Gypsy Boots Biography
Gypsy Boots was born in August 19, 1914.Bootzin was born in San Francisco, California to Russian Jewish immigrants. His father, Max, was a broom salesman.
His mother, Mushka, raised Bootzin and his four siblings in a vegetarian household, while also leading the family on hikes in the hills, performing Russian folk dances and feeding the homeless with her homemade black bread.
Gypsy Boots Career
By 1933, he had dropped out of high school and left home to wander California with a group of self-styled vagabonds. In the 1940s, Bootzin, along with 10-15 other “tribesmen,” lived off the land in Tahquitz Canyon near Palm Springs, slept in caves and trees, and bathed in waterfalls. Decades ahead of the Hippie movement, Bootzin and his companions had long hair and beards, lived a carefree existence and were seasonal fruit pickers. The group became known as “Nature Boys.” A combination of the philosophy of the Nature Boys and growing counterculture of the 1950s and 1960s in California may have been responsible for the emergence of California spirituality in the 1960s.
The 1948 Nat King Cole hit “Nature Boy” was inspired by Bootzin and his fellow “tribesmen”, and was composed by eden ahbez.
In 1958, Bootzin married Lois Bloemker, a conservative, academic woman from Fort Wayne, Indiana and settled in the Hollywood area. They had three children, Daniel, Alex and Freddie (who died in 2001). The two divorced in the late 1990s.
His health food store “Health Hut” was one of the first of its kind (if not the first) in the world, and was patronized by dozens of Hollywood celebrities in the early 1960s. The original Health Hut, located on Beverly Blvd just west of La Cienega Blvd, had an authentic “Tiki” style to it made with leaves and bamboo.
Bootzin personally advocated never eating meat, drinking alcohol, or smoking tobacco. He was an early believer in the health properties of organic foods. One of these organic foods was garlic—and he later became a spokesperson for the “Kyolic” variety. He also did work for a Sonoma cheese factory. He would often have a garlic-spiced cheese, “Sonoma Jack,” at his booth at health festivals and fairs in Sonoma Valley,” along with his all-natural, sugar-free “Boots Bars,” wheat grass, spirulina, and kyolic garlic, as well as “honey sweet” Medjoule dates from his orchard.
His childhood vegetarian lifestyle was something Bootzin continued with his own family as his son Daniel Bootzin corroborated.When friends came over, Bootzin said his parents offered the guests fresh carrot juice, a novelty in the 1960s.
Bootzin died in Camarillo, California, just 11 days short of his 90th birthday. He was survived by his former wife, Lois Bootzin, a Lutherantwo, of his sons Daniel and Alexander, three grandchildren, and a sister. His son Freddy died in 2001.
Gypsy Boots Wife
Boots was married to Lois Bloemker.
Gypsy Boots Children
Boots had two children.
Gypsy Boots Age
Gypsy Boots was born in the age of 1914 and died in the year 2004.