Summer of Love Turns 40

By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2007 8:58 AM CDT
Summer of Love   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Thousands of young people, dubbed hippies, came to San Franciso beginning in June 1967 to celebrate what became known as the Summer of Love.  And to "turn on, tune in, and drop out."  PBS' American Experience reprises that summer, born of utopian ideals, and ending in housing and food shortages drug problems and sexually transmitted disease.

The show's executive producer Mark Samels concludes, "The Summer of Love was the moment when hippies and all the beliefs they represented took center stage and became a cultural phenomenon."