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December 16, 1969
1969 HFP, Volume 1 Number 6
The last issue of 1969 was also to be the one distributed at Pasadena's famous Tournament of Roses parade on New Year's Day, and the coming new year - 1970 - was both the headline and the general theme of the issue. Duane Pederson had decided to print 100,000 copies of this issue to distribute at the parade.
A surreal cartoon on the front cover (pictured at right) provided a strange commentary on modern American life. A man in a business suit whose head was a television set, and a woman in a miniskirt whose head was a sports car, appeared to be lost and confused on the road to the elusive American dream.
Articles ranged from news of a religious revival in Russia (including a tale of Nikita Kruschev's conversion to Christianity which has since been dismissed as Cold War wishful thinking or Christian "urban legend", but certainly not true) to a discussion of making it through life on one's own terms without Jesus.
The two-page center spread was devoted to reprinting a December 20, 1969 Los Angeles Herald-Examiner article by Eve Martin Lohmann (this was back in the days when Los Angeles still had two prominent daily newspapers) on the December "March for Jesus" down Hollywood Boulevard.
The free speech movement was sweeping the nation's colleges, and the HFP included dates and times for Jesus People to plug into "free speech hours" at local colleges to talk about the Jesus Movement. Free speech schedules were posted for Cal State L.A., Rio Hondo, San Fernando Valley and El Camino colleges.
Lance Bowen's back-page poster (pictured below right) depicted the "World Christian Canning Co.", a bizarre factory cranking out identical copies of a conservatively dressed, short-haired "plastic Christian" designed to please everyone. Two grinning Jesus People have walked in, prompting the factory's elderly proprietor to wonder aloud what "those hippies" are so happy about, and why they won't conform.
The calendar said the Sixties were drawing to a close, but the social change, political turmoil and youth movements (including the Jesus Movement) that marked that turbulent decade would continue far into the Seventies, as would the Hollywood Free Paper.
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