SEPTEMBER 1967::: PARKS HOUSE 112, WRIGHT QUAD, I.U.

---------FRESHMAN YEAR, I.U.---------------- 1967----- HIPPIES---MODS---Light My Fire--- Loafers--- Sergeant Pepper--- The Association--- Womens Hours--- Space Race--- Cold War--- Turbine Engines--- Vietnam--- The Draft--- LBJ--- Great Society--- Sexual Revolution--- Three Dead Astronauts--- USSR 50th Anniversary--- Lindsey First elected--- Subway Strike--- Lew Alcindor--- OJ Simpson--- Carl Yastrzemski--- Joe Namath--- Orlando Cepeda--- Al Kaline--- aging Mantle--- aging Mays--- Green Bay Packers--- New Superbowl--- Tomothy Leary--- Ramparts--- Evergreen--- Candles/Wax--- Posters--- Eugene McCarthy--- Westmoreland--- No one wore caps/hats--- Only people who WENT to a college wore the college-logo clothes as they were available nowhere else--- leather shoes that had to be shined, no fancy sneakers--- wooden skateboards had come and gone, fad 'over'--- camera film expensive, same price as now (i.e.: Seven times more)--- Fast Food Revolution not yet--- movies dying--- burgers dying--- cartoons dying--- still safe to walk in most inner-cities--- loan offices everywhere: willing to loan to anyone who just got a working class factory job as they paid so much better than now--- computers were huge expensive things only Big Business and Huge Universities and the Government had--- Electronic equipment very expensive, monthly payments just like cars now--- Most cars were big and heavy and American made--- Primetime started at 700, not 800pm--- Virtually NO non-white people on TV--- "Made in Japan" still derogatory--- Airline travel very expensive, still not for most working-class even though they made so much more money then--- College students got half-fare airline cards --- LIFE and LOOK magazines still big--- New York still most populous state--- Empire State Building still the tallest--- No rabies vaccine. Rabid dog bites you, you die horribly--- No heart transplants until very end of year--- No handicapped access--- Mandatory peacetime draft since 1945--- Only one type of each soda: No decaf coke or cherry coke or sugar-free coke etc. (You got a 'Tab' if you wanted sugar-free)--- Cyclamates still in everything--- Asbestos thought good--- Environmentalism almost non-existant--- Switched from deposit bottle to throw-aways--- Nothing heard about 'ozone layer'--- "Animal rights" a term not heard and anti-vivisection laughed at--- Voting age 21--- Drinking age 18 in a number of states--- Drunk driving laws mild and one was usually not fined--- No computer games but lots of board games--- No seat belt laws, I was never in a car that had them--- No emissions laws--- Trains dying but still carrying some passengers the old way, no 'light rail', no Amtark, no Conrail--- Greyhound really thriving, still middle-class people on them--- Country still 90% white and 9% black. No huge Hispanic pop yet, virtually no Asians--- Homosexuality condemned even by most Liberals--- Standards in school much higher than now but lower than 1950s--- SATS were never mentioned on TV as so few people knew of them as few went to college, and no college loans--- silver coins still around--- I think only New York had a lottery--- 5%10s, big drugstores, and department stores looked MUCH better inside than decades later. Didnt have to cram so much to make profits--- No 'generics', not until 1973 oil crisis--- No warehouse stores--- Unmarried co-habitation was still very illegal--- Abortion still very illegal--- Divorce still rarely heard of--- No 'chicken' in meat--- No milk 'substitutes'--- No public Xerox machines--- Studious nerds carried wooden sliderules in leather cases on their belts--- Eyeglasses were all hornrimmed, I think the Granny Glasses started next year and began it all--- Only kids rode bicycles--- Only kids and Hippies wore sneakers outside of gym--- Argyle sox and white sox were uncool--- BRUT was the number one fragrance for college guys--- Stationary was much more expensive than now, and it got worse in mid/late 1970s--- Banks did not have all these 'fees' and only demanded one dollar to start and keep an account--- Christmas Clubs didnt give you your money only close to Xmas--- Plenty of World War ONE vets still around--- ------------------- Tropical Storm Arlene; Aug 30,1967,,,, DORIA forms off Cape Kennedy Sept 9,1967, nears VA-MD coast, Wildwood,NJ evacuated, SEPT 15,1967 (My first day of classes at college), brushes NC coast, winds and tides hit NJ,,, --- SEPTEMBER 20, 1967: Hurricane Beulah hits Texas, spawns record 27 tornadoes. ....... SEPT1: Cambodia breaks with China, poet Siegfried Sassoon dies,,,,, SEPT3: Kuwait resumes oil shipments to USA, China quits red Cross, Thieu and Ky win Viet elections,,,,, SEPT4: Gov ROMNEY SAYS HE WAS "BRAINWASHED" BY 1965 VIET TRIP (Until this day, Romney was the expected Republican Candidate for president. From here on he sank),LABOR DAY,,,,, SEPT5: Fierce fighting near DANANG, ,,,, SEPT6: DeGaulle in Poland, congolese war still on, LBJ nominates Walter Washington as first quasi-mayor of DC, UAW strikes Ford, Mary McCarthy's VIETNAM published,,,,, SEPT7: McNamara to build barrier under DMZ, US launches Biosatellite II, US conducts underground nuke test,,,,,, SEPT9: Confessions of Nat Turner published,,,,, SEPT10: AEC announces US created heaviest isotope known to man, lynda Byrd engaged to Charles Robb, race riots in E.StLouis 9/10-9/13 started by H.Rapp Brown, Joel Horlen throws no-hitter against Kaline and Tigers in Pennant Race, I LEAVE NYC ON PENN RR TRAIN TO INDY,,,, SEPT 11: China fires on India (for next few days), RFK attacks tobacco, Cosmos 175 launched, I GET OFF TRAIN IN INDIANAPOLIS AND SEE HORLEN HEADLINE ,,,, SEPT 12: Senate passes defense bill for 1968 