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Couple Who Met At Woodstock 50 Years Ago Finally Find Photo Of Themselves At The Festival

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Judy and Jerry Griffin have a love story for the ages. The two met while attending Woodstock in 1969 when they were just 22 years old.

Judy and her friends were on their way to the iconic music festival when their car broke down. They were still 90 miles from the festival grounds, so they decided to hitchhike.

“I was just thinking, ‘Damn, now we can’t go,’ and we were dying to,” Judy told People. “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.'”

“I thought, ‘Okay, this is definitely unusual,'” Jerry recalled. “‘We just picked up this really cute girl. And I’m going to Woodstock and I’ve got a tent and she doesn’t.'”

Judy got into Jerry’s friend’s 1967 VW Beetle, and they all started talking. An hour and a half later, Judy and Jerry knew they had a special connection. “By the time we got out of the car and set up camp, we were into each other,” Judy said, “and we basically were together from that point on.”

For decades, Judy and Jerry have told people their love story, but there was one downside: They never had any photos of their time at Woodstock together. They both brought cameras with them, but neither of them took pictures. For 50 years, they tried to find evidence of their time at the festival together, but they never found anything.

That is, until this summer. Judy and Jerry were watching the new PBS documentary Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation when they saw footage of themselves. They were blown away.

“For 50 years we’ve been looking for a picture of ourselves, and out of the blue one shows up,” Jerry said. “We’d known each other less than 48 hours when that was taken.”

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