Your 1970 Stories

I was a sophomore living off campus but was involved with the protests wearing my arm band with the defiant red fist when I heard the helicoptors chopping overhead. I was aware the kids,some of whom were friends, had rebuilt the peace village after it had been leveled the day before and now Chancellor Mitchell had called in th National Guard. As, my brother who was a student in Berekley during their riots said when i asked him what he was rioting about, " We it's like this - we have many...

I was a sophomore living off campus with my boyfriend a few blocks north of the freeway (though I was officially living in an on-campus apartment). We were both anti-war, but not that involved with the protests, and he was working hard to complete his EE degree that spring. My father was a professor and head of the Chemistry department, and his office looked directly over Woodstock West. I remember his commenting about the odors wafting by his office.

It must have been after the...

Dawn Heil

It is so funny that just the other day I was telling my family about "Woodstock West."  I was reminded about it when I heard the "flight for life" helicopter fly over my daughter's home close to the hospital district in Denver.  Every time I hear a helicopter, I think of when I was a freshman at the University of Denver.  I related the story of the National Guard lined up holding guns after landing some of the helicopters on our campus.  As we walked to class, those young men guarded the...

Court Crosby

I was a member of the DU Student Senate in 1970.  Several of us thought we should be leaders of this happening, but didn't know how.  I was an engineering student and quite naive, at the rally I literally "drank the coolaid."  Later that night in my tent, my sleeping bag attacked me.  It tasted like regular coolaid.

When the police showed up to disband us, we senators donned white arm bands and positioned ourselves between the protesters and police.  We had met with the police and...

Stu Zalud

In October of 1970 I was called to enter the Colorado National Guard. I had put my name on the list as a DU Freshman in 1966. I was a Senior and a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity on Evans Ave across from the Commons. My unit was a Military Police unit in Golden. We were activated to help control the events taking place at DU. Here I was no training, because I was waiting to attend Basic Training starting in late Nov.

When I arrived at the Armory, I was handed an M-1 rifle and six...

Gordon Bendall

Went to Woodstock......then went to DU.

Had a brother in Vietnam at the time.

Saw Jimmi at dawn at Yasgar's Farm and went to DU where Jim Morrison played the arena a year later. The Jefferson Airplane then come to Boulder. Acidic times, trying times, dangerous times. And we must put drugs in context with these times to get it right.

A must see, the movie "Easy Rider."

Woodstock West was a mere protest, plain and simple....

And no one got hurt!

So It...

Gary Dwyer

As a graduate student in sculpture in the school of art I was allowed to attend general faculty meetings. At the time of Woodstock West, a campus-wide faculty meeting was called in some building with a large steeply sloped auditorium. The National Guard was out on the streets and there was a great looming anxiety in the air. The hall was standing room only and the faculty had assumed there would be a major announcement from the chancellor, but no, it was just a faculty meeting and the first...

Al MacIlroy

"Your article on the Woodstock West documentary, in the 2011 Summer Issue of
the DU magazine, brought back many memories of my time as a student at DU. I
had spent five years in the USAF Strategic Air Command as a radar navigator
on a B-52 and returned to...

I graduated from the University of Denver in the spring of 1972.  I arrived at DU from a midwestern city (okay-small town) in the fall of 1968. As I write this story during the summer of 2011 I sit as a president of a midwestern university. I did not start out at DU with any thought that my life's journey or my career path would take me to this position in higher education. I went to DU to study International Relations but I left there with a BA in Psychology and a desire to go on to...

My name is Alfredo Cardenas.  I am not a D.U. alumni, my wife is.

I read the article in the Summer 2011 University of Denver magazine requesting information about the tent city demonstration in DU campus in 1970.  I was in  the Colorado Air National Guard at that time at Buckley ANG Base.  I remember the incident.

Because of the world situation at that time, we guardsmen had recently undergone riot training and crowd control.  The Kent State shootings (by the...