UK's counter-insurgency work in Indonesia and Thailand: an expose, page 5 Darrell Rice
Memoirs of a Daniel Boone Fried Chicken PR Man, page 8 Jim Stacey
Etchings by Jack Stone, pages 10-11
Gene Mason's story, page 12 Bucky Young
Photographs from Ralph Eugene Meatyard's new book, page 15 J. Edgar's Catechism class, with quiz, page 16
music: Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush, " page 19 Irving Washington
cover: etching by Jack Stone (from the collection of Harold Gage)
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Lexington gynecologist Dr. Phillip Crossen was the recent recipient of various attentions from Fayette County authorities for allowing his farm to be used for a miniature rock festival. Crossen, who was arrested at his home about 6 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, was charged with three counts each of contributing to the delinquency of minors, allowing the drinking of distilled spirits without a license, and operating entertainment without a license.
The charges are clearly without substance, since the same conditions which brought about Crossen's arrest existed in larger scale at the UK-Kansas State football game the same weekend. Since no one tried to arrest Gov. Louie Nunn or any other members of the UK Board of Trustees, it can be assumed that the action is aimed squarely at Lexington's counter-culture.
The festival, which attracted about 2,000 people, was severely maligned by both of Lexington's daily newspapers, the Herald and the Leader, The Herald sent a reporter out to the farm with orders to "take pictures of all the garbage." Undaunted by the fact that no garbage was in evidence, the Herald published an article on Monday which contained numerous inaccuracies about both the festival and Crossen, including a wild tale about an unmarked cop car with a machine gun mounted on the hood being used to disperse the festival.
Doug Stewart, a resident at the Grosvenor Street Zoological Gardens and a planner of the Rock Bottom Music Fair, paid a call on Herald-Leader publisher Fred Wachs the following Monday morning to protest the blatant inaccuracy of the story. Accompanied by two other festival staff members, Stewart announced their presence to Wachs' secretary ~ "We're from the Zoo. Spelled Zee-Double-Q -- and were shown in. Wachs, who admitted that there may have been inaccuracies in the story, defended it on the grounds that something
needed to be done about all these long-hairs running around.
Among Wachs' more lucid complaints were that he couldn't hire anybody under 25 because they "throw food on my walls, break out my windows and break my shades." He also complained that he was worried about his grandchildren, having just -returned from a trip to the orient "where we'er getting the pants beat off us." When Wachs started in for the fourth time about people under 25 throwing food on his walls, the Zoo people left and wandered across the street to the courthouse to talk to Fayette County Judge Bob Stevens.
Stevens was about as helpful as Wachs, saying that he was going to stay neutral in the matter, along with some assorted assertions on the need to main* tain order and avoid chaos. He did generally blame the whole mess on County Attorney E. Lawson King, whom he termed a "redneck."
From there the group proceeded to city police headquarters, where Public Relations Director Jan Fisher assured them that city cops had nothing to do with the bust. According to Fisher and Mod squad mainstay Drew Thornton, the the city oinkers had made recommendations to the county police which were not followed, and that city officers were therefore not responsible for the action. This assertion seems fanciful at best, as Fisher and head nark Frank Fryman were both sworn in as witnesses for the prosecution at Crossen's initial hearing.
Crossen's trial was set for Sept. 30 at the Fayette County courthouse on the six charges of license violation.
Meanwhile, Zoo members and other festival sponsors remain undaunted by the whole thing. According to Stewart, they are now planning a 7-day marathon "Woodstock South Music Fair and Love Fest" for early spring. The promoters, who are now negotiating an option for half of Calumet Farm for the event, have plans for many groups to play, including the Rolling Stones, the Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
and the Ovations. Proceeds from the festival will be used to bring Chairman Mao Tse Tung to UK for a talk in room 245 of the Student Center. Zoo members refuse to comment on the rumor that either Jimi Hendrix or the Big Bop-per will be resurrected for the event.
After this story was set Dr. Crossen was found guilty by Fayette Quarterly Court and fined $800 for allowing "lewdness, assignation, or prostitution" and for not having a license for entertainment.
Fayette County Atty. E Lawson King presented the court with a chart totalling "27 acts of lewdness as it pertains to total nudity, four acts of sexual intercourse and one act of sodomy" at the festival.
Judge Cecil Dunn said Crossen had "reasonable cause to know" about the lewdness, assignation, or prostitution. Judge Dunn also ruled that since Crossen's farm had been used for rock festivals on six days out of the year, it couldn't be exempted from licensing on the grounds that it was "temporary."
Crossen indicated he would pay the fine and not appeal the verdict.
Organizers from the Zoo are planning a rally Thursday, Oct. 8 (the same day Crossen is adjudicated in Juvenile Court) to discuss the Crossen case and possibly take action.
Pot pesticide may be dangerous
By Floyd Norris
WASHINGTON (CPS) - The next load of marijuana from the Midwest may contain a pesticide which a government commission recommended "should be immediately restricted to prevent risk of human exposure" because it is possible the pesticide causes birth defects.
Under a joint effort of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and and Extension Service of the Agricultural Service, fanners throughout the Midwest are being urged by County Agents to spray the pesticide 2,4-D on wild marijuana crops. A major effort is underway in 20 counties in 10 mid western states (including Kentucky), but the program is nationwide
There has been no research on the effects of 2,4-D when smoked, as might be done by a person using marijuana which had previously been sprayed with the pesticide. But there has been research on the effect of 2,4-D when ingested, and that research caused the Commission on Pesticides and their Relationship to Environmental Health (commonly known as the Mrak Commission), which reported to HEW Secretary Robert Finch last December, to recommend that "the use of currently registered pesticides to which humans are exposed and which are found to be teratogenic (cause birth defects) by suitable test procedures in one or more mammalian species should be immediately restricted to prevent risk of human exposure. Such pesticides in current use include. . .the butyll propul, and isooctyl esters of 2,4-D . .."
That recommendation sprang from a study by the Biogenetics Research Lab which found significant relationships between birth defects and ingestion of 3 of 6 esters of 2,4-D by female mice, hamsters, and chicks. The Commission recommended further research on the