Yohannon (yohannon) wrote,

The Intarwebs Get Slightly More Omniscient Yo

So I was playing around with the new Google search options when I saw that "timeline" was finally seeing the light of day. This breaks down the search results along -- well, a timeline. A bar graph shows how much that search topic was reported on, and so on.

For a lark I ego surfed the "real" name, and spotted this fascinating surprise tidbit:

Jul 31, 1967 - "It probably isn't pot," said Patrolman John Halbig. "I don't know if you know how to smoke pot, but you can't smoke it in the open air. It's probably banana anyway." As he was talking, a hippie lit a joint and smoked peacefully, listening to the patrolman. ...
From Police Look On as Hippies Stage a Park Smoke-In - Related web pages
select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res ...

The link is to one of the NY Times onerous "archive" abstracts:

The sweet, heavy smelt that Indicates burning marijuana drifted over Tompkins Square Park on the Lower East Side yesterday evening. The hippies were having a "smoke-in," and seven policemen were standing by, doing nothing about it.

I suppose I could drop 4 bucks (!!) for the rest of the article, but considering the whole thing was 534 words, and between the search result and Google I had already gotten the good bits.

Why This is Funny: Obviously, I was 4 in '67, so it wasn't me playing the clueless cop ("you can't smoke it in the open air"?? Really?? Man, those fools at the Shoreline watching Phish or the Dead have been wasting their pot all this time...). There was one man who happened to be working as an NYPD patrolman in 1967 (and, as far as I know, is STILL working for the NYPD -- at least I know he was as of 2001, when I last cared to know) -- One John Lee Halbig, my "biological father" (when feeling charitable), or "the sperm donor" (a more honest assessment of his overall impact on my life).

It's one of the many reasons I'm seriously considering legally changing my name, especially before I have any more kids. "Yohannon Hadden" has a nice ring to it, and the only listing that pops up in Google is the name I used for Facebook (I couldn't use a one word name... I HATE that). 
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