When Dr. Schned looks back at Woodstock now, he says it was really just one of many events during the 1960s and 1970s that helped form the attitudes and beliefs he still holds dear. He points to other significant events that impacted his life, such as the civil rights movement, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and the Vietnam War.
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“There was nothing about Woodstock that revolutionized my life,” he says, adding that his wife, Nancy, who was more of a hippie back then than him, has always been jealous of his Woodstock experience. “There was no epiphany or revelation, and I didn’t have any cosmic insights.”
The era was a time of tumultuous change, and Dr. Schned believes Woodstock was a reaction to all the tension people were feeling.
“All of those events helped open my eyes about a lot of things going on in America,” he explains. “I am proud that I still kept some of my idealism during all these years.”
And he does joke with friends about his Saturday night images of people smoking joints. He says observing the “field of joints” at Woodstock subconsciously influenced his career choice to the field of joints.
Carol Patton is a freelance writer based in Las Vegas.
Dr. Schned’s Career Highlights
1975: Graduated medical school; Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York
1978: Completed internship, junior and assistant residencies, Department of Internal Medicine, The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center (now called New York–Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center)
1979–81: Completed fellowship, Division of Rheumatic Diseases, the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
1981–86: Clinical assistant professor, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1981–2017: Rheumatologist, Park Nicollet Clinic, Minneapolis
1989 to present: Rheumatologist, New Ulm Medical Center, Minnesota
1998–2006: Chair, Clinical Board of Governors, Park Nicollet, Minneapolis
1992–2013: Member, Board of Directors, Park Nicollet Health Services, Minneapolis
2001–04: Member, Board of Directors, ACR
2004–07; 2015–18: Member, Board of Directors, Rheumatology Research Foundation
2013–17: Member, Board of Directors, HealthPartners, Minneapolis