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Summer of Love
Looking Back

Sandi Stein left her home in Boston and hitchhiked to San Francisco in June 1967.

Sandi Stein
Sandi Stein, 1967-1968.

I was very young. I was 13 in 1967. I think there were a lot of people who were older who were the constructors of the movement, of the countercultural revolution, whatever we call it. But I was at a very formative age.

When I stepped into those beliefs of peace and love and freedom and these social forms, I wasn't making it up. ... They were my values. I stepped into it. I mean, I was pickled in it from the time I was an adolescent. It was probably the most transformative experience of my life.

To this day I still believe in those things. I believe in a world without war. I believe that we could do better. I believe in higher consciousness. I believe that we are, as human beings, ever so much more than we allow ourselves to be. And, all of those values came out of that early exposure to all those new social forms that were coming into being at that time.

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