Back Then: 1969

by The New York Times
Morrison after being sentenced to jail.Credit...Associated Press
Morrison after being sentenced to jail.Credit...Associated Press

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, last week received a posthumous pardon for his 1970 convictions for profanity and indecent exposure, which followed a raucous 1969 performance in Florida.

Several weeks after the concert, 30,000 people held a rally for decency in entertainment at the Orange Bowl. The Associated Press was there:

“This is not a protest rally," said Julie James, 18, a member of the teenage Rally for Decency. "We’re not against something. We’re for something." Teenage speakers gave three-minute talks on patriotism, sexuality and brotherhood.

The shirt-sleeved crowd basking in a warm sun cheered for Jackie Gleason, Anita Bryant and the Lettermen, popular music singers, who appeared in order to applaud the teenage rally. "I believe this kind of movement will snowball across the United States and perhaps around the world," Mr. Gleason said.


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