Never Give A Inch
Four longhair freaks left San Francisco Civic Center Saturday, heading for New York. On foot. They are not protesting anything. Their purpose is just to find out for themselves whether or not it’s a free country.
They are starting out with $20, a Boy Scout handbook, blankets and rubber ponchos, a great deal of beef jerky, and fine new boots. The boots are courtesy of Hugo’s, a shoe repair shop at 84 Fourth Avenue. “Free means you don’t pay,” say the hikers. They hope to run into generosity like Hugo’s everywhere in the country.
Upon their arrival in New York, they expect to be greeted on the Lower East Side with the hip equivalent of a ticker-tape parade. “We expect everyone to shower us with their old roaches.”
The two men on the hike are both Vietnam veterans. Their motto is: “Never Give A Inch.” — Rex Nordson for San Francisco Express Times (1969)