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Sunday, September 02, 2007  

Summer of Love 40th Anniversary
Dickie Peterson Closes the Show???

So, I didn't go. I just watched it on the internet.

I am actually glad now that I didn't go down to San Francisco this weekend for the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love free concert. After watching Dickie Peterson close the show like that on the internet, I am again reminded of the true evolution between then and now. I must state that his closing performance was the most important act of the show to me personally.

I hope you all don't believe for a moment that his performance was lost on anyone who is truly in the know- " I feel like we're all one big Family" says Dickie, resplendant in his black and white shirt and biker shades, obviously spun. Once again, an opportunity seized to grafitti the family crest on the end credits.

But, all in all, one of the best shows I have ever seen. I could not have dreamt a more impressive lineup could have actually been assembled at this time. The sound was fantastic, everything I would have hoped to hear. And right there in my home, complements of questionable past associates, who most obviously still hold sway from the their bowered courts. Thanks for a great production, as usual.

The Dickie part was a stroke of genius. I hold it humorous that out of all of the thousands at the show, and all of the masses on the internet besides, I alone may have been one of the few who actually got the full punch line. Did you do that on purpose, just for me, the way you used to?

I loved all of the mentions of the roots of it all being in the Comstock at the Red Dog Saloon. As I look out my front window and up the Geiger grade towards Virginia City this evening, I am pleased to be here in the Truckee Meadows instead of on some freeway in California heading against the sunset, trying to make it home before midnight.

I really don't think I wanted to be one of those masses anyway, did I , ever?

So, I must really, sincerely, thank you for allowing me to witness the show from the comfort of my home. And obviously, from the signature on the closing credits, we must give propers where propers are due. So while I have your attention there is just one thing I gotta say: Dickie, you are still ugly as sin, God Luv Ya, and I hope the rest of the family is still looking as ugly as you.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007  

San Francisco Mayor Proclaims Sept. 2, 2007 Summer Of Love 40th Anniversary Day

Thousands Expected in Golden Gate Park For Gathering of the Tribes
100's of Musicians to Perform at Free Summer of Love Anniversary Concert

San Francisco, CA July 1. 2007 - San Francisco Mayor,Gavin Newsom has issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, September 2, 2007, Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Day in San Francisco. On that day, the 40th Anniversary Summer of Love Free Concert will take place in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadows between 10 AM and 6 PM. Mayor Newsom acknowledged the 60*s movement in his proclamation which begins:"Whereas, The Summer of Love in San Francisco is internationally recognized as the birthplace of the 60's revolution that ignited a spiritual awaking that swept the world..." The full proclamation including concert information can be found

CONFIRMED ACTS INCLUDE: CONFIRMED ACTS INCLUDE: Michael McClure with Ray Manzarek (from the Doors), Country Joe McDonald & Barry "The Fish" Melton (Country Joe and the Fish), Taj Mahal, Jessie Collin Young and Banana "A Young Bloods Reunion", New Riders of the Purple Sage, Canned Heat, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, The Charlatans, Blue Cheer, Marty Balin (Jefferson Starship), Nick Gravenites Band with David Laflamme, The All Night Flight featuring David Denny (from Steve Miller) and Jack King (from Cold Blood), Jerry Miller (from Rhythm Dukes), Fuzzy John Oxendine (Sons of Champlin), Tyran Porter (from Doobie Brothers), Dale Ockerman (from Doobie Brothers) & Tony Lindsay (Santana), Brian Auger's The Eternity, Freddie Roulette, Wavy Gravy, San Francisco's First Family of Rock (TBA), ruth weiss (Beat Poet), Chris Rowen (Rowen Brothers), Alameda All Stars (from Gregg Allman), Merl Saunders (supporting the effort), Terry Haggerty (from the Sons of Champlin), Essra Mohawk (from the Mothers of Invention) & (from Country Joe and the Fish), Squid B. Vicious, Jim Post (Friend and Lover, Siegel Schwall Blues Band), David Gans, Lenore Kandel (Beat Poet), Paul "Lobster" Wells (MC) , Dr Hip (MC), Doug Green (MC) Chief Sunne Reyna, Fishbone, Iroquois Tribe, Dakota Tribe, Seminole Tribe, Emitt Powell and the Gospel Elites. Additional acts are still confirming. For more information and a complete listing of entertainment, please

What began 40 years ago in San Francisco will be celebrated world wide this summer. Other events across the nation and around the world are also honoring the "Summer of Love 40th Anniversary," including; Canada, England, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and in Monterey and San Diego, California. All these events recognize and support the principals of the 60's generation and the birth of the counter-culture.

