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Couple Recreates 50-Year-Old Woodstock Photo Showing Beginning of Their Relationship

Their relationship—now approaching 51 years—led to love, marriage, two sons, and five grandchildren.

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(TMU) — For most of the over 400,000 people who attended the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969, it was an experience they’ll never forget. On August 15, Judy and Jerry Griffin met on their way to Bethel, a dairy farm in the state of New York and the location of the festival. They have been together ever since.

Friends and family have known the amazing story of their meeting, but the couple never had physical proof of their time at Woodstock until just before the 50th anniversary of the festival in 2019.

Judy’s car broke down on her way to the festival and she and her two friends were stuck on New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge, 90 miles from the festival. Fate, it seems, had a different plan when Judy’s friends made the decision to hitch a ride.

I was just thinking, ‘Damn, now we can’t go,’ and we were dying to,”Judy, 72, remembers. “Then Jerry and his friends pulled up. I stuck my head in and I saw that there was a woman in the car. I’d never hitchhiked before, but I figured, ‘Well, since there was a woman, it was fairly safe, and I probably should just get in the car‘.“

Jerry and a group of friends, traveling in two VW Beetles, stopped and offered the group a ride. According to Jerry, he felt his luck had changed for the better. “I thought, ‘Okay, this is definitely unusual. We just picked up this really cute girl. And I’m going to Woodstock and I’ve got a tent and she doesn’t‘,” he said.

Their relationship, now approaching 51 years, led to love, marriage, two sons, and five grandchildren.

The couple never had a picture of them together at the festival until last summer when a PBS documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of the festival was released. Included in Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation was a picture of Judy and Jerry, soaked from the rain and covered with a blanket.

We both had cameras, but neither of us took any pictures,” says Jerry.

A friend sent them a snapshot from the film’s trailer. “For 50 years we’ve been looking for a picture of ourselves, and out of the blue one shows up,” Jerry says. “We’d known each other less than 48 hours when that was taken.

By the time we got out of the car and set up camp, we were into each other, and we basically were together from that point on,” Judy adds.

Judy and Jerry were both native New Yorkers, and they discovered they had a lot in common. For one, they both wanted to move to California and just five months later they drove to Los Angeles in a VW van before Jerry started law school. A couple of years later, they settled in Manhattan Beach where they still live 40 years later.

Although the couple got married in December 1975 that’s not when they celebrate their anniversary.

We always celebrate Aug. 15th—which is also my birthday and the day we met as our anniversary,” Judy says.

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Rare Creature Photographed Alive In The Wild For The First Time Ever

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Advances in the methods used by researchers to watch wildlife have allowed for the photographing of a rare creature whose image had never been captured in the wild before.

Researchers in the West African nation of Togo were able to spot the rare Walter’s duiker, a rare species of petite African antelope, for the first time in the wild thanks to camera traps equipped with motion sensors.

In addition to the Walter’s duiker, the camera traps were also able to discover rare species of aardvarks and a mongoose, reports Gizmodo.

At a time when the extinction of entire species is becoming more common worldwide, such devices should help conservationists not only preserve creatures sought by bushmeat hunters but also spot rare animals whose presence is elusive for human observers. In the past, biologists were forced to rely on the same hunters for information.

“Camera traps are a game changer when it comes to biodiversity survey fieldwork,” said University of Oxford wildlife biologist Neil D’Cruze.

“I’ve spent weeks roughing it in tropical forests seemingly devoid of any large mammal species,” D’Cruze continued. “Yet when you fire up the laptop and stick in the memory card from camera traps that have been sitting there patiently during the entire trip—and see species that were there with you the entire time —it’s like being given a glimpse into a parallel world.”

The Walter’s duiker was discovered in 2010 when specimens of bushmeat were compared to other duiker specimens. The new images of the creature are the first to have been seen.

Rare species like Walter’s duiker are often not listed as “endangered” by groups like the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to a lack of data.

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Formerly Homeless Man Enjoys New Life In First 3D-Printed Home In US

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A formerly homeless man is now enjoying his advanced years in a comfortable, entirely 3D-printed tiny home – the very first of its kind in the entire U.S.

Tim Shea, 70, has struggled for much of his life with substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness.

However, the previously unhoused man is now the first person to live in a 3D-printed tiny home, which is now being touted as a model of engineering and sustainability, reports Green Matters.

The 400-square-foot 3D-printed tiny home was printed by nonprofit New Story and construction technology company ICON in the Austin, Texas, area in March 2018 before Shea moved into the location in September.

In 2019, New Story and ICON have also printed a similar community of tiny homes in Mexico, hoping to make good on the use of the technology as a tool to provide homes to the extremely poor.

According to Shea, his new domicile has made all the difference in the world.

“When I found out I’d be the first person in America to move into a 3D-printed home, I thought it was pretty awesome,” Shea told NY Post. “The very people I used to run away from, I’m running to. If you’ve been on both sides of the fence, you know some people just need a little encouragement and support.”

From start to finish, the process of printing and assembling these homes takes only 48 hours and relies on only 70 to 80 percent of the raw building material that conventional housing requires.

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Company Will Pay $2,400 to Those Willing to Go On a ‘Digital Detox’ for 24 Hours

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The ongoing pandemic has left many of us staring at a screen for far too long, be it a television screen, smartphone, or computer monitor.

However, one company is seeking to find out whether we can make it through a full day without looking at a screen – and volunteers could receive a reward of $2,400 if they accept the challenge.

Reviews.org is hosting a new “24-Hour Digital Detox Challenge” that will allow participants to take the ultimate test of their ability to abstain from staring into the black mirror and report back the results.

“Are you burnt out from doom scrolling on your phone, re-watching old sitcoms, and trying to maintain your sanity during the pandemic?” the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company recently announced. “Have you always wanted to win reality competitions like American Ninja Warrior, but you’ve been too busy trying to beat Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat instead?”

The challenge is open to anyone 18 or older who is eligible to work in the United States, and the participants will be announced on March 29 on the company’s YouTube channel.

Upon being chosen, participants will be able to accept or decline the challenge after two weeks before picking a day that fits into their schedule. They can spend their day however they please, but they must agree to abstain for a full 24 hours from mobile devices, gaming devices, smartwatches, TVs, computers and other wearables as well as smart home devices. The digital display of your alarm clock, microwave, or other home appliances won’t count.

“Detox challengers” will also receive a safe to store their devices in, as well as a $200 gift card to purchase a tech-free survival kit that can consist of writing stationery, books, board games and other decidedly analog devices.

“We have a feeling someone out there needs a break,” the company wrote in its announcement, noting that since the start of the pandemic people have been staring at screens at an unprecedented rate. 

Those interested can fill out a short application for the challenge here, but do it quickly! Applications close on March 26. 

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