Sherman man recalls Woodstock experience

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- The year is 1969.

Nixon is President.

The United States lands the first man on the moon, while in the throes of the Vietnam War.

Then on August 15, Woodstock.

"It's cool, as I said back then, groovy."

The music festival advertised as three days of of peace and music at a dairy farm in Bethel, New York and 14-year-old Ron Engelke was there.

You're not thinking you're a part of history but now you're a part of history," said Engelke.

50 years later, still a definitive snapshot of American culture.

The Engelke family captured video of the event on an 8 mm wind up camera.

"And when Janis Joplin walked on the stage, everybody just went wild. Rick Jones played the Star Spangled Banner and I was only about two rows from the stage," said Engelke.

It was a time to celebrate American success and for perhaps the counterculture of a generation to have its day.

"It gives you goosebumps like I have now. Because it gets you going back and your childhood and what you went through," said Engelke.

But the times they are a changing.

"You didn't have no fighting and especially no people being shot with guns up there because there wasn't any, which is going on today. So if people would take part of that Woodstock experience, we hopefully wouldn't have them anymore," said Engelke.

Engelke says the world today, America today, needs Woodstock.

"And have a lot of love, peace for our country."