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Mon., Aug. 11, 2014, 8:31 a.m.

Man Stayed True To Hippie Roots

It was the Summer of Love all over again. At least it seemed like it for a few warm hours Saturday evening on the grassy tableau at Spokane’s Grant Park. Many of the some-200 pilgrims who showed up wore tie-dyed T-shirts, love beads around their necks and sandals on their feet. An old city bus parked nearby had been given a psychedelic makeover that would make Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters smile. Sixties expressions like “flower power” and “far out” adorned the vehicle in electric dripping hues. At the park gazebo, an aging rocker twanged out some spirited boogie-woogie blues riffs on his electric guitar. It was all to celebrate the life and times of one of this city’s true originals, a business-savvy hippie who loved folk music and valued social causes like justice, the environment and education. What a guy, Russ Nobbs/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Were you -- or was a member of your family -- involved in the hippie movement?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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