74-3, Cosmos 176 launched, ,,,, SEPT14: Southside Chicago race riots by SNCC, LBJ calls for gun control, ,,,, SEPT15: Norman Mailer's 'Why are we in Vietnam?' published,,,,, SEPT16: Cong and N.Viet take major casualties in Mekong Delta, Fulbright attacks proposed ABM, Cosmos177 launched,,,,, SEPT17: Romney now badly trails LBJ in polls due to comment about 'brainwashing', USSR launches a satellite, ,,,, SEPT18: US bombs Hiaphong military targets, McNamara announces US will deploy ABM system, US launches Surveyor 5, Met Opera opens its 83rd season,,,,, ________________________ ______________________ _____________________ ______________________ ______________________ EARLY SEPTEMBER 1967???:: ____________Before I was about to leave for college I recall being on South George Street to buy things to read and I discovered softcover books on 1967 Baseball and Football with lots of info and diagrams that I brought with me along with some other books. That newstand was either where the McDonalds parking lot is now or just north of it where the Welfare Medical place is. (I guess we were in York before returning to NYC?).... ______________ _________________ SEPTEMBER 1967!!!!??:::_____________ ... ON September 10, 1967 my parents and I went to NYCs Penn Station (or what was left of it) and this time I got on a quicker train to Indy. The NYC took 24 hours. I think the PRR was much more direct and took 16-18. This time I was REALLY loaded down as I had to carry it all with me for the year. I wasnt pulling a U-Haul like the richer kids. I had heavy suitcases and my big 'portable' tape recorder and lots to read (Maybe also one of those 'Time Capsules' I mentioned on the Aug67 page)and God only knows what else my father helped me pile up at the front of the train. I sat on the front left to keep an eye on the pile. I figured I'd worry about how to get them off when I got there. This time we didnt go the long way. We went west, not north, through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Through Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Naturally, when I stopped at Harrisburg I thought of York. I figured my York Period was now over forever. I thought I would go to college and just visit my parents who would eventually move into the York house for good but I had no idea where I was working. I never really stopped to think about how the major I was in would make me have to live somewhere far from my parents if I wanted a job. My York days did not turn out to be quite what I wanted anyway. I wanted both parents there in both my Junior 65-66 and Senior 66-67 years. I figured that my Junior year would be my transition year and my Senior year I would be just like everybody else at last. But the first year I had just my mother there and my father was in NYC with the car so my being the Number One student in my Drivers Ed class meant nothing as I had nothing to take the test in or to drive on dates. The second year wound up less than the first year as my mother returned to NYC and I was commuting to NYC on Friday nights instead of being like a normal teenager. And I had nicer friends in 65-66 than in 66-67. Much nicer. The 65-66 ones all left town. But we went on across Pa. to Pittsburgh and its bright red steel furnaces and across Ohio. 10-11-99: I THINK that this was the time I brought a HUGE wad of money in my pocket, perhaps in the same wallet I dropped in Richard's toilet, that was all the money for the entire school year! We had no thought of 'Traveler's Checks' and I never had a checking account. And we knew nothing about college payments and noone near us had ever gone to college. So we thought I had to pay for BOTH semesters all at once: both tuition and housing. In truth we only had to pay for the FALL semester and we could even pay for the housing one month at a time! But we didnt know this so i had all this money in my pocket that I was very, very careful to not drop out of my pants while sitting in the seat for all those hours. I GUESS I didnt have to pay at the end of early registration and somehow knew that. Or did I carry it all twice? Beats me. I paid out of state fees so I was carrying $495 (Fall), $495 (Spring), $495?? (Housing) and more for ALL college expenses including books and clothing and food and travel for nine months. It had to be over $2,000 in my pocket. Which, converted from 1967 dollars was actually equal to at least $14,000. 10-11-99.............. Im sure I ate on the train and probably once again ate a $5 meal and left a $2 tip. Eventually I got to Indianapolis. Somehow I ligged all that stuff out of the train and out to the front door of the station. THIS time I had been thinking about what the MAIN campus really looked like if the big area i saw was only an offshoot. I took a cab to the Greyhound Station. I put my luggage in a locker again and walked up the main street again. In a newspaper machine a couple blocks along the main street on the same side as the Greyhound and at the corner of another main street I saw the front page headline of what I had missed while I was on the train: Joel Horlen, my second favorite AL pitcher (After Gary Peters) threw a NO-HITTER against my favorite player, Al Kaline, and the Detroit Tigers. It was SEPTEMBER 11, 1967. He does it the first time in my life Im stuck on a train with no TV access during the greatest pennant race of all time. No YMCA this time. I got the bus at door 5. On the way down, as we were pulling out of Indianapolis on the edges of the city we passed a restaurant named GAY DAN'S which had a weirdly dressed huge sign of a man waving. At that time 'gay' was just an unused archaic word I had only seen once in an old text book I had to read in class in first grade 