The San Franciscans: Wavy Gravy
Hugh Romney, aka Wavy Gravy, is the Bozo of satire and philanthropy. From the early days, in the 1950s and '60s, when he performed at the Coffee Gallery in North Beach and with the City's comedy troupe the Committee, through to his Camp Winnarainbow performing arts summer camp near Laytonville and his work to stem the tide of blindness among children in South America, Wavy has always been right on. Seen here at the Cannery where he promotes his election season campaign "Nobody for President" (Nobody keeps all his campaign promises.), Wavy is a crowd pleaser. Fresh out of Boston when young Mister SF first met Mister Gravy, he approached the crowd at Justin Herman Plaza, where a demonstration was taking place and said, "I'm looking for Mr. Gravy. Can you tell me who he is?" From behind a magnificent cloud of smoke, a beautiful hippie woman said of the lone man on-stage, "You see the man with the red nose and slap shoes? Wavy's the guy next to him." 

Wavy Gravy was the emcee at both Woodstock Music Festivals, 1969 and 1994, and is the inspiration for the flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream that bears his name.

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