Portrait de Phill Polizatto, auteur de « C’est une maison bleue, confession d’un éternel hippie », aux Arènes à Paris le 2/05/2018 Photo Jean-Christophe Marmara / Le Figaro

Phillip Christopher Polizatto

July 4th 1944 – May 28th 2024

Phil, 79, died peacefully on the evening of May 28, 2024, in our home in West Seattle, with family, friends and our dog Rocco by his side.  Known as the “Unapologetic Hippie,” Phil was born in Passaic NJ and attended high school in Vero Beach FL.  He was a graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and had a masters degree from the University of Washington.

Phil has been a feature writer for UPI, a copywriter for CBS and an award-winning corporate film producer.  He taught high school in Twisp WA as well as in a one room schoolhouse north of the arctic circle in Alaska.  Later in life he shared his teaching skills in the corporate world, writing and producing training videos and classes for Boeing where he deployed avant-garde training techniques including music, poetry and even animals.  He retired from the corporate world but made some great friends who shared his passion for experimental concepts in teaching and video.

Ever creative, Phil wrote the score, lyrics and book for the musical, Organic Matter-Pokin Around and immortalized the Songs of Cowboy Bob in the CD, Cowboy Bob: The Morbid Years.  Phil was probably best known for his 3 part book: The Unapologetic Hippie aka Hunga Dunga.  The French edition is called C’est Une Maison Blue which was adapted for a particular following in Paris.

One of the most important turning points in his life was when Phil was introduced to the commune in San Francisco know as Hunga Dunga.  This group of people, and their philosophy of life, sharing everything with Love, had a profound influence on how Phil would live his life going forward.  They truly walked the talk of what it meant to be a hippie.   During this time he went to Woodstock, and also traveled the world in search of a guru for enlightenment.  Between his time in the commune, his travels, writing and producing he met some of his best friends who have loved and supported him to this day.  These folks maintained the hippie values and passed them onto their kids, colleagues and people they loved.  In so doing, they made the world a better place.  Phil just rubbed off on people and it made a difference.

Politically, Phil was a true progressive and was not afraid to demonstrate or to share his political positions.  He even wrote President Biden who was moved enough to respond with his own letter.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Florence Polizatto and his Uncle Vincent Ingrassia.  He is survived by his husband Timothy DiMarco, brother Vincent Polizatto and his wife Zheng, and nephew Peter Polizatto and his Aunt Diane Ingrassia and family.  Phil was a proud uncle, brother, cousin, friend and husband.  It was my honor to have known and loved him.

Phil has chosen to use personal composting vs. cremation to return his body to the soil in order to conserve energy and reduce carbon and chemicals from entering the atmosphere.  This process should be completed by the end of the summer at which time we will hold two memorials in Seattle and in Twisp.  Contact Tim DiMarco: alkitim@comcast.net for more information.  Phil’s energy will live on forever as he spreads peace and love across the universe.  We love you man.

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