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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 13 … GET ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, RIOT!

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Ever smash a cantaloupe? It makes a real ugly sound. A billy club makes that sound when smashing a skull, especially if the club is wielded by a seriously mean cop. I first heard those cranial chords in May 1965 when all hell broke loose on Telegraph Avenue. I heard it … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 12 … A REVOLTING DEVELOPMENT

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You can be in a crowd in lots of different ways. You can be in a mash at a hard rock concert. You can be in Midtown Manhattan mid-week at lunchtime. You can be stranded on an Interstate surrounded by fast Ferraris, gutless hybrids and ferociously pollutin’ 18 wheelers. Or you could be standing in … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 11 … ACTIVISM BERKELIUM

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Friday night was the best night to riot in Berkeley. Friday nights you could take a breather from the relentless academics of the school week, let off a little steam and perhaps do something good for the world. To that end students at Cal had deemed the romantic French students … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 10 … VIVE LA RÉVOLUTION!

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I knew how to plan for trouble. After all, I was trained to face trouble by the US Army. I could find the military crest of a hill. I could move quietly through darkness to silently kill. I could recite the army’s motto … “If it’s a … Continue reading

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