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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This is one of the more rare Kent State Shooting buttons from the YIPPIEs for the memorial fund raising.

    *MAY 3-4 * YIPPIE! * 2 1/8 diameter NG Slater Corp NYC credit on curl.
    I have seen two different dates for this button 1971 & 1978 Anyone know when it was made? Most places it's called a 1971 button.

    Shows the image from the Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph, by photojournalism student John Filo of a Junior High School student Mary Ann Vecchio a 14-year-old runaway from Opa-locka, Florida screaming in anguish and kneeling over the body of a 20-year-old fallen student Jeffrey Miller during the immediate aftermath of the Kent State shooting.
    Jeffrey Miller, standing 270 feet from the Guardsmen, had just thrown a tear gas canister back at the Guard when he was shot in the mouth and killed. John Filo, a senior photojournalism major at Kent State, was like many other students in the assumption that the Guardsmen were firing blanks, so he had not run for cover. When Jeffrey Miller was shot in front of him, Filo began photographing the scene taking this image of Vecchio kneeling over Miller.
    Vecchio had joined the protest while visiting the campus, where she had befriended two of the other students who were hit by gunfire that day: Sandra Scheuer, who was killed, and Alan Canfora, who was wounded, After the shootings, she bartered her story to a local reporter in exchange for a bus ticket to California. She was found by police before she boarded the bus, and sent back to her family, who reportedly later sued T-shirt companies for 40% of the profits of sales featuring Filo's photograph. Following Filo's publication of the photograph through the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review satellite paper Valley Daily News and its subsequent pickup internationally, Florida governor Claude Kirk labelled Vecchio a dissident communist which turned both her school and people across America against her. At 14, Vecchio was receiving thousands of envelopes filled with hate mail, some saying she was responsible for the four deaths at Kent State. “It really destroyed my life,” Vecchio admitted years later. She was arrested various times afterward for petty crimes, marijuana possession, and prostitution, but according to Vecchio, “the police have been unnecessarily harassing me.”

    It wasn’t until 1995 that Vecchio started to feel comfortable with the photograph and her “fame.” It was at a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Kent State shootings that Vecchio first met John Filo, and she said the meeting “really made me feel whole again.” “I’m glad she doesn’t hate me,” Filo confessed. Though Vecchio had avoided school for several years after the shooting because of the harassment, she did return to get her high school diploma and became a manager at a casino.
    Most the above info is from Penn State University and Wikipedia

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    1. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Though there were several songs written about the Kent State shooting, the most popular one is “Ohio” by CSNY. If you haven’t heard it, or if you just want to listen to it because it’s a great song, here’s a lyric video. It also has some interesting video clips from the event. I didn’t make it, so don’t judge me for the grammatical errors.
    2. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Ah "for what it's worth" I agree 2 great songs, Sadly many of the old resistance/protest buttons fit way too well today I guess not enough learned from our past so rinse and repeat it is ;{
      Thanks for the comment and Love(s) Thomas,
      racer4four, FA, & Oroyoroyoroy much appreciated
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
      I have only seen them as 71 but perhaps there was a rerun of them in 78 for fund raising. In 70 when it happened I was on riot control for a black panther trial in New Haven, CT. We were directed to Westover Air Force Base for transport to Kent State. Fortunately we were diverted before we got there. Riot duty wasn't fun but you took a closer look at events than most people and followed it to an extent as time goes on. I would agree that we don't seem to learn from the past.
    4. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Thanks fhrjr2, For the comment, Info and Service, Yeah a much closer look eh, It is sad we go through the same "stuff" every 30 years or so if not more often then that, Most places I've seen this one it was listed as a 1971 but one had it 1978 so I didn't want to say that for sure it's 71.
      Thank you! much appreciated as is the Love there roddyq
    5. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Thank you for the Love(s) BB2, SpiritBear, vetraio50 & PostCardCollector
    6. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love there Caper Roy
    7. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      TY ho2cultcha always appreciated.
    8. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Thank you for the Love(s) JImam & officialfuel
    9. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 6 years ago
      Another Kent State button (version) was posted 7/14/17 "KENT 25" seen here:

      ALSO Hunter has posted his story "PUSHING BUTTONS" about my buttons on 7/13/17 you can find it by clicking the big CW at the upper left or here:
      Thank You Hunter
    10. BVtollbooth69, 3 years ago
      Nice. I kick myself for not getting one a few years ago. If anyone sees one come up anywhere - let me know.

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