1956. (In the 80s the chain was in TIME or NEWSWEEK due to its name change). Indiana was nothing like the EAST COAST MEGALOPOLIS. Trip down was the same. Once again into the sudden opening of Bloomington from the trees, by the split road with the park in between, under the RR trestle, turning left at the A&W on the right, seeing the 'venerable' Waffle House which was actually months old, and swaying violently as we pulled into the station. Suitcases and tape recoder out from under the bus. But THIS time the bus had been CROWDED and there were more cabs. And i wondered how the cabbie was going to pile us all in with all our luggage. But he did. This whole idea of 'sharing a cab' was something i had NEVER even thought existed anywhere. Cab was so crowded that I put my softcover books (a few from the 'pocketbook' company) on the shelf by the window behind me. Then we went down tenth street again, just like in August. I dont know where the others got out but I know that at the end there was just a girl and me. We kept going down 10th and passed the street where we turned left to Briscoe in August. This was all new to me. We went farther and suddenly turned right, went half a block and stopped. We were between two absolutely huge flat dorms each three floors high. There was a loading dock on either side but not directly across from each other. The girl got out and the cabby got her her suitcases and she went to the dorm on the left. I guessed she was going in some sort of back way. I had no idea that the dorm on the right was the other side of mine. We then kept going down the street and turned right. Into the campus. Big field on my left with many big buildings on other side. Then we were heading back west. Turned right at the next corner. Then we go half way up the block. Suddenly we turn into a big, big crescent where the inside of the crescent is a very pretty hollow with a stream down there. We pull to the middle of the crescent road and he stops in front of a huge breezeway. This is it. I see my new home for the first time. I pay him with a tip and he tells me that 'Parks House' is one of the subdivisions inside. I stand there for a second with all my stuff looking through this huge, wide breezeway with columns. Inside it on the left is a big statue of a sitting Ancient Greek man with boys. There were no bike racks in those days. Bikes were for kids and college 'men' had MONEY back then. I go through it to the other side. I see a park in the center and the building all around. Wright Quad was built like a GIANT letter 'H' with the semi-circle like a backwards 'c' on the left where I came in.: )H I could only take some of my stuff at once so i left the rest where the driver put it and went out from under the breezeway. I figured Id have to check each of a dozen 'houses' I could see the entrances to. Each was big enough to hold 50 people or more. I went to the first one on the left. There was paint all over the sidewalk entrance to it which was a couple steps down leading to a big metal door. The paint said PARKS HOUSE as did the sign on the door. The cabbie had taken me right to it. So i put a couple of suitcases down at the entrance and went back for the rest of my stuff. I went in the door and up the stairs to the first floor as my room was 112. Then I turned right through another metal door with a very small window of very thick glass. No one else semmed to be on the hall. Guess I got there early. I went down the hall and found my name on a door with a roommate named 'Grant'. Immediately, with a name like that, I figured he was a black guy. But it didnt bother me. I figured that any black guy going to that collge was probably richer and more civilized than I (I was correct on all counts). I got inside first and saw my room for the first time. I had first pick of the bed and permanent desk so i picked the ones to the far left as they were right next to each other and closest to the window. I put my stuff on the two things to mark them. At some point I realized I left my books on the window shelf in the cab. I never made that mistake since and Ive been trying to relace those missing books since 1967. I KNOW what the sports ones look like. I then locked up and left the building. Hmmm: Where did I get the key? At some point I must have gone across the whole courtyard to the main office (I vaguely recall someone in the yard telling me where it was when I was still outside so I must have left my luggage out there while I went over. Or did I carry it all? And back then the mailboxes by the office did NOT have ones room number on the glass as they do now. They were numbered from the corner of 10th and Jordan and I was, I believe, #57. And I think we had combinations back then). Anyway, I walked back out under the breezeway and figured I'd better turn left as to the right was north and Briscoe somewhere. I walk around the semi-circle and onto Jordan Ave (Didnt know the name then). Then a half block south to the intersection and I see stuff in all directions. So I go right and a half block down I find myself in a wide street area behind the big Theatre. There was no traffic. And Im thinking that Ill remember this moment forever as NOW I am at COLLEGE: what I heard about all my life from all the people i knew who had never finished high school or maybe even junior high as they all were so broke. And that this was a REAL university. Much bigger campus than Columbia or what I heard NYU or York Junior College were. I still recall that moment decades later. I then stopped myself as I thought I had better get my softcover books back before I lose them. So I go back and call a cab. I wait at the semi-circle. I tell the cabbie to "Take me downtown. Whereever