A UW dateline from 1967

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A UW dateline from 1967

Feb. 13-19, 1967: Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin keynotes “Revolution ’67,” the eighth annual WSA Symposium, featuring sex researchers Dr. William Johnson and Mrs. Virginia Johnson; Harvard Prof. and State Department consultant Henry Kissinger; Bishop James Pike; intellectual Sidney Lens, and LSD guru Dr. Timothy Leary, who tells an overflow crowd in the Union Theater to “turn on, tune in, and drop out.” UW President Fred Harvey Harrington later tells the regents that he thinks listening to Leary’s talk would make someone “less inclined to use LSD, but I recognize that there are differences of opinion.”

Feb. 17, 1967: Calling the current statute making marijuana possession a felony “ridiculous” because “the use of marijuana is no more damaging than the consumption of alcohol,” the Daily Cardinal calls for its legalization and the licensure of dealers.

March 2, 1967: With Gov. Warren Knowles and crowd of close to 500 looking on at the 44th Gyro Club banquet in Great Hall of Memorial Union, the Badger basketball team names junior forward Joe Franklin the squad’s most valuable player for leading the Badgers to their first .500 season since 1962.

March 3-7, 1967: Days after its world premiere in New York, the local Students for a Democratic Society and the radical poetry journal Quixote present the satirical play MacBird! at Ag Hall.

March 7, 1967: Connections, the first underground newspaper in the state, begins publication. Edited by two veterans of the southern civil rights movement of the early sixties, Bob Gabriner and Stuart Ewen, Connections is edgy, irreverent, and experimental on all levels, from layout to distribution. It calls itself “an underground newspaper, dedicated to remaining underground, rather than being buried above ground,” and publishes until 1969.

March 28, 1967: Chancellor Robben Fleming accepts the presidency of the University of Michigan, effective Sept. 1. On June 9, the regents ratify President Harrington’s surprise pick to replace him–Sociology Prof. William Sewell, whose administrative experience consisted of chairing the powerful University Committee. “The pot is going to blow up in his face,” the Daily Cardinal columnist Paul Soglin predicts.

April 3, 1967: The faculty approve a new residence hall visitation plan allowing each supervised living unit to decide by a 2/3 vote whether to allow visitors of the opposite sex in their rooms between noon and ten pm on either Saturday or Sunday. Visitations are voided if the living unit serves beer at a social function before or during the visitation period. House offices will be responsible to enforcing requirement that doors “must be left ajar” during visits.

May 12, 1967: Allen Ginsberg and the Fugs entrance and excite a near-capacity crowd of 1,700 in the Stock Pavilion with “Third Coast Sutra,” an evening of profane and profound beat poetry and avant rock. Ginsberg reads Kral Majales (King Of May) and chants the Hare Krisha; the Fugs perform “Slum Goddess of the Lower East Side,” and “Wet Dream Over You.”

May 12, 1967: Ginsberg, the Fugs, and hundreds venture to Picnic Point to dance, sing, eat and love at the most successful Be-In of the season, sponsored by Quixote, the Wisconsin Film Society and Open Arts Group. But Saturday’s mellow vibe doesn’t last–four days later came the bus lane protest/riot.

July 7, 1967: UW Regents designate Dunmovin’, Thomas E. Brittingham‘s estate in the Highlands, as the official home of UW Chancellor. It would become the residence of the president when Chancellor Edwin Young ascends to that position in 1977.

Oct. 26, 1967: Eugene Parks, 17, is named leader of the UW YMCA’s Washington-United Nations Seminar on “Problems in the Urban Community” next spring. Parks, a La Follette High School grad, is a UW junior majoring in economics.

Dec. 6, 1967: UW football safety Mel Walker has his leg amputated just below the knee after gangrene develops from complications of a devastating injury received during the game against Minnesota on November 25. The 21-year-old sophomore, a quarterback in high school, led the Badgers with five interceptions this year, including one he ran back 81 yards for a touchdown. Coach John Coatta said Walker would keep his scholarship through his senior year.

Dec. 30, 1967: Professor Harry Harlow, director of the UW’s Primate Laboratory and the Wisconsin Regional Primate Center, is named one of 12 winners of the 1967 National Medal of Science for his research into the social behavior of monkeys.

Return to 15 web extras about the summer of 1967 here.