The Final 34 Photos : The Highland Coffee Show

Below are 34 Photos from 1969-1970s submitted to Highland Coffees for a photo exhibit  of photos in the late 1960s to the late 1970s. Each has  its own short story beneath it. However you are free to make up your own or give your own impression.

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Born on the 6th of July: Wally
Born on the 6th of July: Wally (and Me) There is a sweet sadness about this photo that would come later. Wally Parker, one of my best friends in my Broadmoor High 1960 years, had just returned from Vietnam and was getting his life back together. He and I were born on the same day: July 6th. We would keep up with each other, meeting over the years at coffee shops to discuss the views of the day. One topic though was off limits: his years as a tank commander (or driver) in Vietnam. He would tell me that some day him might talk but “but not today.” It was not an insult. He was just not ready. In high school we called him the gentle giant and he was about the gentlest soul I knew. He died of throat cancer, probably caused by Agent Orange the year I moved to Colorado. Still miss him.
Thinking it Out
5. The Meditative Moment: Kelly in 1970 Taken in 1970, when he saw this recently, he commented: “Idealist then, idealist now, idealist forever!”
The Woman Upstairs
Girl Upstairs: 1970 When you first start to live on your own there is always the girl or boy next door who disappears never to be seen again but remembered fondly. Why she asked me to take this photo I can’t remember but the light and the film and her look were all perfect then.
Chimes Street: Mark Cherry -1970
Mark Cherry on Chimes street: 1971 Mark was modeling leather, relaxing against his classic (now) VW Bus. Taken on Chimes right in front of what would become Highland Coffees, Mark might be right at home there today. However his VW van would be worth a lot, lot more. Later Mark would craft excellent jewelry and cast gold rings making wedding rings by hand, including mine.
Margot at New Orleans Pop Fest: 1969
Margot at the Festival: 1969 Margot was becoming a good friend then and was going back and forth from her job at a cheese shop to the New Orleans Pop Festival held in Prairieville became the NOLA city fathers were scared of hippies. I think the festival was breaking up that Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.
The Old Ag Barn-1970
The Old Ag Barn: 1970 In the 70s when you drove out the South Gates at LSU, maybe on your way home or to your apartment after a grueling day, there was the pastoral scene of the ag barn with all sorts of animals out in front. Again why I took this photo I do not know. But soon it disappeared as with so many mini landmarks around campus. Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got Till it's gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot Joni Mitchell – Jan. 7, 1970
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Joelle Goblowski and an early admirer:1970 Joel would also become an LSU folk icon playing at coffee houses at the Catholic Center, bars on Chimes street, free concerts at the Greek Theater and numerous impromptu parties.
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Patriotic Protest: Vietnam Moratorium -1969 LSU folk singer Joelle Goblowski plays for a protest on the LSU Parade Grounds in October 1969. In front of the Union those opposed to the war and those who supported it faced off. One organizer then, realizing the ‘other side’ had lined their table with flags gave his change to someone and told them to go to the T.G.&Y (now the complex at State and Highland Road) and buy all the flags they could. We could disagree about politics then but both sides saw the flag as ‘our flag’
Just Engaged- 1970?
Hank and Carol: Engaged 1970 I had just started taking photos when this couple I barely knew ask me to go with them and some friends to the Mississippi levee by White Castle. It was an Engagement Party and every one that I met there would cross my path over and over
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New Orleans Pop Festival: the Guys: 1969 The summer/fall of 1969 around LSU was a big shake up. Just a few weeks after Woodstock, organizers were bring big names to New Orleans, until the city fathers decided they did not want bunch of hippies invading their respectable city. So at the last minute they moved the festival to Prairieville. So we got to see Janis Joplin at Midnight, Country Joe and the Fish, a young Santana, It’s a Beautiful Day and more. I think the city fathers got over a fear of crowds after that al la The New Orleans Jazz and Pop Festival.
