General Hershey Bar was a Hollywood local, he frequented the 180 and 181 RTD bus lines in the Los Angeles area during the time I was in Hollywood from 1976 to 1983. The General greeted everyone he saw with a hearty, “Good Morning, General!” Having searched the Internet for quite a while for as much info as I could find, this is the only known color photograph of the good General.
An Anti-Vietnam War Protester who was often seen with his partner in the Selective Service System, General Wastemoreland, General Hershey Bar was seen frequently at anti war rallies all along the West Coast from San Diego to San Francisco and Haight Ashbury. The limited info on him says that his “real” name is “Calypso Joe” and General Wastemoreland was identified as Tom Dunphy.
I can’t count the number of times I spoke with General Hershey Bar, or just how long our conversations were. But I can tell you, it was always enlightening and (if you don’t mind me saying so) GENERALLY speaking, lots of fun! It was during one of those conversations that I told him the story of how my mom was depressed hearing the news that her Uncle was passing away and she would now be the older generation in the family. The idea for the collection of celebrity pictures came to me as a means of cheering her up. The General was happy to participate.