I lived in Madison, Wisconsin at the time. My roommate's brother returned from that summer with horrible LSD flashbacks. We were fascinated to listen to his stories. He essentially blow his mind and could only get a job in a metal working factory, very dangerous work. He was killed on the job at age 33.
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You can watch a lot of the individual parts of the Monterey Pop film on YouTube (this post prodded me to watch my Janis--heartstoppingly beautiful to me). That to me is like a documentary.
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Rule of thumb: If you remember the Summer of Love you didn't participate in it.
Correct - I did not participate (I received my draft notice in January of that year)...
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I was just 6. My main memories of the time were the evening news footage from Vietnam and the Watts riots in nearby LA. My mom was a social worker and my dad an engineer, they differed a lot in their politics so I got to hear both sides of most issues.
I was a little frightened by it all--it seemed like the country was having a big fight and that things were unstable. A little kid doesn't have much sense of perspective. OTOH, a lot of adults thought things were falling apart, too.
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Rule of thumb: If you remember the Summer of Love you didn't participate in it.
Or you didn't practice hard enough to do it right!

People between the ages of 16-20+ in 1967 would be at least 58 years old by now...

Funny how no one asks for sentimental memories of "The Summer of Disco". I wonder how that documentary would sell.
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16 and in a small town, I didn't even hear about it 'til I got to college in fall of '68.
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Is this the one you mean, DangerMouse?

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Hey CJ, that's the one. I found it interesting because I had heard so much about it as an adult, but being Australian and only 5 years old at the time, it wasn't anything we really heard about at the time.
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I was a little frightened by it all--it seemed like the country was having a big fight and that things were unstable. A little kid doesn't have much sense of perspective.
You indeed understood the period, regardless of your young age at the time ...
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Oh, come on. Everyone knows that all of us were there... and at Woodstock, too.
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I was 14 in 1968 and kept under tight constraints by my conservative older parents(Mom was 40 and Dad was 50 when I was born). I was always kinda preppy to tell the truth, never a flower child.
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