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Subject: Re: Stevens Point, Wisconsin (?) Rock festival 1970

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Date Posted: 15:51:54 01/25/08 Fri
In reply to: Don 's message, "Re: Stevens Point, Wisconsin (?) Rock festival 1970" on 00:37:52 08/15/07 Wed

>>I eventually got it from www.newspaperarchive.com (not
>>free). They charge about 8 or 9 bucks a month for a
>>yearly subscription or $25.00 for one weeks use. I
>>opted for the later, there were other things I wanted
>>to look up. The articles are in PDF format. Based on
>>the kind of typos, it appears they use OCR software to
>>scan them in. Google also has >target=_blank rel=nofollow
however the search
>>result links lead to sites (many of them
>>www.newspaperarchive.com) that require a one time fee
>>or a subscription to view the whole article.
>>I do believe it was Sunday morning when the actual
>>battle occurred. I was not too far from the barn and
>>one could feel a lot of tension was building up. The
>>previous two days one could occasionally hear screams
>>coming from the barn and there were many rumors of
>>brutal rapes and other bad things going on. I
>>remember some people saying we ought to do something
>>and apparently they eventually did. As I said before,
>>I was awoken by what sounded like firecrackers and
>>the sensation of the ground rumbling. When I peered
>>out of my tent there was a stampede of freaks running
>>away from the general direction of the barn. I saw
>>this guy I knew from the streets of Milwaukee’s
>>Eastside (where I grew up). If I remember right, his
>>street name was Gorilla Bob or was it Big Bob, any way
>>I asked him what the hell was going on. He explained
>>there had been an on going confrontation with the
>>bikers and that he had just shot one with a handgun
>>who had been pointing a shotgun at him (this guy was a
>>dealer, a connected kind) . He said the guy dropped
>>and he wasn’t sure if he was dead (he was tripping and
>>very upset). I had no reason to doubt him given the
>>context. There were various rumors I heard later
>>about what had gone on (many of them probably false).
>>Some of them involved revenge on the bikers that
>>involved the trashing and burning of two motorcycles
>>and the execution of their owners in the woods. I
>>never read about any bodies being found in the woods
>>but I’ve always wondered about the validity of those
>>rumors . Back about ten years ago or more, I read
>>some where that a biker had been killed at that rock
>>festival but that was probably the guy who had the
>>fatal motorcycle accident the newspaper article
>>mentions. Anyway that led me to believe that at least
>>some of the rumors I’d herd were true.
>>One other thing about that Sunday morning I’ll never
>>forget is while all this commotion was going on, when
>>I looked towards the stage (quite some distances off)
>>the bands where still playing, people where milling
>>about, there was no sign most of the festival was
>>aware of what was going on.
>>Still, for the most part I remember having a great
>>time. But the whole biker thing was a new up in your
>>face kind of reality that sort of popped the Woodstock
>>ambiance for me. It became apparent that if the
>>counter culture was going to survive it would need to
>>come to grips that in certain situations it would have
>>to defend itself (man does the sound of that bring
>>back memories, the rhetoric and etc.). Oh well it was
>>a fantastic trip while it lasted.
>Yeah, I was there also. A few of us drove up from
>Kenosha to Stevens Point only to find out we had it
>wrong. The festival was some 30(?) miles east from
>there in Iola. By the time we got there people were
>just walking over the make-shift fences that had been
>pushed down. But yes, it was early Sunday morning(6 or
>7 o'clock) when we were awoke by people hollering,
>"Stay down! Stay down"! I think I do remember hearing
>the gun shots. Either way, we stayed put for a bit,
>collected our thoughts, came up with a plan, and got
>the heck out of there. We were hearing of what was
>going on as we were making our way out. Other than
>that,unfortunatly, the whole thing is just a blur now.
>Kickapoo creek was alot more fun a month earlier. At
>least I got layed there. lol

There's a real good Kickapoo Creek Site @yahoogroups.com if yo were there you've got to join

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