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Next Year Is The 50th Anniversary Of A Piano Falling Out Of The Sky

The Helix
Publicity for the piano drop, organized by the alternative newspaper The Helix and the community-supported radio station, KRAB.

In 1968, in the town of Duvall, Washington, a piano was dropped from a helicopter in front of about 3,000 people.

One of the few people who can explain how and, more importantly, why something like this happened is Paul Dorpat.

The founder and editor of the Seattle counter-culture magazine Helix, Dorpat was one of the people that helped pull off an event that even he calls absurd.

But what’s even more absurd is how this event, in a roundabout way, helped inspire a certain other generation-defining get-together, near a little town called Woodstock.

Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.