How California’s influence on Woodstock was larger than anywhere else

The concert was called Woodstock, but it actually took place near Bethel, New York, Aug. 15-19, 1969. It was billed as three days of peace and music.

An estimated crowd of 400,000 began to arrive two days before it started and the performances went across four days. It came at a time of anti-war demonstrations, the moon landing and the Manson Family murders.

It was a muddy, crowded, counterculture event, but could be the most famous concert in history. About 200,000 tickets were sold in advance. Admission was free on Friday.

Here’s a timeline of how it went down:

California connections

Woodstock had many California connections. Here are some of them:

Joan Baez was born in New York but graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1958.
Creedence Clearwater Revival originated in Contra Costa County.
Jefferson Airplane formed in San Francisco.
The Grateful Dead formed in Palo Alto.
Canned Heat formed in L.A.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young formed in L.A.
Sly & the Family Stone formed in San Francisco.
Country Joe and the Fish began in Berkeley.
Sweetwater originated in L.A.
Santana was born in Mexico but eventually moved to San Francisco and in October 1966, started the Santana Blues Band.

Hugh Romney (Wavy Gravy) grew up on the East coast but he was living in a commune in California when he was invited to handle security at Woodstock.

The poster for the festival was designed by artist Arnold Skolnick.

What they made

Some careers were made by performing at Woodstock, being in the 1970 film or on the album. According to Ultimate Guitar, Jimi Hendrix was the highest-paid artist. Hendrix received $18,000, which is about $125,000 in 2019 money.

Here’s a rundown of what the bands made in 1969 dollars:

1. Jimi Hendrix* – $18,0002. Blood, Sweat and Tears – $15,0003. Joan Baez* – $10,0004. Creedence Clearwater Revival* – $10,0005. The Band* – $7,5006. Janis Joplin* – …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Review: ‘Good Boys’ is a funny, raunchy tween comedy

By Jake Coyle | Associated Press

The 12-year-old protagonists of “Good Boys” have mastered the use of lingo like “lit” and “burn,” but they are foggier on just exactly what a tampon is and swear that a nymphomaniac is someone who has sex on land and on sea. They are tantalizingly close to young adulthood and yet tragically far away.

“Good Boys” mines that gulf between childhood and adolescence like few films have before. To be fair, few have even tried quite like this. “Good Boys” is rated R which means, as its marketing has playfully highlighted, that its young stars — Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon — aren’t old enough to see their own movie alone, even though they’re the ones launching F-bombs and unwittingly goofing around with sex toys.

That contradiction is at the heart of “Good Boys,” a teen comedy about tweens. All of the genre’s hallmarks are there, but they’ve been shifted down a grade or two. The party the kids are trying frantically to get to isn’t a kegger but a “kissing party.” Bonds of friendship are tested not by the looming separation of college but the onset of middle school cliques.

And there are slightly different hurdles that stymie their adventures along the way. Whenever the boys encounter the child lock on a medicine bottle, for instance, they’re at a complete loss.
“Good Boys” is a kind of mini-me to “Superbad.” (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who wrote “Superbad” are producers.) It’s the movie version of a kid wearing clothes many sizes too big. And while it doesn’t touch the comic heights of “Superbad,” ”Good Boys” is a raunchy good time and probably one of the most faithful cinematic representations of pre-pubescent boyhood.

Max (Tremblay), Thor (Noon) and Lucas (Williams, hysterical) have been friends since kindergarten. They proudly …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Bridge: Aug. 17, 2019

“Simple Saturday” columns focus on improving basic technique and developing logical thinking.

When a good declarer plans his play at a contract that looks easy, he asks, “What can go wrong?”

You’re declarer at today’s six hearts. It’s best to avoid slams that depend on a finesse. If the finesse fails, you lose a game bonus. But if dummy had A 8 5, 10 8 4, A 5 3, K 10 5 4, slam would be excellent.

West leads the jack and ten of spades. Plan your play. (What can go wrong?)


You will finesse in trumps, but in case East has K-x-x-x, ruff with your queen. Go to the ace of diamonds, let the eight of trumps ride and continue with the ten to pick up East’s trumps.

In real life, South ruffed the second spade with the three, went to dummy and led the ten of trumps and a trump to his queen.

When West discarded, declarer was sunk. He couldn’t lead a club to dummy for a third trump finesse without blocking the clubs. When both minors broke 4-2, he wound up losing a diamond.


You hold: S Q 8 5 H 10 8 4 D A 5 3 C K Q 5 4. Your partner opens one heart, you respond two clubs and he bids two diamonds. In today’s deal, North bid two hearts next. Do you agree?

ANSWER: I do. Supporting partner’s first suit is a bidding principle. An option would be 2NT, but to withhold the heart support would be questionable. In a style where your two-club response would force to game, the proper response would have been 1NT.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable


S Q 8 5

H 10 8 4

D A 5 3

C K Q 5 4


S K J 10 4 3 2

H 2

D 9 8

C 10 8 7 6


S A 9 7

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Word Game: Aug. 17, 2019

TODAY’S WORD — PLIANTLY (PLIANTLY: PLY-ent-lee: With flexibility.)

Average mark 32 words

Time limit 40 minutes

Can you find 44 or more words in PLIANTLY? The list will be published Monday.

YESTERDAY’S WORD — CINQUEFOIL cinque clef clique clone clue coif coil coin cole
cone icon nice noel noil quince quoin uncle uncoil elfin felon file fine floc floe flounce
flue foil foul fuel oleic once ounce leno lice lief lien lieu life line lion loin lone lune

To purchase the Word Game book, visit Order it now for just $5 while supplies last!


1. Words must be of four or more letters.

2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed.

3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible.

4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.

Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at

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