Neitzel, Fred

Neitzel, Fred
Neitzel, Fred, 1948-, interviewee; Boorman, Sue, interviewer;
Date Recorded:
March 10, 2016
Date digitized:
Length of interview:
92 minutes, 10 seconds

This interview is part of a series about 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, on one team, and campus and City of Boulder police officers on the other team. The goal was to ameliorate tensions between the two groups. Fred Neitzel was a police officer with the Boulder Police Department for more than 20 years, beginning in 1970. He reminisces about playing in the Hairy Bacon Bowl for the police department.

Much of the interview, however, concerns his time as a patrolman and a detective, especially a homicide detective. He discusses the political and cultural unrest of the 1960s-1970s in Boulder from the point of view of a policeman, including dealing with the STP Family, the anti-war riots, and the large population of hippies that took up residence in Boulder then. He also discusses some of the homicide investigations in which he took part, such as the murder of Michael Manning, and some of the emotional stress involved in police work. He comments on instances of police misconduct but also on his perception of a lack of city support and support in general for police, which he believes has grown broader in recent years.

Bridges, Harold (Bubba)
Manning, Michael
Hippies Colorado Boulder
Hispanic Americans Colorado Boulder
Murder Investigations Colorado Boulder
Police Colorado Boulder
Police-community relations Colorado Boulder
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado, Boulder Football
1970s (decade)
Original Format:
digital video
This interview is one of a series about a multi-year event that occurred in the first half of the 1970s known as The Hairy Bacon Bowl.
Local call number:
Copyright restrictions applying to the use or reproduction of oral history interviews are available from the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History/Boulder Public Library.
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,