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40 years after famous photo, Woodstock couple still together

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40 years after famous photo, Woodstock couple still together

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Woodstock cover couple still together
‘We just had to go,’ remembers woman in iconic 1969 photograph
TOM KEYSER
, ALBANY TIMES UNION Published 5:30 am, Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bobbi and Nick Ercoline appear on the soundtrack album that immortalized them at the legendary festival. Photo: Rhino Records
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Image 1 of 2Bobbi and Nick Ercoline appear on the soundtrack album that immortalized them at the legendary festival.
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Bobbi and Nick Ercoline appear on the soundtrack album that immortalized them at the legendary festival.

Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline were girlfriend and boyfriend, 20 years old. Bobbi lived in Pine Bush, N.Y., and worked at a bank. Nick lived in Middletown, N.Y., and worked two jobs while going to college.
They had heard so much on the radio about an approaching festival called Woodstock that “we just had to go,” Bobbi says. They took back roads to Bethel, N.Y., parked their car when they couldn’t drive farther and walked the final two miles.
They stayed only one night. They never saw the stage because they were so far away. But at some point, and they have no idea when, a photographer took their picture hugging, draped in a quilt, on a muddy hillside.
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The photo appeared on the cover of the Woodstock soundtrack. And Bobbi and Nick became part of the legend.
“Woodstock was a sign of the times,” says Bobbi, now Bobbi Ercoline. “So many things were churning around in our world at that time: civil rights, the Vietnam War, women’s rights. It was our generation.

“I know some people say Woodstock changed their life. But I don’t think it contributed to who I am or who Nick is. I think we became the people we would have become anyway.”
An estimated half-million young people like Bobbi and Nick descended upon Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Aug. 15-18, 1969. A documentary film and soundtrack of the music lifted the event into legend.
And the legend — or at least the merchandising of it — continues. For the 40th anniversary, we’re getting more than a dozen books; the Taking Woodstock film by Academy-Award-winning director Ang Lee; the original Woodstock movie, expanded and in high definition; and a six-CD box set featuring, for the first time, music from every performer at the festival.

simply inbelievable-A 70-year-old man in Washington D.C. has spent more than 40 years locked away in a D.C. hospital for the criminally insane. His crime: stealing a necklace worth $20.

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article-0-1AE7EB8200000578-232_634x422Thief, 70, has spent 43 YEARS locked up in psychiatric hospital for stealing a necklace worth $20
Franklin Frye has been locked away in the St Elizabeth’s psychiatric facility since 1971
A motion for his release was filed six years ago but is yet to be heard by a judge
The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is housed at the same facility

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 10:07 EST, 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 EST, 23 January 2014

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A 70-year-old man in Washington D.C. has spent more than 40 years locked away in a D.C. hospital for the criminally insane. His crime: stealing a necklace worth $20.

Franklin H. Frye was sent to the psychiatric wing of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in 1971 after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for stealing the necklace.

Six years ago, a public defender filed a motion asking a federal court to grant Mr. Frye an unconditional release. In the motion, attorneys for Mr. Frye cited his recovery over the last four decades he spent in psychiatric captivity as grounds for his release.

Frye’s case, however, is yet to be heard by a judge.

Psych ward: Franklin Frye has spent more than 40 years in the St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric facility for stealing a $20 necklace
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Psych ward: Franklin Frye has spent more than 40 years in the St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric facility for stealing a $20 necklace

In what the Washington Times – which broke the story about Mr. Frye after reviewing his case and federal court records – describes as ‘a serious judicial breakdown,’ Mr. Frye’s case seems to have slipped through the cracks.

According to the paper, the original judge assigned to Mr. Frye’s case died in 2007 – when the motion for Mr. Frye’s release was first filed.

The case wasn’t transferred to a judge who is still breathing until the last few weeks.

‘Mr. Frye has been waiting over five years to have this motion heard by the court,’ Silvana Naguib, a lawyer now representing him, wrote in a Jan. 8 legal filing.

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‘Mr. Frye was accused of stealing a necklace that was valued at approximately twenty dollars,’ Ms. Naguib continued in the motion. ‘He has been at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital almost continuously since.’

Glacial pace: Frye’s most recent motion for his release was filed six years ago – but is yet to be heard by a judge
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Glacial pace: Frye’s most recent motion for his release was filed six years ago – but is yet to be heard by a judge

Like St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s most famous resident, John Hinckley Jr. – the man who infamously shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 – Mr. Frye has been permitted to spend short amounts of time out of the hospital. Until December, he was part of an outpatient program at Washington Hospital Center. That program ended because of funding problems – and Mr. Frye was sent back to the psychiatric ward.

Frye has filed several motions for his release over the last 40 years, including one two years after he was committed. In that motion, the hospital director recommended that Mr. Frye be unconditionally released. The judge, however, approved a conditional release so Mr. Frye could look for a job.

‘In the early years of Mr. Frye’s hospitalization, Mr. Frye would sometimes get in fights with other patients, often over money, food, clothing and the other hotly desired commodities of institutional life,’ Ms. Naguib wrote in her motion. ‘However, in the last decade, as Mr. Frye has aged, these conflicts have all but vanished. Now, nearly 70, Mr. Frye displays no dangerous behavior of any kind.’

Infamous: John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan, is also held at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
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Infamous: John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan, is also held at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

In his latest motion, Mr. Frye’s attorneys reiterate the claims made in the 2008 motion that was never heard by a judge: ‘Mr. Frye has recovered his sanity and no longer suffers from a mental illness as defined by law.’

Just one day after Naguib filed the most recent motion on Frye’s behalf, his case was transferred to a living judge. It’s unclear when – or if – the judge will rule on the motion for Mr. Frye’s release.

Read more: Man spends four decades in mental hospital after stealing $20 necklace

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