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​Couple Photographed 48 Hours After Meeting At Woodstock Still Together After 50 Years

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​Couple Photographed 48 Hours After Meeting At Woodstock Still Together After 50 Years

A couple who were photographed 48 hours after meeting at Woodstock are still together after more than 50 years - and have even recreated their original snap.

Judy and Jerry Griffin met at Woodstock festival back in 1969, after Judy's car broke down on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge, around 90 miles from the concert site.

She and the two friends she was travelling with decided to hitchhike, which was when Jerry came along to save the day in a VW Beetle.

Speaking to People in 2019, Judy, who was 71 at the time of the interview, recalled: "I was just thinking, 'Damn, now we can't go', and we were dying to.

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"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'."

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Jerry, who was 72 when they spoke to People, was caravanning to the festival with friends in two vans when he came across a stranded Judy.

He said: "I thought, 'Okay, this is definitely unusual. 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 added: "By the time we got out of the car and set up camp, we were into each other, and we basically were together from that point on."

Fast forward five decades, and the couple have two sons and five grandchildren.

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In 2019, the couple - who now have two sons and five grandchildren together - also recreated that iconic original photo, embracing under a blanket and smiling at the camera, just as they did in the Summer of Love.

The later image was taken by photographer Ben Trivett, who wrote on Instagram at the time: "A couple meets at Woodstock in 1969 but never sees a photo of themselves from the festival until they wind up in a documentary pegged to the 50 year anniversary?!?

"Is this the most @people magazine story ever? Yes. A few weeks ago I was able to spend some time w/ Judith and Jerry Griffin to hear their story and recreate the only imagery of them from Woodstock."

Credit: Ben Trivett
Credit: Ben Trivett
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The two images have recently been shared side-by-side on social media, where they've gone viral - racking up more than 480,000 likes on Twitter and 47,000 retweets.

They had never actually seen the photo of them cuddled up under a blanket until they heard that it had been used in a 2019 PBS documentary called Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation.

A friend texted the duo to tell them they'd spotted the image used in the film's trailer.

Jerry explained how they had cameras but didn't end up taking any photos.

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"For 50 years we've been looking for a picture of ourselves, and out of the blue one shows up," he said.

"We'd known each other less than 48 hours when that was taken."

Featured Image Credit: PBS

Topics: News, US News

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