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Old 08-15-2017, 10:38 AM
 
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I was at Woodstock even though I was only 10 years old.

My family and I were returning from a summer vacation trip to the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, NY. I was asleep in the back of our station wagon as were driving along the 4-lane Quickway superhighway. All of a sudden the traffic came to a dead stop. I woke up to look around and saw all these hippies streaming across the road on their way to or from the festival. So I was there. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 08-15-2017, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Did any of you get to go to Woodstock?

Hard to believe it was 48 years ago.

I had a buddy who was going and I had a ride waiting but I had to work. So I missed it.

Back then, we worked all summer long to pay for the next year of college.

Look at how beautiful Grace Slick was in 1969


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl89g2SwMh4
Working all summer to save to pay for college next year, my freshman year of college. No, it didn't and doesn't make me mad at all, it is the honorable way to live your own life.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:12 PM
 
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I didn't go, and I remember being jealous of people who did.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:55 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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I had just stepped of the plane to begin my 18 month tour of duty on Okinawa. I felt like I was soup stock with the monster heat and humidity I felt.
That brings back memories of a buddy that I kept in touch with after boot camp in the USCG. He went to Electronics Technician school and volunteered for the 14th Coast Guard District (Pacific area). He had visions of maybe land duty in Hawaii or at worst a cutter out of there. Got stuck on French Frigate Shoals LORAN station for a year. Island was something like 3000 ft long and 400 ft wide with one plane a week coming in with supplies. The joke around the Coast Guard us to be that you better be careful, if you really screwed up your next stop might be French Frigate Shoals.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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I was 19 and newly married. My hippie/druggie friends mentioned it...I don't remember it being well-publicized, I just thought it was a concert/festival in NY (as in the city). Didn't realize it was in upstate/rural NY. Anyway, my friends left on Friday to go up from Philly, and the husband and I were going to go up on Sat., until we heard on the radio it was a sea of mud. As much of a wannabe hippie as I was, I still knew I'd be miserable without all the modern conveniences, so that was that. I wonder what it would have been like if we had gone. We would have never been able to find our friends, plus we would've probably never gotten near the place. But damn, I wish I had been there!!! One of our friends made it into the movie -- he is on a motorcycle sitting in the line of traffic and the cameraman bumps into his helmet. If looks could kill. But I'm sure he was happy later to be a part of history.

One of my favorite scenes from the movie is when Canned Heat is performing. Their lead singer was a big teddy bear of a guy. He's singing and a young guy crashes the stage. Security comes running up from behind, but the singer waves them off, puts his arm around the kid and even lets him bum a cigarette. It was just a happy atmosphere.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:40 AM
 
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I was in Korea. I didn't know anything about Woodstock till I saw the movie. Seems like I should have been there. If I think about enough maybe I can create a false memory.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Working all summer to save to pay for college next year, my freshman year of college. No, it didn't and doesn't make me mad at all, it is the honorable way to live your own life.
After living for 67 years so far, I've learned to value experiences over things.

If I knew then what I know now, I definitely would have gone. I should have chosen to forego that two extra weeks of work and income for the experience.

As I look back on life, I remember the experiences and friendships but I don't really care much about all the stuff.
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Old 08-16-2017, 06:44 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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I was a high school junior. I had my eye on Grace Slick, but I'm pretty sure she didn't have her eye on me.
Recall Michelle Phillips of the Mamma & Pappa's? She broke my heart and never even knew it.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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PBS TV had a hour long program about the Mamma's & Pappa's recently where Michelle Phillips was the main person telling all about them She is still very pretty but a far left wing as you can get.
I was 25 and in the LA area. Not sure if I even knew about it but the draw for me would be sexy loose women
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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Jeeze, I was just back from my honeymoon! My now-husband was off doing his hippy thing traveling around, but was on his way back home and intent on getting back to go back to work (he's too workaholic to be a true hippy!). He wasn't far away and didn't know anything about it but people along the way told him to keep going and he'd be at the festival. He went home instead. Knowing his mindset, I'm glad he didn't go, who knows what kind of trouble he'd have gotten himself into!
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