that is" Maybe I asked him where the cab companies are and he said 'downtown' or maybe I just guessed and asked him later. I dont recall. While we are in the cab on tenth street a block or two from where he turns left to get into town I ask him, "Where are the girls?" and he says, "You're in it". We then go past the Greyhound as the street in front of it is one way north and to the next street and turn left at the A&W which was across on the right. We go down to where we stop at a light with a courthouse square to my front left and a big hotel directly to my right and I tell him I'll get out there and I pay him and tip him. Now Im in Bloomington's Downtown for the first time. FRIDAY 10-8-99 430pm MONDAY 10-11-99 Columbus Day. So now Im at the corner of North College and West 6th Street. I think I got out of the cab on the left so I was on or near the NE corner which had the 'dept store', SE corner had the edge of the Courthouse Square, NW corner had the town hotel (Indiana Motor Inn) with the Lamplighter and Fireside Restaurants. SW corner had the Woolworth's. Everything was pretty dead. I then go down W 6th to the THREE cab companies they have a half block down behind the Hotel. THREE! All near together. I didnt yet understand why. And none of them have any idea what Im talking about. I keep using the term 'pocket sized books' and they all act like they had never heard of it before. This was the beginning of my understanding that different states REALLY did speak different languages. I say, "Well, they say 'pocketbooks' on the side of the books even though they really arent pocket-sized" and one guy says, "You lost your pocketbook???" And I go, "No, no, no. The small soft-covered books that are considered pocket sized although they arent" (Even that wasnt a good explanation as the sports one were BIG softcovered books) So I leave wondering if its just the cab yahoos or if noone in Indiana knew of any book other than hardcovers. I never did get those books back. I still look for them. I found a couple of 1968 and 1969 editions of them but not yet the 1967 ones. In over 32 years of looking! Then I went around the corner into the 5&10s for the first time as they were no different than home. Although I never heard of a 'Jupiter' before. I couldnt believe how the 5&10s were all on the same block. They were all on the WEST side of the square, the 'dept stores' all on the NORTH side, and the shoestores all on the SOUTH. I especially got a kick out of such small stores calling themselves "DEPARTMENT STORES". My mother was an executive at MACY'S- NEW YORK, "The World's Largest Store". The little dept stores were still bigger than anything else downtown, though. I did not go over to either the EAST side of the square or the SOUTH side. So I thought that THIS was the extent of Bloomington. Had I gone to the SOUTH side where the shoestores were I would have seen that on 5th Street between the Square and the University was KIRKWOOD AVENUE, the main street. I had NO idea it existed. I must have been VERY cautious in those days to not even walk around the square. But maybe night was falling or maybe I was in a hurry to get back to see the UNIVERSITY and not the town. Beats me. I do NOT recall how i got back to Parks-Wright. I dont recall if I went back and got a cab at one of those places or if I walked back north until I hit TENTH STREET and then walked east until hitting Wright Quad or what. I THINK I took a cab. I dont recall the walk. MON 10-11-99 700pm TUES 10-12 1222pm: I don't think I met my roommate that day but I might have. There were also two brothers that I somehow met although they were in the next 'house' down (on the other side of the breezeway). I dont know if I met them before or after my roommate. But the two of them took me to the shopping center I did not know existed. I had been to the shopping centers in York,Pa but my image of them was that they were WAY outside of these small towns. The idea that I could easily walk to a shopping center was surprising. We walked thre from Wright Quad but I know it was not the shortest way which would have been diagonally across the center of the Wright open area and then across the field. The only way I can figure other than that was down Jordan but that doesnt make sense either as I didnt know Jordan the following Sunday. I have no idea how we got there but we did and I remember we went into the 5&10 there as I wanted to eat a BLT. We sat at the counter near the window. As I knew about the BLT it must have been the Woolworths there and not the Grants 5&10. I ate at 5&10s a lot upon arrival as they were national franchises so I knew what they had. The three of us talked there for a while. Interestingly, we did NOT walk to the very end. probably as at the end was just a big clothing store. Upon returning someone asks me, "Did you go to the Mall?" (Was it my roomie?). And Im thinking, "What's a mall? Is it something different out here than in NYC?" In NYC the only places called 'malls' were big flat open areas that only tourists (ugh) go to. Like at the UN bldg or Rockefeller Plaza. But I didnt see the Mall from the Eastland Shopping Center as it was farther back. So back I go. This time by myself. This time I think it was the next day. And back then Third Street had one fewer lane and when one walked on the narrow asphalt sidewalk past St Charles Catholic Church, its rectory, and the fields one was below street level and could see the cars overhead. Nothing like that existed in NYC or York. A car going off the road could land on someone walking below. I walk to the end of Eastland and I dont see anything as Im approaching. Just a big (muddy?) field beyond as the shopping center walk ended abruptly. But when I get to the end of the walk I see it. (Fall 67 song:& "I Can See for Miles and Miles and Miles" & ). Eastland wasnt as long in those days. And at the end there was a big cheap clothing store and a big field all the way to the street many yards away. No Eisners or Oscos or whatever is there now. No paved parking lot with all the new bldgs they now have on it. Just a big grass field with a thin muddy footpath. I walked that dirtpath looking down to avoid the mud so many times that it burned in my brain like it was yesterday. Eastland wanted nothing to do with the new usurper 'mall'. 