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Encyclopedia > Wavy Gravy
Wavy Gravy AKA Hugh Nanton Romney

Born May 15, 1936 (1936-05-15) (age 71)
Flag of the United States East Greenbush, New York
Occupation Activist, Comic
Spouse Bonnie Jean Beecher (m. 1965)
Website http://www.wavygravy.net/

Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Romney on May 15, 1936) is a life-long activist for peace and personal empowerment, best known for his hippie appearance, personality, and beliefs. His moniker (which is the name he uses on a day-to-day basis: "It's worked pretty well through my life," he says, "except with telephone operators – I have to say 'Gravy, first initial W." [1]) was given to him by B.B. King at the Texas International Pop Festival while he lay onstage. Hugh lay on stage in the middle of an acid "experience" and told B.B. King that he felt like, "a pool of gravy." So B.B. told him, "That's ok, you lay right there and be wavy gravy," and the name stuck. Romney considered this a mystical event, and permanently assumed Wavy Gravy as his legal name. [2] Wavy Gravy's clown persona grew out of his political activism. Constantly being arrested at demonstrations, he decided he would be less likely to be busted if he dressed as a clown. "Clowns are safe," as he put it. He does however enjoy traditional clown duties such as jokes, magic tricks and entertaining children. He is also the "official clown" of the Grateful Dead. [3] [4] [5] [6] Aka can refer to the following meanings: aka, a. ... Wavy Gravy, American clown This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... East Greenbush, New York can refer to two things: East Greenbush (CDP), New York, a small community in Rensselaer County in New York, USA East Greenbush (town), New York, which also includes the surrounding area This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change. ... See comedian Stand up comedian List of Comedians List of British comedians comics comic book comic strip underground comics alternative comics web comic sprite comics manga graphic novel List of comic characters This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Singer at a modern Hippie movement in Russia Hippie (sometimes spelled hippy) refers to a member of a subgroup of the counterculture that began in the United States during the early 1960s, becoming an established social group by 1965, and expanding to other countries before declining in the mid-1970s. ... A moniker (or monicker) is a pseudonym, or cognomen, which one gives to oneself. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Poster for the Texas International Pop Festival 1969 The Texas International Pop Festival was a music festival held at Lewisville, Texas, on Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1, 1969. ... This article is about the band. ...

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Early life

His parents knew the Nobel Prize winning physicist Albert Einstein, who once held his hand and took him for a walk around the block when he was small. Romney was educated at William Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. His early career was managed by Lenny Bruce, and Romney was also one of Bob Dylan's earliest friends in New York City. “Einstein” redirects here. ... William H. Hall High School is a four-year public high school located in West Hartford, Connecticut. ... Motto: Where City Style meets Village Charm Coordinates: , NECTA Region Incorporated 1854 Government  - Type Council-manager  - Town manager James Francis  - Town council Scott Slifka, Mayor Art Spada, Deputy Mayor Shari Cantor Barbara Carpenter Charles Coursey Maureen K. McClay Mark C. Sinatro Carolyn Thornberry Joseph Verrengia Area  - City 58. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


"My God, they made us the cops"

During the first Woodstock Festival Wavy Gravy and fellow members of the Hog Farm Collective were put in charge of security,[citation needed] which was remarkably low-key: The backstage password was "I forgot," typical of the good-natured whimsy of the era. The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a historic event held at Max Yasgurs 600 acre (2. ... Hog Farm was a hippie commune or collective near Los Angeles in the 1960s. ...


Wavy called his rather unorthodox group the "Please Force," a reference to their non-intrusive tactics at keeping order ("Please don't do that, please do this instead"). When asked by the press — who were the first to inform him that he and the rest of the Hog Farm were handling security — what kind of tools he intended to use to maintain order at the event, his instant response was "Cream pies and seltzer bottles,..." (both being traditional clown props; he may have been referring to the silent film era Keystone Kops in particular), in Wavy's words: "...they all wrote it down and I thought, 'The power of manipulating the media', ah ha!".[7] Wavy Gravy has been the M.C. of, and the only person to appear on the bill of, all three Woodstock Festivals. The soda syphon, also known as the seltzer bottle or seltzer siphon bottle is a device for dispensing soda water. ... The Keystone Kops in a typical pose. ...


Nobody's Business

Just across the road from the Hog Farm, Wavy Gravy has established the store "Nobody's Business," reminiscent of his "Nobody for President" campaign -- as in "who's in Washington right now working to make the world a safer place? Nobody!", "Nobody's Perfect," "Nobody Keeps All Promises," "Nobody Should Have That Much Power," etc. (His late pet pig was also named Nobody).


