Gerhardt, Frederick M., Jr.

Gerhardt, Frederick M., Jr.
Gerhardt, Frederick M., Jr., 1953-, interviewee; Boorman, Sue, interviewer; Boorman, Sue, videographer;
Date Recorded:
27 October, 2015
Date digitized:
27 October, 2015
Length of interview:
56 minutes, 41 seconds

This interview is part of a series about the culture of protest during the 1960s-1970s in Boulder County. The interviews particularly examine football games called the Hairy Bacon Bowl that took place between radicalized students and hippies on the one hand, and police officers on the other hand, as a way to address those tensions. Fred Gerhardt’s father, a Boulder police officer, played in these games. Around that time Fred was in the police cadet program as a high school student and later fought in Vietnam. Since 1978, he has been a member of the Boulder police force. He describes hippie culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s, anti-war protests in Boulder, and anti-police sentiment at the time. He also reflects on local changes in law enforcement practice over the years, which he believes have reduced the previously high number of high-speed pursuits and violent interventions by police, compared to the “community policing” policies that he sees being in effect today.



Police Colorado Boulder
Hippies Colorado Boulder
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado, Boulder Football
1960s (decade)
1970s (decade)
Original Format:
digital video
This is 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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