Diggers dispense free food in Haight-Ashbury

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KRON-TV news footage from December 2, 1966 with reporter Frank Johnstone featuring scenes from 1762 Page Street in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, which Johnstone describes as:" A sort of modern day beatnik or hippie salvation army," where members of the Diggers organization distribute "free food" at 4:00pm each day. It was commonly referred to as the Free Store. Includes views of people gathering to eat together in a garage (Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is seen helping to carry in a vat of soup) and an interview with Billy Murcott, who tries to explain where the food they distribute comes from. Murcott also describes an upcoming event tomorrow (referred to as a "grand opening") by stating: "I understand there'll be a few politicians, a few intellectuals, a few hippies, a few acid heads, a few speed heads, a few straight people, a few middle-class people, a few teachers, a few merchants, a few gods, a few devils, a few demons, anthing you want." Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

Thanks to Eric Noble who runs the Digger Archives, who recommended that we inspect this previously unprocessed film reel and also positively identified Billy Murcott being interviewed on-camera. Peter Coyote also confirmed that Murcotti s the man being interviewed by Frank Johnstone. This item was simply titled "Diggers" in the original KRON Shot log.

This film reversal print was remastered in 4K (4096 x 2970) using a Lasergraphics ScanStation film scanner, in September 2022.

16mm color reversal print, with co-magnetic soundtrack
Digital Format
mp4 file
local newsfilm
Copyright Holder
Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
KRON 1613-6

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