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The Woodstock Festival, 1969
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The Unintentional Censor
Along with Michael Wadleigh's movie cameras, several television stations showed up to document the three-day concert event. One Bethel town member, local historian Bert Feldman, became an unintentional censor for the television cameras during the festival. It was Feldman's job to keep frontal nudity away from the cameras. Feldman stood between the swimming hole on the farm and the cameras reminding people to cover up after skinny-dipping. Since the average temperature during the festival was in the 80s, Feldman had his work cut out for him. He commented about the task, saying, “Lemme tell you, after five minutes, it was work. You never saw a fight in there [to put on their clothes]. You could argue, of course, that it was because everyone was stoned." While this may not have seemed like an important task for a historian, his unintentional job as censor certainly gave him a front seat to a memorable event in the history of the counterculture in the United States.