IT was an appropriately uptight put-on. As a few hundred hippies gathered in the Boulder, Colo., area—a flower-power resort at this time of the year —the story went out that they had recognized Boulder and Tibet as the only havens from destruction when, as they expected, the asteroid Icarus smashed into the earth. The ultimate happening was supposed to have taken place at 4:48 p.m., E.D.T., June 14. Instead, at the perigee of its 19-year cycle, Icarus missed by roughly 4,000,000 miles, and the hippies stayed around to enjoy the Sugarloaf Mountain air....

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