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Vintage Himmel: 20 years ago today - Zendik's Warriors

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For decades now, folks have been coming to Boulevard in search of the good life. In the 1980s, a commune in search of a better life settled just outside of town.

It was 20 years ago exactly to the day that I first set foot on the 70-acre property. It had recently been vacated back in 1991 by a group of rag-tag hippies. They called themselves Zendik's Warriors and they were led by a Wulf.

Wulf Zendik was a 50s beat poet, a radical author, a new age musician and a self-proclaimed guru. He and his 40 followers built the compound. Real estate agent and neighbor Jane Larsen sold the farm after the Zendiks vacated 20 years ago.

"They were good citizens. They paid their bills, they were law-abiding. They were an asset, real asset," Jane said.

Whatever they were, the Zendiks were ahead of their time. They were into ecology before it was hip. They were organic before it was trendy and their leader Wulf Zendik was an early proponent of press-on nails.

Some of the ramshackle buildings remain, but the current owners don't want us anywhere near the place.

Wulf Zendik passed away on June 12, 1999 at the age of 79. Zendik Farms moved from here to Austin, Texas, then to North Carolina and currently is in West Virginia with 25 members in the commune.

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