A web cast of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 40th Anniversary Concert will be streamed throughout the day on the Apple QuickTime website.

Pop artist icon Peter Max said, "I am so happy to see that a concert is being held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. It's important there is a historical legacy to the message that this time period represents. We need to always celebrate the universal values of compassion, peace and love." ###

For more information, please

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Announced Today

World's Long Anticipated40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love,San Francisco, Sept. 2, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May. 23, 2007 - The Summer of Love 40th will be heldSunday, September 2nd at Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, from 10amto 6pm. ADMISSION IS FREE. Musicians from across the country will be joining San Francisco atground zero, where it all began, celebrating ""Summer of Love 40th"Anniversary".CONFIRMED ACTS INCLUDE: Ray Manzarek (the Doors), Country Joe McDonald(Country Joe and the Fish), Canned Heat, Michael McClure (Beat poet),ruth weiss(Beat Poet), New Riders of the Purple Sage, Nick GravenitesBand with David Laflamme, Alameda All Stars (Gregg Allman), MerlSaunders (supporting the effort), Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin), DanHicks, The Charlatans, Essra Mohawk (Mothers of Invention), Barry "TheFish" Melton (Country Joe and the Fish), Squid B. Vicious, Jim Post(Friend and Lover, Siegel Schwall Blues Band), Paul "Lobster" Wells(DJ) , Chief Sunny Ray, Fishbone, Iroquois Tribe, Dakota Tribe, SeminoleTribe, Emitt Powell and the Gospel Elites. Additional acts are stillconfirming. For more information and a complete listing ofentertainment, please see:

Representatives from hundreds of groups are joining the event insupport of the principles of peace, love, and understanding. Theseinclude:- The American Indigenous Peoples- The Seminole Tribe- The Iroquois Tribe- Indigenous People of South America- Speakers from the peace movement- Speakers from the Free speech movement- Speakers from the Anti-war movement- Poets from the beat generationEvents across the nation and around the world are honoring the"Summer of Love 40th" in support of San Francisco'scounter-culture. San Diego, Monterey, Vancouver Canada, England, France,Germany & the Czech Republic are all supporting the principals of the60's generation, and the birth of the counter-culture.A webcast of the event will be streamed throughout the day at the AppleQuicktimeTM website. For more information

Pop artist icon, Peter Max said, "I am so happy to see a concert isbeing held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 40thanniversary of the Summer of Love. It's important there is a historicallegacy to the message this time period represents. We need to alwayscelebrate the universal values of compassion, peace and love."PRODUCER: Boots Hughston (415) 861-1520,Media please note\summeroflove40th, amazing vintageposters and art., Info:,



There are moments in time when a word or thought has such power thatit changes history; a generation so involved in the moment that itbecomes unstoppable; and a spiritual awaking so profound that its veryconception shatters perceptions, halts the world and makes people fromall nations take notice.It started with a simple four letter word - LOVE! In the 1960's thisword became synonymous with a generation and a city called SanFrancisco. It was a concept, a belief deep in the hearts of all who werethere (and those who wished they were). It began with the writers andartists such as Ken Kesey, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LawrenceFerlinghetti and the "Beat Generation". The epicenter of this movement was in certain neighborhoods of SanFrancisco such as North Beach and Haight Ashbury and in cities like PaloAlto, Berkeley, Los Angeles and New York. These pockets of anti-social,anti-establishment individuals questioned authority and theirsurroundings while searching for the real meanings of life and thedeeper truths. These small communities of like-minded individuals and"families" of communal creativity focused on poetry, art, folkmusic, jazz, and rock'n roll, demanding to be free of societalrestrictions, restraints and hang up's. And then one summer it happened! "We Were Everywhere". Thepureness of thought exploded exponentially and there were now millionsof us. This event, this historical moment which included most of 1967,became known as the "SUMMER OF LOVE".During this period the Peace Movement was born with the "HumanBe-Ins" in San Francisco and the "Love-Ins" in New York. Anti-wardemonstrations occurred everywhere and college campuses erupted withthousands of people refusing the draft. The American Indians tookAlcatraz and fought for their rights at Wounded Knee. This startled thegovernment; presidents were impeached, wars were stopped, an entiregeneration stood up and said "Hell No". Social change was occurring and continued on multiple levels. Out ofthis orderly chaos came the "movements": The Free Speech Movement,Free Love Movement, the Farm Workers Movement, the Women's Movement,the Gay Movement, the Environmental Movement, the Ecology Movement, theAnimal Rights Movement, the Sexual Revolution, the Spiritual Movement,the Student Movements, the Black Movement and the Anti-War Movement. The message was clear and the world was uniting behind one principleand one thought - LOVE! and its affirmation of PEACE, COMPASSION, andUNDERSTANDING. The word was brought fourth by musicians such as Donovan,Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane and thencarried on by many of the English musicians like Eric Clapton, theBeatles, and the Rolling Stones. Because of this free thinking environment a renaissance of giftedgenius' occurred with the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, JimHendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Concepts and inventions werecoming a mile a minute touching every segment of society and even theengineering world participated by inventing the computer, the calculatorand the transistor. The internet, too had it's inceptions in the 1960's as a whole newcreative sector of the economy developed within, took hold and becameSilicon Valley (later home to Apple Computers). The internationalcommunity was also in awe of this explosion of creativity as Olympicathletes showed their solidarity by uniting with the winds of change.All this started with a simple word, a simple thought - LOVE! and ageneration willing to stand up and be counted and their willingness tobe different.This period of change is commemorated by celebrating the "SUMMER OFLOVE"It stands for:Truth and individual freedom. Freedom of expression.Freedom for an individual to make a choice - sexually, spiritually andsocially.Our rights to be different and still belong. Honor in refusing to fightyet honoring those who do.Creativity, love and respect for all things. Our right to make adifference.Our right to think independently. Our willingness to share with others.

