Fad After All

October, 1972
1972 HFP, Volume 4 Number 10

Chess master Bobby Fischer of the U.S. defeated Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union to win the international chess championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. Max Fleischer, the cartoonist who created Popeye, died. Gunmen entered the Munich Olympics killing two athletes and taking nine others and their coaches hostage; five of the gunmen and a police officer were also killed in a 20-hour standoff. The summer Olympic games resumed the following day. Two new television shows that would become long-running hits and win numerous awards, The Waltons and M*A*S*H, premiered on CBS. And in Anchorage, Alaska, President Nixon met with Japanese emperor Hirohito, the first recorded meeting of an American president with the Japanese monarch.

Our headline "Jesus Movement a Fad After All" and our front page cartoon of a newscaster announcing the "mysterious disappearance of the Jesus People" were intended as a satirical look at what might happen if Christ suddenly returned and took the Jesus freaks home with Him. But with Jesus People in the U.S. gradually assimilating into traditional churches, our front page might have seemed unintentionally ironic.

Our International Jesus People Gathering, originally scheduled for the new L.A. Convention Center, had to be moved downtown to the legendary 4,400-seat Church of the Open Door because registrations had exceeded the LACC's capacity, proving perhaps that the Movement was not quite yet in decline. Unfortunately, in our confusion we ended up printing our announcement of the new venue next to our old ad for the Gathering that still listed the LACC as the venue. And if that wasn't confusing enough, we also printed ads for our New Year's Eve concert listing the venue as both the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Oh, well. As Ferris Bueller once said, "life moves pretty fast", and apparently we were having a little trouble keeping up with the changes.

Since our insightful cartoons by artists Dale Yancy, Warren Heard, Ron Bufton, Rich Horton and others had long been one of the more popular features of the HFP, we were in the process of creating a Christian comic book called "Chance Comix" with both old and new work by the various HFP cartoonists.

As the two photos shown at right illustrate, honest face-to-face communication was always an important aspect of the Jesus Movement, whether it was our editor Duane Pederson sharing a serious moment with evangelist Corrie Ten Boom, or a young Jesus Person sharing Christ with a friend on campus.

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