By October of 1967, the Vietnam war had escalated and the Summer of Love had just occurred. The hippie movement brought music, drugs, and sexual freedom. Editors for Newsweek decided to do a story on the rising crime and poverty in the East Village. 28 year old Bruce Porter was tasked with finding a runaway and interviewing her. The girl’s name was Marcy, a 17 year old runaway from Flint, Michigan. The interview certainly raised eyebrows – it revealed how Marcy lived with pushers, got beat up, took every kind of drug imaginable, and got an illegal abortion for $200 in somebody’s apartment.The story hit a chord with Newsweek readers, who sent money in for Marcy. New York radio station WNEW then tracked Marcy down and newsman Steve Young interviewed her (and let her crash on his apartment floor). The interview was another eyeopener; listening to Marcy, you can tell she was high on drugs, a confused and emotional wreck. When I listened to the part where Young records Marcy’s phone call with her parents, I found it heartbreaking and sad. During the call, she is distraught over the Newsweek article and there’s this sense that she really wants to go home but feels like she can’t. Afterwards, Young drops Marcy and her friends off by the New Jersey turnpike.