Item: Of Love and Haight-Ashbury: Missoulians who were there reflect on San Francisco’s Summer of Love, 40 years later/Jamie Kelly, Missoulian
More Info: San Francisco’s Summer of Love, 40 years old now, changed a lot of things. It brought the hippies out of obscurity and introduced them in a big way to the public. Who could ignore hundreds of thousands of people in one place? The hippies made their mark with fashions and ideas that were viewed by many as subversive, with ideologies that poked two fingers in the eyes of 1950s conformity, with drugs and music - and ultimately a self-absorption that would eventually destroy the movement.
DFO: I graduated from high school in 1967 in the small rural town of Gridley, Calif. I remained isolated for a year while I worked. But I encountered and lived among hippies as a college student from 1968 to 1972. Mebbe that’s where my Flower Child strain comes from.
Question: What were you doing during the Summer of Love 1967?