Clay, Aaron R.

Clay, Aaron R.
Clay, Aaron R., 1953-, interviewee; Boorman, Sue, interviewer; Boorman, Sue, videographer;
Date Recorded:
13 August 2015
Date digitized:
13 August 2015
Length of interview:
77 minutes, 55 seconds

This interview is part of a series about three football games that were played during the early 1970s and were known as the Hairy Bacon Bowl. Participants included University of Colorado students who identified with hippie culture and/or anti-war sentiment, versus campus and Boulder police officers. The games were seen as a way to address tensions between the two groups. Aaron Clay was an exception in that he played in the last of the three games (1973) just for the fun of the football game rather than out of an ideological identification with either hippie culture or anti-war sentiment. He was the quarterback for the student team. As an undergraduate, Aron came from a small town in Colorado; he graduated from CU-Boulder in 1975, then returned to Boulder to go to CU Law School, graduating in 1979. From that dual experience, he is able to paint a picture of the turbulent times of the early ‘70s and contrast it with the way things had changed by the late ‘70s—typified by his description of how streaking had replaced political protest on campus.

Corbridge, James N.
Hippies Colorado Boulder
Counterculture Colorado Boulder
Police Colorado Boulder
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado, Boulder
1970s (decade)
Cities and towns Growth Colorado Boulder
Cities planning Colorado Boulder
Original Format:
digital mini DV
This interview is one of a series about a multi-year event known as the Hairy Bacon Bowl, which occurred in the first half of the 1970s.
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