Greek Theater: Free Concerts
Waiting for the Music to Start: LSU Greek Theater, 1969 Taken before a free concert there.... kind of a timeless and timely photo if you explore it.
Gary at the Port Allen Shack
Gary at the Shack: 1970 ? Everybody has at least one friend who outlasts time and space. Gary Pettigrew was one of mine. He lived for a while in a shack over on the levee road in Port Allen, a shack that was passed from friend to friend. It was the kind of place everyone congregated to and the kind of place where, years later when you told about friends living there, they would say. “I did too. I knew someone who lived there.” Later the shack was renovated by some guys who knew what they were doing. It would up in Southern Living I think. Gary, a zen leader, holds dharma classes online during the pandemic.
Henry Gray as a Young Man
. Henry Gray: Jazz Pianist –1970s Henry was another Baton Rouge Icon who played almost everywhere into his 90s. I photographed him early in his career before I knew how great he was. This was at a downtown concert at the Old State Capitol.
Emerson Bell
. Emerson Bell: Jazz Flute-1970s Emerson held court in many coffee shops around LSU for years. If I ever started a coffee shop here I would name it Emerson’s in honor of a great man.
Emerson Bell: Artist as a Young Man
Emerson Bell: Old State Capitol middle 1970s Emerson Bell was an icon around all the coffee shops in the LSU area. He was even more famous in Europe and Paris for his art work and his sculptures, unknown to us at the time. Here he carves in the afternoon sun .
The Model and the Poet?
Leathery Woman; Mysterious Man: 1970. Probably this needs some explanation. Modeling leather for a 1970s store called Nodding Stone, Elaine (?) had a look that could not be duplicated. In the background another model (not sure but could be a newly arrived LSU poet Andre Codrescu) was getting ready to try on a leather jacket. The Nodding Stone had a presence on Chimes Street back then.
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Assured in her Sensuality: 1970 Modeling leather wear for The Nodding Stone, Elaine, who really knew who she was or as we would say then had all her s**t together, decided that this leather chocker would be better viewed if she were topless. So sure was she that she non-chalantly removed her top and said, “Now I’m ready. Are you?”
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The Ghetto: Chimes Street 1970. Believe it or not this was THE PLACE to live if you were in the alternative underground in the 1970s. People actually WANTED to live there because to the culture, the cheap, and the coolness. (and some later also wanted to get out of there).
Chimes Street -1970 ?
Chimes Street: 1969/1970? Just go out the door and walk west for a few stores and see if it feels the same on the street. Pretty crowded then. Louie’s grill , a barber shop, Co-op Books, The Daily Planet head shop (the house you are probably standing by) and a few bars (Magoos which was Phil Brady’s first bar) crammed together. It was THE place to stroll back then.
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“...artist as a young man..” Bob Farley:1971 Bob, Mark Cherry and Emerson Bell all started a cop-op for arts right off Park Blvd. in the early 1970s. Bob went on to major in art and did sculpture, 3-dimensional and video art. But of course he became a horticulturalist and ran Earth Works Garden Center off of Burbank south of LSU for years. Now Bob resided in the Pensacola area and at last search, received a horticultural award over there. (Bob was a good baseball player too ...)
One Way??
One Way on Boyd Street: 1970 Now Boyd Street downtown Baton Rouge is Spanish Town Road and I had just done some photos of my sister Stephanie then. Can you guess the little detail that makes this a more interesting photo?
Biker Guy and Gal  on Boyd Street (Spanish Town)
Motorcycle Guy and Gal: 1970-1971 Long story here but this was at 6th and then Boyd, now Spanish Town Road. MG (motorcycle guy as I forgot his name) was back from Vietnam and while friendly a little scary. Had a big knife and a bigger motorcycle, which he watched like a hawk then. One night we heard screams in the street and MG was out like a shot chasing two guys who were trying to beat up a gay man who lived on the street. Quickly the whole street was awake and helped him chase the thugs to the state capitol steps where the police arrested them. He left with his friend later and we never saw him again.
