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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 26 … OH CANADA! OH NO!

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The world in 1970, at least its Berkeley version, existed in a parallel universe where science fiction fantasy morphed into reality … it truly deserved its nickname Bezerkley! For those of us living there through the late 60’s it felt like the revolution had actually come and that the American … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 25 … HAULING A HI-JACKED U-HAUL

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“Whoopie, now you’re a Canadian, a “Landed Immigrant” … what next?” I asked myself as I drove back to Berkeley from the consulate in SF. “How are you going to get there? And what are you going to do when you get there?” True to … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 23 … CANADA CALLS

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He had a fabulous pad … a large apartment on the upper floor of a beautiful craftsman style apartment building on the north side of campus. It had lead-glass built-ins, a great kitchen, a small office area … but its single, incomparable feature was a wall of west-facing … Continue reading

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Berkeley, the Sixties and Me, Part 22 … A MOST UNEXPECTED REVOLUTION

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I held her hand in a death-grip. Mike held her other as we sprinted down the driveway in a midnight’s darkness seeking refuge in a stranger’s back yard in order to hide like thieves from the squad of rampaging riot police. Her feet … Continue reading

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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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