10-12 1248pm (((((((NOTE: Im now having a tough time with the sequencing. Message from IU Reference said that Regular Registration in Fall 1967 was Sept 12,13,14 and classes started Sept 15. I also have a note on another page that the 'New Student Meeting' was Sunday Sept 10, 1967. Yet I always swore that I arrived in Indy on Sept 11 as I recalled the Horlen no-hitter in the newspaper box!!??? ))))))


..NOT PROOFREAD and Im afraid to correct as it keeps erasing a hundred words when i try to change one letter.......... I enter the 'Mall' and Im quite impressed. This is just something out of science fiction out east. I read articles about doing such things but they were always worried about the expense of enclosing an entire 'town center' and about the roof caving in. Dont forget that the Astrodome was something called the 8th wonder of the world at this time. This was something in the far future in NYC. So here are these Indiana bumpkins ahead of us worldly New Yorkers. Embarrassing. In those days it was less than half the size of what it is now. It dint yet have the theatres or the MCL cafeteria. Way in the back was the Hall of Cards which was mostly just catering to the Peanuts frenzy then at its height and the big 5&10 next to it. (Where I got my FIZZIES when we werent allowed to have refigerated 'sodas' (Excuse me: 'Cokes'- more on this later) in our rooms. ............ At some point I met my roomie. He was an erudite good-looking Black guy like I expected. Looked like Harry Belefonte or someone. Father was rich and owned something to do with plumbing for the university system. Mother was in a mink coat. They took me to the Howard Johnsons with them to eat in their new Lincoln. I also recall getting out of their car once at the Student Union and also driving by the FIJI house on 3rd street with the father and son and the father mentioned that the Fiji house was still there by Swain Hall. That was the first time I saw it or heard it called Fiji. Actually, it did fit the stereotype of rich black people with the Lincoln and Howard Johnsons but that probably had something to do with the discrimination policies of the past that whites arent aware of. the father once mentioned how he sat in a whites only area in a theatre in Indy and the guy came to tell him he shouldnt be there and he said, "Oh, come on (name), you know me." And the guy let him alone. Grant grew up in a much waealthier family than I did and when I mentioned his parents had more money than mine he said, "But your parents only have one kid" which was trye but he didnt know how broke we were from 1949 until 1963. We were just SUDDENLY upper-middle class............. The next major thing I recall was having to go to FRESHMAN ORIENTATION at SWAIN EAST. According to my 1967 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES I had to be there at the NEW STUDENT MEETING- JUNIOR DIVISION SEPT 10, SUNDAY, 730pm... Sunday night!!! So I set out from Wright with NO idea where I was going. There were NO signs in front of the buildings in those days to tell me which ones were which. And Im walking all over the campus for the first time. At 730pm in September, Central Time. I guess it was twilight. I just remember walking up and down and back and forth to try to find it in the dusk and not willing to ask anyone for some reason. Actually, in NYC I never approached strangers. But finally I was walking down a large street and I FINALLY found it. I went into the ancient building and down the stairs where we were all crammed into a small classroom to the left while going down. It was for SCIENCE and MATH majors only. I recall sitting there, age 17, with my stuff I got from the school and taking some notes. But I now cant recall a word that was said. By the time it was done it was very dark outside. I recall using the old mens room and wondering about the strange see-through insects. NYC is held up on the backs of ten trillion roaches but I had never seen a Silverfish before. Maybe the two are incompatible. I then left and I was standing outside in the dark with absolutely NO idea where i was! I walked to the right a ways and couldnt see anything i knew. So I turned around and walked the other way. It was very dark and i was cold and i had NO idea if i was walking the right way or if i was geting farther lost. I was 17 and in a stange state where I knew noone a zillion miles from home. Funny how long the walk seems when one doesnt know if one will have to retrace ones steps if youre going in the wrong direction. The streetlights were awfully far apart and dim. No crime, I guess. I keep walking and lo and behold, there was a lighted phoine booth in the distance across the street by some very dark bldgs. So I go to it and there is a closed pharmacy behind it (Brummetts, sunday). I call my parents collect. I dont tell them Im in trouble but it was good to hear recognizable voices. So I talk a while until Im feeling better. And it was warmer in the booth. After the conversation i continue walking in that direction to the end of that block. Thers a big street there. Now what? Do I keep going up a street i never