Almanac

Viewpoint - September 18, 2013

Letter: Hieronymus Bosch and Jelich Ranch

I read in the Sept. 4 issue the fine story about Ed Jellch and Jellich Ranch.

It put me in mind of an incident back in 1970 which caused a good deal of alarm in the neighborhood. It seems Walter got talked into renting the farm to a film crew for a movie. The Disney folks had shot some of Darby O'Gill and the Little People a few years back at the Folger Estate in Woodside and that worked out alright.

Walter was just a bit amazed, then shocked to see three school buses of hippies from UC Berkeley show up one Saturday morning along with a helicopter and three camera crews.

Walter stood forlornly looking on as 125 hippies took off their clothes and recreated the scene of Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. This was a film called Roseland (not the 1977 one) and, for the time, a big budget art film. It was racy 43 years ago but pretty tame by today's standards.

In the end there were more people in it than saw it and I can't find a copy. Bosch's painting, though, is still pretty ahh ... fast, even today. I got a pretty good look at the whole thing. I was one of the students on the bus.

Jamis MacNiven, Woodside

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