[JPL] Message from a transplanted New Yorker

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I too spent time (3 years) in (Grand Forks) North Dakota -in the late '60s - where folks plugged in their cars and at times walked 5 feet above the ground on snow packed down by people walking on it through the course of the cold weather.  I remember well the event below, though I did not attend.  It was  North Dakota's precursor to Woodstock. 


Larry Dane-Kellogg
WHCJ  Jazz 90
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA

Zip to Zap  Site of only "official" riot in North Dakota history.   When the temperature dropped, the wood from a vacant building was used to start a bonfire in the middle of Main Street.  
>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Zip to Zap riot of May 9-11, 1969 in Zap, North Dakota, was originally intended as a spring break diversion. As a result of an article that originally appeared in the North Dakota State University's The Spectrum newspaper, and was later picked up by the AP, between 2000 and 3000 people descended upon the small town of Zap, located in Mercer County in the west central part of the state, nearly 300 miles (482 km) from the NDSU campus. A few accounts have also referred to the name of the event as the "Zap-in".

The small country town's resources became depleted, the amiable revelry began to turn ugly, and the residents of Zap asked the visitors to leave. Some complied, but others stayed behind. The event became a full-fledged riot. The National Guard was called in and the crowd was dispersed. The Zip to Zap would go down in history as the only official riot in the history of North Dakota that was put down by National Guard.[1]

The Zip to Zap was an idea of Chuck Stroup, a student at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Stroup could not afford to attend the more traditional spring break festivities held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[1] Therefore he came up with the idea of what was to become known as the "Zip to Zap a Grand Festival of Light and Love". Stroup placed an advertisement in the student newspaper at NDSU, The Spectrum. His idea was soon embraced by college students throughout the upper midwest of the United States and states as far away as Texas and Florida,[2] thanks to extensive publicity in various college newspapers and in newspapers throughout the nation over the Associated Press wires.

College campuses throughout the United States in 1969 were described as being in chaos as many students rebelled against authority and protested the actions of the U.S. in the Vietnam War and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The local and national media portrayed this escalation in student protest and resulting violence in a way that may have led some readers and viewers to believe that a cultural, racial and generational "civil war" was taking place.[2] The National Guard had been called to intervene in over 200 civil disorders relating to the war, racial tensions and other controversial subjects by late 1969 (this would include the Zip to Zap).

North Dakota was far away from the centers of the hippie movement on the coasts of the United States, but this did not mean that the local students did not know what was going on with their peers at schools such as UC-Berkeley. The combination of tension between the students and the established powers, and the local and state governments' lack of experience in dealing with large gatherings of angry and drunk protestors lead to the riot that would put Zap, North Dakota across the headlines of the U.S. newspapers and make it the lead story on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.[2] What started out as a lark turned into a riot that resulted in thousands of dollars of damage.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bobby Jackson" <ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net>
To: <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 12:41 PM
Subject: Re: [JPL] Message from a transplanted New Yorker

I've been in Fargo, ND in 70 below.  It is the original Windy City (No apologies for Chicago....... ) !!  Spit freezes before it hits the ground.  It's so cold and dry the snow doesn't stick to itself.  it just blows around like sand.  During "Alberta Clippers"  they close off the highways with gates.  Drivers have been known to smack into snow blown under the underpasses and not be able to get out.  They generally wind up dying not because of the snow but because of asphyxiation from the exhaust fumes emitted by their cars.   It's so cold, they don't have homeless people.  The brutal nature of the weather also creates a more civil, mindful and connected community.  People look out for one another.  I don't like cold weather but I do recognize the merits...  Enjoy your winter Russ.

Bobby Jackson - another transplanted New Yorker to the Midwest (Cleveland-The former home of LeBron "La Diva" James)
ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net

On Jan 16, 2011, at 11:47 AM, Russell Haines wrote:

> 65  above zero:
>  Floridians turn on the heat.
>  People in Wisconsin plant gardens.
>   60  above zero:
>  Californians shiver uncontrollably.
>  People in Wisconsin sunbathe.
>   50  above zero:
>  Italian & English cars won't start.
>  People in Wisconsin drive with the windows down.
>   40  above zero:
>  Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats. People in
> Wiscomsin throw on a flannel shirt.
>   35  above zero:
>  New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
>  People in Wisconsin have the last cookout before it gets cold.
>   20  above Zero
>  People in Miami all die.     Wisconsinites close the windows.
> Zero:
> Californians fly away to Mexico.
>  People in Wisconsin get out their winter coats.
>   10  below zero:
>  Hollywood disintegrates.
>  The Girl Scouts in Wisconsin are selling cookies door to door.
>  20  below zero:
>  Washington DC runs out of hot air.
>  People in Wisconsin let the dogs sleep indoors.
>   30  below zero:
>  Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
>  Wisconsinites get upset because they can't start the Snowmobile.
>   40  below zero:
>  ALL atomic motion stops.
> People in Wisconsin start saying saying..."Cold enough for ya?"
>   50  below zero:
>  Hell freezes over.
>  Winconsin public schools will open 2 hours late.
> I've lived here for 19 years and still dig it.
> cheers,
> Russ
> Russ Haines
> Jazz/World Music Director
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