Your 1970 Stories

Rick Collins

I was attending DU during this volatile period. I was a sophmore/junior. My girlfriend, Valerie Johnson (who is the third person from the left) in the photograph seen in the Summer 2011, University of Denver Magazine on page 18 and I spent at least a couple of nights in the make shift hut that we built. If my memory serves me correctly, James Taylor did a concert during the 5 day period. It was electric being a part of this social protest. The Denver police wanted to remove all the...

Linda Hill

My most vivid memory of Woodstock West was the National Guard.  I lived in an apartment just north of campus near the hockey arena, and during the night my roommate and I could hear helicopters overhead.  The next morning I had a final - I walked from our apartment toward the General Classroom Building, and as I crossed the street in front of Fraternity Row, I looked south and saw a large group of soldiers marching right toward me up that street!  Uniforms, helmets, guns - what a shock!  I...

Suzette Pope

I remember walking to my class which was in the old theatre building.  As I crossed the campus, there was a line of Nation Guard, with full uniform and rifles, standing at attention along the sidewalk...their mission was to keep walkways open to allow students to go to their classes.  It was eerie. Their stone faces and utter silence made them seem like statues. As a young woman, I felt privileged to have this long line of escorts. I looked into their faces searching for the most handsome...

David Bell

On the first day of Woodstock West i was hanging out on the field near Evans Ave.  Traffic was heavy and an impatient construction worker in a pickup truck was expressing his displeasure with some of us.  At some point he decided to leave his truck and come take us all on.  When he came up the embankment, most people scattered.  I don't know what came over me, a long haired student, but I approaced him in a calm and friendly way.  It took...
Paul Belden

I was 12 years old in 1970. My father, Don A. Belden, jr., taught in the DU Biology department for 30+ years. Most of his years were spent in two buildings between what is now the Penrose Library and the bridge across Evans. We always referred to them as the "Rat House" and the "Fly House", due to what lived there for experimentation. Neither building had a lavatory, but there were big, less than sanitary sinks.

When I told Dad a few days ago about this project, he asked, "Should I...

Frank Nation

I was not directly involved with Woodstock West but I do have a rather unique perspective on it and I have an interesting back story most of which I cannot tell becasuse of a legal agreement with the University of Denver.  I was an ex-paratrooper who had friends killed in Vietnam but I was opposed the the war. Though not actually an anti-war protestor, I knew most of the hardcore anti-war protestors on the DU campus in the late 1960's several of whom were expelled for a sit-in at the...

Miller Baird

My memories of woodstock west are not very fond. I paid my entire way through DU working 11PM until 7AM five days a week. I suppose because I  paid for my education, not attending class was never an option. Even back then, DU was expensive.

I was on my way to class in the old biz ad building. Three scruffy looking young men came up to me and announced that they were trying to shut the school down and that I couldn't go to class. I proceeded to tell them that I was going to class and...

At the time of Woodstock West, I was a junior at DU in a five year program in chemical engineering and business administration.  The previous December I won my fraternity's pool for the lowest draft number in the lottery, #56.  I was told by the university that once I received my undergraduate degree, my student deferment would expire--no MBA, hello military service...

Prior to and during college, I was fortunate to experience historical events such as meeting and marching with Dr....

Ronald Hensen

I was one of four faculty members "nominated" by the four college deans at the direction of Chancellor Mitchell to be go-betweens with the protestors during the "camp-in" on the lawn in front of the Chapel  Our assignment was to engage them in dialog with the goal of keeping the event from becoming dangerous to them or others.   I was on the engineering faculty that left with the closing of the college of engineering in 1975.   I recently saw a description of the event in a book about the...

margaret hays

I spent alot of time on the "new " campus--it was an excuse for most of us to be a little crazy and be a rebel as many of the DU kids were pretty preppy and from traditional homes. One night a bunch of us sat on the greens(I may be mistaken but there might have been a little smell of marijuana) and my scruffy tough little dog found me and I was told he had been hit by a car on evans,but obviously not too badly as he was having a great time,then my roommate and I and my dog spent the night in...