In 2007 the 40th Anniversary of the SUMMER OF LOVE will be celebratedwith a FREE concert in Golden Gate Park, Speedway Meadows, SanFrancisco, on September 2nd from 10 am to 6pm. All are welcome. For information 415-861-1520,

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007  

Lida Hensley has Passed Away

I am very sad to report that Lida Hensley, the president of the Universal Life Church, passed away on 12/31/2006.

The Reverend Kirby James Hensley (23 July 1911-March 19, 1999) was the president and founder of the Universal Life Church.

Hensley was born as second in a family of seven children on July 23, 1911 in the mountains of western North Carolina. For over 65 years he studied and preached religion throughout the United States. He was illiterate, but still found ways to learn about things that interested him, namely religion.

Hensley was ordained in the Baptist Church, but after preaching for several years he left that denomination and attended the Pentecostal Churches in the area. Through this church he married his first wife Nora and they had two daughters. He pastored in Oklahoma and California.

Hensley soon divorced Nora and moved to North Carolina, where he met his second wife Lida. During their forty-six-year marriage they had one daughter and two sons.

It was shortly after returning to California with his family that he started to work with the idea of forming a church for all people. The one overruling principle guiding the ULC was to have respect for all faiths.

He created the Universal Life Church in 1959 and felt that everyone's beliefs should be respected and welcomed. He fought for his convictions in the courts, eventually getting ULC established as its own denomination.

Rev. Hensley ran for President of the United States as a third party candidate under the third Universal Party in 1964 and 1968.

Hensley remained as President of the church, and regularly preached his beliefs across the country until his death on March 19, 1999. After his death, Lida Hensley served as the President of the headquarters, with Andre Hensley, his son, as the headquarters manager, until her late passing.

A memorial service will be held for her at the Modesto headquarters of the church on 1/14/2006 at 10am. Everyone is welcome.

Please keep her, and her family, in your prayers.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006  


Vladimir Ivanovich Palaniuk

18 FEB 1919 to 10 NOV 2006.

Born in Pennsylvania , of Ukrainian descent and son of a coal miner, Palaniuk worked in the coal mines until the 1930's when he started a career as a professional boxer. Using the professional name Jack Brazzo, Vladimir Palaniuk won 15 consecutive matches -- 12 by knockout -- until losing his 16th by decision.

World War 2 came knocking about that time; Vladimir joined the Army Air Corp and began training as a B-24 pilot. During training, an engine failed on his bird, and he suffered severe facial injuries and burns either during the bail-out process or when the bomber crashed -- I've heard both stories.

He required extensive plastic surgery -- resulting in a distinctive gaunt look -- and was discharged from the US military in 1944.

Not one to mope, Vladimir graduated from Stanford University in 1947 with a B.A. in Drama and pretty much instantly wound up on Broadway.

Three years after his Broadway debut, Vladimir Palaniuk was discovered by Hollywood .

Not content with a commanding screen presence, Palaniuk painted and sold landscape art, wrote and published poetry, spoke Ukrainian, Russian, Italian, Spanish, French and English.

Most folks knew him as Jack Palance.

Rest in peace, sir.

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