Battany, Phillip

Battany, Phillip
Battany, Phillip, 1941- , interviewee; Boorman, Sue, interviewer; Boorman, Sue, videographer;
Date Recorded:
31 December 2015
Date digitized:
December 31, 2015
Length of interview:
99 minutes, 49 seconds

This interview is part of a series that focuses on football games, collectively known as the Hairy Bacon Bowl, that were played during the first half of the 1970s at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The teams were made up of university students—many of whom identified with hippie culture and/or anti-war beliefs—versus campus and City of Boulder police officers. The goal was to ameliorate tensions between the two groups. Phil Battany played in the 1972 Hairy Bacon Bowl game on the police team as a member of the City of Boulder police. He says that, while the games were cordial, the students involved were not the hardcore hippies that were responsible for most of the police/hippie tensions. He talks extensively about policing in that era and about dealing with the small subset of counterculture young people who were entrenched in a drug and sometimes violence-based culture, such as the STP Family. He discusses the difference between the small-town, personal and flexible policing atmosphere that he experienced in pre-1970s Boulder and contrasts that to the stricter, “us versus them” policing that came into play in the 1970s and beyond. He expresses support for anti-Vietnam War sentiments, but not for some of the protest tactics. He delves into racial politics and police and sheriff department politics of the 1970s and 1980s.


Blackbeard, Charlie
Fuller, Timothy M., 1943-
Leach, Brad
Pruitt, Charles
Tedesco, Ted, 1931-
Vendel, Don
Voorhees, David
Crime prevention Colorado Boulder
Hippies Colorado Boulder
Police Colorado Boulder
Police Colorado Boulder County
Police-community relations Colorado Boulder
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado, Boulder Football
1960s (decade)
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 at The Hairy Bacon Bowl.
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