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FAKING THE NEWS

FAKING THE NEWS
The Panhandle, Golden Gate Park 1968

I saw this happen several times when the news crews came to the Haight looking for story. The rumor of a 'happening' would bring the reporters out in force. When the story did not materialize, they would stage an event for the 6:00 pm news. The TV crew came prepared with incense, finger cymbals, flowers and flutes. They would pass around the props to the small group they managed to put together for the show. The news media kept perpetuating the myth.
HIPPIETRIPPING FOR THE NEWS

TRIPPING FOR THE 6 O'CLOCK NEWS
The Panhandle, Golden Gate Park 1968

The hippie on the ground freaking out is putting on a show for the news anchor man. The television crew was looking for something to report about Haight-Ashbury's panhandle and the hipppies would sometimes oblige.
Cancelled Because of Rain      Cancelled Because of Rain

CANCELLED BECAUSE OF RAIN
San Francisco 1968

Hundreds of kids gathered in the Haight for a 'Happening' which did not happen. It had rained earlier and the event was cancelled. The kids were pissed-off and took over the whole area. The police showed up, cleared the street and made everyone go back onto the sidewalk.

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