Sunday, July 15, 2007

Summer of Love

It was 1967. That makes the 40th anniversary this summer. I went to San Francisco that summer to a see a woman who now lives in Santa Fe. My trip ended in Golden Gate Park, but I left to catch my plane before the Jefferson Airplane appeared. The New Mexican today ( has a long summary / retrospective of Northern New Mexico's considerable role in the Hippie movement. The story forgets "Be Here Now," the iconic tract from the Lama Foundation of San Cristobal. The first 330,000 copies, plus, of "Be Here Now" were printed in Albuquerque.
The story reveals something that seems entirely surprising—a fair number of the Hippies turned into Realtors and are still in New Mexico. The appeal comes from freedom and independence of the real estate work.

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