With only about two months left in office, Gov. Charlie Crist is considering a posthumous pardon for legendary rocker Jim Morrison, who was charged with indecent exposure after a South Florida concert, Florida Today reported.
Morrison, lead singer for The Doors, was charged after allegedly exposing himself during a March 1, 1969, concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium — which is now the Coconut Grove Convention Center. The flamboyant frontman was eventually convicted of indecent exposure and profanity, but never served time before his 1971 death in Paris. –Sun Sentinel
Poetic justice: the politically dead pardoning the allegedly dead. (No genuine aficionado of the Doors entertains the delusion that Jim Morrison’s body actually occupies that tomb.) As for the indecent exposure and profanity conviction, I call Bullshit. Did one single eyewitness come forth to testify with certainty as to whether or not the perp had been circumcised? Besides, back then 4 zillion screaming fainting women would have paid big money for the opportunity of a glimpse. Give the people what they want.
My favorite part of the story is the aftermath, when the city of Miami demonstrated to the world what a square/backwards/uncool/hung-up jerkwater town it was and wanted to stay. Three weeks after the concert and arrest, 30,000 of Miami’s goody-goody boys and girls held a “decent rally” in the Orange Bowl in reaction to the horror to which they had been exposed.
MIAMI March 23 – Some 30,000 hand clapping persons, some waving signs saying “Down With Obscenity,” rallied in the Orange Bowl today to support a teenage crusade for decency in entertainment. Teenagers organized the rally after Jim Morrison, 24 years old, the lead singer of The Doors, a rock group, was charged with indecent exposure during a concert in Miami on March 1.
Mike Levesque, 17, the originator of the rally, a senior at Miami Springs High School, said the idea had grown out of a Roman Catholic youth group discussion two days after the concert by The Doors. “This is not a protest rally,” said Julie James, 18 a member of the teenage Rally For Decency. “We’re not against something. We’re for something.”
Teenage speakers gave three minute talks on God, parents, patriotism, sexuality and brotherhood. “Five virtues ,” selected as the keynote of the rally, were “belief in God and that He loves us; love of our planet and country; love of our family, reverence of one’s sexuality, and equality of all men.”
“Sex is definately [sic] being exploited and it is because society has been losing its reverence for one’s sexuality,” Miss James said.
The shirt sleeved crowd basking in the warm sun cheered for Jackie Gleason, Anita Bryant and the Lettermen, popular music singers who appeared in order to applaud the teenage rally. – John Densmore Forum
Jackie Gleason and Anita Bryant – two stalwart moral paragons of ethics and virtue. Praise the Lard and Hang the Homos. And thank god we have 18 year olds telling us how society is “losing its reverence for sexuality.” The ignorance and hypocrisy had to be thicker than the mosquitoes that day – all they needed was Richard Nixon.
Well! Speak of the devil:
I was extremely interested to learn about the admirable initiative undertaken by you and 30,000 other young people at the Miami Teen-age Rally for Decency held last Sunday.
This very positive approach which focused attention on a number of critical problems confronting society strengthens my belief that the younger generation is our greatest natural resource and therefore of tremendous hope for the future.
I hope that you will express my appreciation to everyone involved and my congratulations on the success of their efforts.
Note: The letter was dated March 25, 1969, and released March 26, 1969. Mike Levesque, 17, senior at Miami Springs High School, was the organizer of the rally.
The 60s were brief but fabulous – dope was cheap, music was great, people were friendly, and there was this Times They Are A-Changin’ vibe you could feel with every fiber. Sex and Love and Rock’n’Roll. Everything was being reinvented and rethought for the New Era of Peace and Love (that never arrived).
But not in Miami, 40 years back. No, not here. They were GOOD people, with clean red necks under buttoned-up collars. How’s that rock today, kids? Sound familiar?
Pardon the Lizard King. Governor. It’s the rest of the state that’s the problem.