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


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barb (fun till rapes started)
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Date Posted: 19:16:59 10/13/14 Mon
In reply to: gt bob 's message, "Re: Stevens Point, Wisconsin (?) Rock festival 1970" on 15:51:54 01/25/08 Fri

>>>Bob,
>>>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
>>target=_blank rel=nofollow
>>>target=_blank
>>>href="http://news.google.com/archivesearch,">http://n
>e
>>w
>>>s.google.com/archivesearch,
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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Re: Stevens Point, Wisconsin (?) Rock festival 1970Ramshackle11:08:36 05/08/15 Fri


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