Remembering Remembering Woodstock

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In my last post, I was reflecting on some of the other interviews I produced for ABC News and one in particular has really stuck with me for some time. Some searching on the website tonight finally turned it up.

Woodstock, the most iconic music festival of all time, was over 42 years ago in August of 1969. Two year ago, a few days before the anniversary, my senior producer, Ashley, told me to try and book something about the festival. I already had a segment booked for “Now You Know” that day, but I went ahead and cancelled it and began tracking down someone to talk about their experience. I couldn’t tell you how it happened, but I was lucky enough to get in touch with a publicist for Henry Diltz, the official photographer of the festival. He was having an exhibition of his work in the city and, on very short notice, agreed to come in to talk to us.

My only regret about this segment was the decision to play the David Muir piece to start. Only because Henry Diltz was such a dynamic character and had so many amazing stories from Woodstock that we could have kept going for another ten minutes. His photos, including the famous image of Jimi Hendrix, really blew us all away. It’s a booking and an interview I am really proud of.

Take a look at the interview below and please ignore the very old school News Now graphics!

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One thought on “Remembering Remembering Woodstock

  1. The weekend of Woodstock I drove from Rhode Island to Tawas City, MI so I could spend some time with my first “real” girlfriend. We broke up the following Wednesday after a difficult and stormy four-day “relationship”. Should have turned south on the NY State Thruway when I got to the entrance ramp… better bragging rights.

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