Marsh, Don

Marsh, Don
Marsh, Don, 1951- , interviewee; Boorman, Sue, interviewer; Boorman, Sue, videographer;
Date Recorded:
9 December 2015
Date digitized:
9 December 2015
Length of interview:
80 minutes, 50 seconds

This interview is part of a series about three football games known as the Hairy Bacon Bowl, which occurred during the early 1970s. 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 a way to address tensions between the two groups. Don Marsh was a student who later lived in a co-op known as Cloud Nine. Many of his friends played in the 1971 Hairy Bacon Bowl game. He was a spectator at the game. He describes not only the Hairy Bacon Bowl game of that year, but also life at Cloud Nine, which included the idealism of the counterculture—which was looking for a more open-minded way to live—combined with the hard-partying youth culture of the time. He comments on the Vietnam War and the protests that were held against it. He reflects on societal changes that sprang from that time and have survived as part of American culture; he also reflects on the possibility of using an activity like the Hairy Bacon Bowl to address current community challenges.


Hippies Colorado Boulder
Police Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado, Boulder Football
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements Colorado Boulder
1970s (decade)
Original Format:
digital mini DV
This is interview is one of a series about a multi-year event that occurred in the first half of the 1970s known as the The Hairy Bacon Bowl.
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