The Three Amigos
Three Amigos: Cheneyville OK. not really around Chimes street, these guys mugged for the camera as I was waylaid in Cheneyville getting my car fixed. But they represent a kind of relationship we all had back then- comrades all. I hope Ms. Serendipity guides someone who knows these three to walk into the exhibit . I would love to give them this.
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The South Baton Rouge Timeless Pick up Game: 1970 Just off campus these guy were in a pick up game when I stopped to practice shooting sports. Of course they all stopped for their best pose. What I liked was their complete spontaneity for a stranger from another world interrupting briefly their game.
Over the Shoulder: Margot
Margot: 1970 around State Street. One of many in the off campus community, Margot was a long time resident of Baton Rouge A long time, horticulturist and artist, She now rents a house to LSU students off campus and grandmothers a granddaughter in the Breaux Bridge area.
Art Matters
Art Matters: the first Fest for Alls-1970s. One of the great ‘new’ events in the late ‘70s was the creation of Fest for All downtown. Here artists, who maybe had insights to later protests wanted us to know art matters then and now, as well as Black Lives too.
Anne and The Flag
Anne and the Flag: 1971 Anne was a leather crafts person and artist who hung out around Chimes street and worked for Notting Stone. At first glance you might think this was taken recently as Anne, her look and the flag on the wall seem timeless. Look closer at the desk and you can feel the date by the objects objects... Try it.
The Sunshine Spasm Band: 1969-71. Three of the four seen here went on to some sort of professional music career. We called ourselves the Sunshine Spasm Band and were one of many combos formed by Doug Pratt, who later would illustrate birds for National Geographic and the acclaimed Birds of Louisiana. Other members were Ray Block (formed combos in Alexandria, La.) , Sam (went to U.C.L.A. on a music scholarship) and Me (Phil Ward) who occasionally plays harmonica now in Colorado but really learned to play at the Phil Brady’s Thursday Jams.
American Gothic
American Gothic :Ray & Joelle and the Flag:1969 Right outside the LSU Union on the parade grounds, both were playing free music for a Vietnam Moratorium rally. Ray served in Vietnam and later became a realtor in Alexandria. But I bet he still plays music. Same with Joelle.
Boy Fishing at City Park Lakes: 1969 In my pre-show judging, I had four or five shots of youngsters fishing at the lakes in 1970. They picked this one but if you want to see the others go to
New Orleans Pop Festival 1969: Two Women
New Orleans Pop: the Women’s View: 1969 (See other caption) I was shooting my first crowd shots at the Prairieville festival site. I have no idea who these women were but I sure liked their notice. No flat bed Ford though, alas, as The Eagles came later.
Three Amigas
Three Amigas: LSU Union 1970. Not their real stage name (which was La Gente del Sol), they played around Baton Rouge and often in the LSU Unions Open Mic Night. The middle one was my sister, now Stephanie Crouch. She went on to use singing in her graduate work at The University of Texas. The others were Diane Martin and Kay (Helen) Hoffpauir.
Susan at the Stare Way: 1970
Susan and the Stare: 1971 I was just starting to date Susan, in the foreground. She had been living with the group behind her in an old home on Apple street doing photography in New Orleans. I told her I thought the guy had a crush on her still. She brushed it off until she saw this photo and then said: “Well...., Maybe.”
Bob and Forest
By the middle '70s we all were bound for families. Bob Dillemuth was one of the first of the gang to become a father.. but not the last. He wound up working at LSU through the 2000s and now teaches about recycling and gardening at Hilltop and other places.
Midnight Ryder
Midnight Ryder: 1970 Sometimes you just know a certain scene will last. I was driving to campus one night and stopped to set up my tripod for this shot. Why?? Who knows but now I frame it around the experiences of thousands of LSU students going back and forth to the Chimes, The Variety Theater and a dozen other places, including classes sometimes. And returning. And going back again.