saw befgore or do I turn right and go farther south or do i turn left? I could have gome in any of four directions i was so lost! So, luckily, I go left. I keep going while recognizing nothing. There were no sugns with arrows saying where the various bldgs are. The fact that the street curved made it worse as i couldnt see very far down it. It also went up a slight hill. And Im thinking that Im even worse off and there doesnt even seem to be anyone around. Blue laws kept everything closed in those days. But I finally get to the Jordan street intersection where I recognize Wright Quad's semi-circle in the distance. (There was no huge library across from it in those days, especially a brightly lit one. Allthere was then was a big field and gravel parking lot). Then i enter Parks-Wright as if it was all a piece of cake. But I recall people there so I must have been there a little while. NOW here is what is interesting: the booth was on 3rd St which is the same street the EASTGATE S.C. and COLLEGE MALL were on farther on east. Yet i didnt recognize it. So that means that either this took place before i went to those places OR they took me by a diagonal route. But all the diagonal routes coincide at some point yet when I was taken the diagonal route through Wright's courtyrad to Forest Quad near Read Center it was the FIRST time. And THAT wasnt until HOMECOMING week in October! So I guess this happened BEFORE I went to the mall and s.c............ IM MAKING DUPLICATES OF THIS AS IT KEEPS ERASING MY WORK!!!... ...... I was hungry and I liked hamburgers in those days, not cheeseburgers or pizza. So i went through the phonebook and located a place called DOG AND SUDS that delivered them. I had no idea where it was. He came and gave me the bag and I gave him a tip. "What's this?" he asks. "A tip", I told him. There were others in the room so i guess it was after the first day i was there but perhaps before the snack bar was open or known by me. I guess they didnt tip out there. ............. I also recall offering to buy SODAS for everyone who was standing in my doorway talking to me and my roommate. I had discovered the Wright snackbar.(Or it finally opened) Sodas? To Easterners that meant a carbonated beverage like a cola or rootbeer. To Hoosiers it meant something like an ice cream soda! weird! So what do you call carbonated beverages, I asked? "Cokes", Im told. Cokes? You mean that includes Coke and Pepsi and root beer and 7up? Yes, Im told. These people have screws loose, Im thinking. _____________ Looking back on my Freshman experiences i can see two huge mistakes the schoo it self had a hand in: 1) They put too many freshmen on my floor. The first floor of Parks-Wright is truncated due to the lounge at one end and the breezeway entrance at the other. So there were, according to the 1967 REDBOOK, 24 of us sealed into the short hallway on the first floor and almost all of us were freshmen. Cut off from other influences. On the second and third floor the halls of the 'houses' run into each other in continual hallways along the dorm. We hadnt a clue about anything. The only thing all these freshen did was party and raise hell 24 hours a day. If we had made up, say, 25% of the floor with uppervclassmen making up the rest this would never have happened. But as we know-nothings dominated the hall we were the major influence. The result was that the floor pulled a 1.6 GPA (and it was only that high because the few upper classmen did so well) and everybody either flunked out or was on academic probation. During my second semester, 1/68 to 6/68 the floor was like a ghost town as so many freshmen flunked out or quit as their grades seemed so low as to never be able to get up again. (There was another mistake. We were under the impression that, to get into grad schools we HAD to have at LEAST a 3.0 average over the entire four years. Naturally, if youre starting with a 1.0+ its almost impossible to get it up to 3.0 in time. I was later shocked when I got my grad school forms that all they seemed to care about were 1) Our GPA in our MAJORS and 2) Our GPA in our JUNIOR and First Semester SENIOR years. HAD A COUNSELOR TOLD US THAT we would not have been so disillusioned about our future possibilities AND those guys would not have quit and joined the military during the Vietnam War. TUES.10-12-99 305pm WED 10-13 315pm: Some wound up in the service, including VIETNAM. ..... The second thing was that the counselors didnt really counsel. I had NO idea what a freshman schedule should look like so I went by my honors high school one and proceeded to fill in every time period on Mon, Wed, and Fri with all the 'labs' and 'discussions' on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My counselor did not stop me from doing it! I had a SEVERE overload and didnt know it. Especially since i was also taking some Sophomore courses as a Freshman. And majoring in Astro. I still recall meeting my counselor. It was in the same bldg that housed the KINSEY INSTITUTE. I walked in (there was an alcove with nice wooden booths on each side, one is gone now)and looked around the foyer. Then i noticed the room number was directly on the sharp left as i came in. According to my Redbook it was SEPTEMBER 11,12 1967; monday,tuesday. And he did make a comment on the number of courses and i said, "well, thats what my high school schedule looked like" and he said, okay, and signed it. As an experienced adult who was being paid to counsel he should have said, "This is COLLEGE, not high school. Youll be assigned MUCH more work in mUCH tougher courses and being in ASTRO youll be competing against many of your own kind for a few degrees. And youre trying to compete with Sophomores who know