Seva Foundation

Wavy, along with Ram Dass and Larry Brilliant founded the Seva Foundation in 1978. Seva, based in Berkeley California, is an international development organization dedicated to ending poverty around the world. Wavy, along with the Grateful Dead, and many other artists, have held many benefit concerts to raise money for Seva's programs. Wavy continues to serve on the organization's Board of Directors to this day. Ram Dass teaching, Hawaii Dr. Richard Alpert (born April 5, 1931), also known as Baba Ram Dass, is a contemporary spiritual teacher and noted bisexual. ... Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Brilliant is a medical doctor, epidemiologist, technologist and author. ... The Seva Foundation is a non-profit foundation, founded in December, 1978, and funded by donation, whose goal is to build partnerships to respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions throughout the world. ... This article is about the band. ...


Camp Winnarainbow

Wavy Gravy is also the founder of a circus and performing arts camp called Camp Winnarainbow. It is located in Laytonville, California, near the notorious Hog Farm. The camp emphasizes experiential learning by urging campers to try new skills. The camp also teaches how to be a positive influence to the community. The Hog Farm is an organization considered to be Americas longest running hippie commune. ... Laytonville is a census-designated place located in Mendocino County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Hog Farm is an organization considered to be Americas longest running hippie commune. ...


Quotes

  • "We are all the same person trying to shake hands with our self."
  • "The 90's are the 60's standing on their head."
  • "What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!" (the introduction of granola at Woodstock — an urgent fix for a desperate situation)
  • "We must be in Heaven, man!" (from his Woodstock address)
  • "There's always a little bit of Heaven in a disaster area." (from his Woodstock address)
  • "A lot of the kids who are running Camp Winnarainbow now started as campers when they were seven. They can usually do it on a unicycle while juggling three balls. We curry both hemispheres of the brain. In school, kids learn numbers and letters; we teach timing and balance, which I think is equally important — without competition, except with yourself."
  • "...kids will do anything if they can stay up later than other kids, even sit with a straight back and watch their breath." (about meditation at Winnarainbow)

Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts and honey which is baked until crispy. ... The Hog Farm is an organization considered to be Americas longest running hippie commune. ...

Quotes about Wavy Gravy

  • "This wise clown of compassion is a genuine mahatma of the Cosmic Giggle." - Ram Dass [8]
  • "Wavy Gravy is the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa." - Paul Krassner

Ram Dass teaching, Hawaii Dr. Richard Alpert (born April 5, 1931), also known as Baba Ram Dass, is a contemporary spiritual teacher and noted bisexual. ... Paul Krassner (born April 9, 1932) was editor and frequent contributor to the Freethought magazine The Realist, which, first published in 1958, is a very early example of the countercultural press in the United States. ...

Selected works

Books

  • The Hog Farm and Friends (1974; Links; ISBN 0-8256-3014-2)
  • Something Good for a Change: Random Notes on Peace Thru Living (1992; St Martins; ISBN 0-312-07838-2)

Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...

Audio

  • "Third Stream Humor" early 60s, World Pacific (by Hugh Romney)
  • 80s are the 60s (2002; RX Records)

Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Trivia

  • Ben & Jerry's ice cream had a flavor named "Wavy Gravy" until 2003. It was a vanilla-based ice cream, containing caramel, cashews and brazil nuts. A portion of the price went to help fund scholarships for underprivileged kids to go to Camp Winnarainbow.[9]
  • The cartoon strip, "Smokey Stover" often had a sign hanging on the fire-house wall that read "Scram Gravy Ain't Wavy."
  • Wavy Gravy's first appearance at an event in the Neo-Pagan community was at the WinterStar Symposium in 1998 with Paul Krassner [10]. He appeared there again in 2000 with Phyllis Curott, where he joined Rev. Ivan Stang in a joint ritual of the Church of the SubGenius and his Church of the Cosmic Giggle.
  • At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 60s psychedelic tribute "I Want To Take You Higher" [11], Wavy Gravy's sleeping bag and tie-dyed false teeth were displayed. He and Paul Krassner appeared there on the last day of the exhibit on February 28th, 1998.
  • In the Simpsons episode Burns' Heir, Mr. Burns disguises himself as Wavy Gravy to infiltrate and destroy a Greenpeace ship that was attempting to stop the dumping of nuclear waste.
  • The British adult comic Viz features a character called Ravy Davey Gravy, a fan of House and Dance music.

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See also

“Clowning” redirects here. ... This article is about the band. ... The Hog Farm is an organization considered to be Americas longest running hippie commune. ... The Seva Foundation is a non-profit foundation, founded in December, 1978, and funded by donation, whose goal is to build partnerships to respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions throughout the world. ...

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