Can You Dig It?
October 21, 1969
1969 HFP, Volume 1 Number 2
By the second issue, the HFP had a bold new logo, and the bulletin board of places and events was beginning to reflect the rapidly expanding scope of the Movement even if its focus remained initially local.
Content included an interview with then-Senator Mark Hatfield on his 1967 book "Not Quite So Simple", a review of the Peter Fonda/Dennis Hopper movie "Easy Rider", and poetry.
The main feature was a review of the Salt Company, a gathering place and Jesus music venue operated by artist Lance Bowen in the upstairs loft of a converted apartment building in downtown Hollywood. Offering ping pong, pool and conversation during the week in a casual setting described as "a combination of late Victorian and early Salvation Army", the Salt Company transformed itself on weekends into a concert venue showcasing up-and-coming Movement musicians from Larry Norman to Dennis Agajanian.
It was also in this second issue that one of the most important aspects of the HFP, that of an informal, street-level communications switchboard for the growing Movement, began to emerge.
A rumor was confirmed that Clic, a former addict who had been "financing a $150 a day heroin habit" until he found freedom in Jesus, was opening a house called Step One in Pasadena "to assist serious minded heads who really want to kick the habit."
The serious shortage of 'crash pads' was about to be eased as some Movement members were "reconditioning a couple of garages in the Hollywood area."
Arthur Blessit's His Place had found new digs on Sunset Boulevard, and two Movement members named Dave and Ray were starting a Jesus house in Topanga Canyon (see announcement pictured at right.)
The featured poster (below right) was a gigantic One Way hand designed by the Salt Company's Lance Bowen.
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