Shpall, Bill

Shpall, Bill
Shpall, Bill, 1950-, interviewee; Boorman, Sue, interviewer; Boorman, Sue, videorgrapher;
Date Recorded:
October 8,2015
Date digitized:
October 8, 2015
Length of interview:
32 minutes, 59 seconds

Bill Shpall attended CU Boulder as an undergraduate during the early 1970s. As a member of the Program Council board, he became involved with and participated in a series of football games that were held in those years that came to be known as The Hairy Bacon Bowl because they matched up young people who were or looked like hippies (hairy) against police officers (“pigs,” in the parlance of the time; hence “bacon”). He talks about what Boulder and the University of Colorado were like during those years, culturally and politically (including unrest after the Kent State killings, hippie transients in town, ROTC, student/police interactions); reflects on the games themselves, which he describes as being tremendously fun but athletically serious; and tells about the direction his life took after those tumultuous years.

Hippies, Colorado, Boulder.
Police, Colorado, Boulder.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Protest movements, Colorado, Boulder.
University of Colorado, Boulder, Program Council.
University of Colorado, Boulder, Football.
Original Format:
digital video
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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