BETHEL, N.Y. (Reuters) – Fifty years in the past, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline have been simply one other younger couple camped out on the Woodstock competition.
However when a photographer snapped their image early on that Sunday morning as they stood hugging one another whereas wrapped in a blanket, they unwittingly grew to become half of popular culture historical past, ending up on the Woodstock competition album cowl.
Nick and Bobbi are nonetheless collectively and nonetheless residing close to the farm at Bethel Woods, in New York’s Catskills mountains, the place the three-day competition was held in 1969, on Aug. 15-18.
The couple, now 70, say they don’t bear in mind the image being taken nor a lot about what was occurring round them that day on a muddy hillside strewn with sleepers huddled in blankets within the morning air.
“Simply getting up within the morning, standing up, giving my girlfriend a hug,” Nick Ercoline recalled. “I don’t even bear in mind the image being taken truthfully.”
Bobbi, who was carrying massive sun shades, mentioned she barely remembered the second in any respect. However when she appears on the image now, “I really feel calmness.”
“I really feel that it’s just like the birds waking up within the morning, and we’re simply form of … sorting it out. We’re simply waking up, in search of a pleasant scorching cup of espresso, which there was none,” she instructed Reuters.
Nick and Bobbi had began relationship about three months earlier than the competition and determined to go on a whim after listening to about it on the radio whereas Nick was tending bar in Middletown, New York, about 35 miles (56 km) from Bethel.
“Water was intermittent, sketchy. Meals was bought out Friday night time. The climate was completely terrible,” Bobbi mentioned. “And 450,000 individuals gathered right here and never one incident of violence. That’s fairly wonderful. The world wants extra Woodstock.”
It wasn’t till listening to the Woodstock triple album with pals that they realized they have been the couple on the duvet.
“We couldn’t consider it. We have been simply shaking our heads. By then we had been collectively for nearly a yr,” Nick mentioned.
Nick and Bobbi married in August 1971 and went on to have two youngsters. Bobbi labored as a faculty nurse and Nick grew to become a union carpenter earlier than retiring.
They’re now volunteer guides on the Bethel Woods museum, a part of the Bethel Woods Heart for the Arts which owns the Woodstock competition website some 100 miles (160 km) from New York Metropolis.
Museum director Wade Lawrence mentioned the picture of the couple, taken by Burk Uzzle, captured the spirit of the competition.
“It symbolizes that love and togetherness of the competition. … We’re actually fortunate that Nick and Bobbi are nonetheless round to share their story with us,” Lawrence mentioned.
Reporting by Daniel Fastenberg; Enhancing by Jill Serjeant and Leslie Adler