Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 21 … A REVOLUTIONARY DEAD END

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I watched them warming up. Hordes of would-be revolutionaries roamed around Sprout Plaza and Sather Gate getting ready for a charge up Telegraph Avenue in an ill-advised, Bastille-like assault on cops who stood armed in full riot gear awaiting the onslaught. Some of them joked, others rested and still others … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 20 … MY TIME COMES TO CHOOSE

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“Okay, okay, I know, I know! It’s time for ‘real’ life!” I lectured myself, “I get it … damn, damn, damn! I get it!!” Life as I knew had begun in Vallejo, a plenty-sunny California city situated on the banks of the Sacramento and Napa Rivers. It’s where those mighty tributaries feed San Pablo … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 19 … STRAWBERRIES, CREAM AND A DISCARDED DREAM

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When Professor Littlejohn pronounced my paper The Pop Documentary:  Its Past and Possibilities! deserving of “much wider distribution” he meant it … really meant it. Shortly afterwards I was stunned when, on the front page of the Daily Californian, I saw a promo piece directing readers to a full center page spread … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 18 … THE POP DOCUMENTARY

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Professor David Littlejohn required that we deliver a fully developed review for each week of his course, “The Critical Review.”  Fodder for our discerning eyes, ears and erstwhile acerbic pens ranged from architecture to literature to painting to movies … the latter of which particularly excited me! After all, that was important! It represented … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 17 … A BRAND NEW CAREER

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David Littlejohn PhD was a celebrity at UC Berkeley. He hosted a PBS tv series called “Critic at Large.” He authored books, reviewed art, architecture, opera, film, museums … you name it! … for publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Times (London). He was one of the most highly regarded … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 16 … JANE FONDA, RADICAL CHIC AND ALCATRAZ

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My day with Jane Fonda began early, about 6 am at Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco. My presence was largely pay-back from the original Indian party that staged phase one of the occupation campaign, most of whom were from, where else, Berkeley. It was they who had, on the night they returned … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 15 … ALCATRAZ, INDIANS AND OCCUPATION!

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Bill was a special kind of person … the kind who’d show up in unexpected places doing unexpected things. I suppose if pushed I’d call him a promoter, but at times I had to wonder whether he was more performance artist or con artist. … Continue reading

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