all the tricks from experience"..... A THOUGHT!!: I registered for classes in AUGUST so why would I be at the counselors in September as the idea of the counslling was to get my schedule okayed BEFORE I went to sign up. Did I acually go to an AUGUST counselling i forgot? Or did I sign up in August and then go to this thing so that he could tell me to go to 'DROP AND ADD" if he thought I had signe dup for too much in the Summer??? My memories are not perfect. ............. More strange things about INDIANA in SEPTEMBER 1967: You couldnt buy pizza by the slice in Bloomington as you could in NYC. Only a WHOLE pizza at once! (Actually, York,Pa didnt have ANY pizza delivery until about 1985!) In NYC I used to walk down the street and buy pizza out of store windows as well as knishes. But I was elated that DOG AND SUDS delivered HAMBURGERS! I knew of no place in Astoria or York that delivered Hamburgers. Re: the kid who didnt know what a TIP was. As an usher for the NY METS in 1966 most of my income was in tips. Except i forget how much i got when the Beatles came.) (The same thing happened to me the first time I bought gasoline for my first car in late 1978. The kid who pumped it in the rain on North George Street just after going under I-83 asked what the money was for). THIS WAS 1967 WHICH WAS BEFORE THE FAST-FOOD RESTAURANT EXPLOSION THAT WIPED OUT THE 5&10 LUNCH COUNTERS WHERE MOST PEOPLE ATE. That really began in the early 1970s. At this time we were told that burgers, movies, and cartoons were on the verge of death.... And noone in Bloomington had heard of BAGELS (even in the 70s! with most). Or Jello Cups or Charlotte Russes or Knickerbocker chocolate covered raspberry jelly candies or halvah bars or chocolate cream soda or egg cremes. (FALL67 song: & "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie. You were young and so was I" & ") In early 1970 I had to argue with the lady at the ice cream parlor next to the Indiana Theatre when she refused to make my chicolate malted with chocolate ice cream! (FALL1967 song: "& Never, My Love" & ) And guys wore those horrible wing tip shoes that werent seen in NYC since Truman was president. They were the proverbial things that barefoot farmer boys in cartoons would wear when they went to the 'big city' for the first time.).. That semester Fall67 they had just replaced the BOTTLE soda machines inthe lounges with paper cup ones. That was a real throwback to me. Out EAST the Health Depts had just gotten rid of the cup machines in most places because the sticky soda winds up all over the place where the cup comes down and draws insects. But here was IU going backwards to them. Putting all that junk on Pizza was also weird. In NYC a 'real' man took it plain. Stuff on pizza was for girls! (In 1968 I became addicted to freds Pizza with sausage and mushrooms and had them delivered to my room at lunch while everyone else was downstairs in the dining hall. Indiana corrupted my palate. FREDS PIZZA remains the only place Ive ever seen which put the sausage finger-thick across the WHOLE pizza. Probably bankrupted them. The other guy on the hall from NYC, Steve, mentioned it immediately when he saw I had gotten mine plain in 67-68. .....TODAY, THURSDAY 10-14-99, I WORKED ON THE FRONT PAGE AND ON THE FALL 1967 LINK BELOW ............. . And of course, there was my big SACK/BAG INCIDENT: 10-13 347pm Friday 10-15-99 214pm: I was at Sears-ROEBUCK next to the snack bar where the little candy counter used to be. (Theres now a photo place where the snackbar used to be) and some girl asked me if I wanted a "SACK" for what I bought. I had enough. "Its not a sack, its a BAG! Bags are made of paper and sacks of coarser materials. What is it with you Indianans that you call paper bags 'sacks' and Hippies who carry green sacks 'greenBAGGERS'?? She got all blushy and all the 'Indianans' from my hall I was with were laughing. (FALL67 song: & "Hey, My brown-eyed girl")(I think the jukebox across the hall in front of the Wright Snackbar played BROWN EYED GIRL a million times a day)(NOTE: Here in York,Pa they refer to pebbles as 'stones')(In NYC its: pebbles, rocks, stones, boulders in increasing size). I think that was the ONLY time I went with a group of Parks House guys anywhere other than Homecoming display and the football games- both on campus. Never went off-campus with them again) (I wonder when I was first told of the GREENBAGGERS, which was the name of the anti-war people who tended to carry green clothes bags over their shoulders for their books). .... We had a 'Hippie' guy on my floor, who said he wasnt a Hippie, they never liked that term. He used to go out at night from Parks Wright to the late night supermarket on 10th St at CROSSTOWN SHOPPING CENTER. (Store now RAZED and replaced with an all night convenience store). He'd go in pajamas and stocking feet! Hey, it was 1967, man. Groovy! ("Groovy", which was a 1965-1967 MOD term, and not a Hippie term, was on its way out at this time). So I went over with him in my own stocking feet one night. And I saw others doing it! It seemed to be the cool thing to do for a while there. Luckily it was warm those nights in SEPTEMBER 1967 (except it was chilly that night I was lost). LATER THAT FALL, IN NOVEMBER 1967, THERE WERE RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES and I thought that Indiana had weird temperature extremes. Another habit that Semester was to go to the Commons snack bar and get the hot tea in the metal teapot and ceramic cup and saucer. And nothing was said as we'd walk outside with these things and all around campus at night pouring tea into our ceramic cups as we talked and then returning the cup and teapot. (I especially recall one constant slow-drizzle night in NOVEMBER 1967 when we were doing that and I ran into two girls in front of the Music Building on 3rd Street) Things were much more civilized then. .... When I first arrived in SEPT 1967 I had that huge wad of money and went from bank to savings and loan all over Bloomington trying to open a regular bank account like I had in NYC and York. (I did not know the difference between a bank and a savings and loan back then but in NYC and York,Pa I had accounts in both. In NYC and York, one could open an account with one dollar and take out ones money whenever one wished. In Bloomington in 1967 I could NOT find one place that would let me do that. All they had were accounts where one could only take out the money a couple of times a year or Checking Accounts! I had never had a checking account and I did not trust them or myself with one. So I finally gave up and I put all my money for two semesters (and I paid almost triple-out-out-of-state tuition!)into a simple metal index card box on my closet shelf. No lock. (Theyre made out of plastic nowadays). I went to class daily, often leaving my door unlocked and sometimes with the door wide open and, although everybody on the floor knew of my money, noone touched it. ((A few years later, before graduating, I visited Parks-One and saw that things in the hall were smashed, the wals had paint thrown all over them, and everyone locked their door at all times. (FALL1967 song: & "How can I be sure? In a world thats constantly changing? Im sure with you.& ) (I think the wildness of the 60s grew too much at the same time as the coming of college loans in the 70s brought in too many vandals. I think that each year from, say, 1967 things got increasingly out of control until in the 70s it turned to vandalism and violence). ............. I recall my very first walk to the FIRST HOME FOOTBALL GAME OF THE SEASON (Saturday, SEPTEMBER 23, 1967 versus Kentucky) from Wright Quad to the STADIUM. It was out of Park in a group, to the left through the OTHER breezeway that made the bar of the "H" of Wright's shape, north through that field inside the huge H, across diagonally to the left, crossing 10th Street, up Jordan Ave slightly and over that little bridge, then immediately off the sidewalk and diagonally behind the buildings to the left and across that very, very long field behind SEMBOWER BASEBALL FIELD near Briscoe to FEE LANE and to the STADIUM. It cant be done now as John Cougar Mellancamp put a gift stadium there. (See campus map). At that time I had no idea where I was as it was the first time.The new stadium blocks th eold walk that everyone from Wright, Teter, Forest, Willkie, and the old GRC took during the ROSE BOWL YEAR. ... I had NO idea that IU had been terrible in football. I bought my tickets for 50c apiece from the guy from Georgia who lived next to me in 110. He had no interest and got them from his mother who bought him the book. I went to the first game and was surprised how everyone else was so shocked that they won. i found it to be far more fun than going to see the NY Giants or Titans/Jets (My father was an usher for both). I liked those teams VERY much BUT a team that represented the school you LIVED at was more personal so I was a big fan from the start. (I still have the cards for a board game where one can replay the 1967 IU football season (FALL 1967 song & "Keep the Ball rolling, keep the ball rolling" &)( That song became the theme song for the team all season. The little red ball, like the ESSO promotion a short time before, and that song were the two symbols of that football semester.)(The head of the IU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION in 1991,92 was fascinated by those little cards I showed him) I was surprised though that there were no vendors hawking food in the stadium. WENT TO NEXT PAGE Friday Oct 15, 1999 316pm


INDIANA SCHEDULE 1967:: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1967: KENTUCKY (My first walk to an IU game),,,, Saturday. SEPT 30, 1967 : KANSAS (also saw game with floor guys),,,,, Saturday OCTOBER 7, 1967 : at Illinois,,,, Saturday, OCTOBER 14: IOWA ("I smell Roses", guy next to me yells),,,, Saturday OCTOBER 21, 1967: At Michigan,,,, Saturday OCTOBER 28,1967: At Arizona (Im walking through Commons Cafeteria snackbar listenig to them beating Arizona),,,, Saturday NOVEMBER 4: WISCONSIN (First college football date),,,, Saturday November 11, 1967: At Michigan State (Tied last year with Notre Dame for best in USA),,,, Saturday NOVEMBER 18, 1967: At Minnesota (I hear this over same radio in Commons, we get creamed, now tied with Minnesota and as they beat us they could go instead),,,, Saturday NOVEMBER 25, 1967: PURDUE!!!, our hated traditional rival! ( I was not at our most important game as it was Thanksgiving vacation. IU stops Purdue on one yard line and Purdue, which made an all-time record for leat fumbles, fumbles! and we go to Rose Bowl to play against OJ Simpson and USC for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP after having only won five games in five years!). Final records: IU 9-1, 6-1,, Purdue 8-2, 6-1,, Minnesota 8-2, 6-1. 10-15-99 334pm,,, I also worked on the WRIGHT/FOREST lawn display in front of the girls dorm, Forest Quad. Jane Pauleys sister lived there and Jane would be a freshman there in 1968. Ours was based on the newly popular comic strip, THE WIZARD OF ID. With the castle and characters. That was then THE strip for college people as PEANUTS went national. When the guy first told me of it I didnt recognize the name. But I had read it, I just didnt know it was so popular with others my age. i followed the floor governor, he also led us to that first football game, across the big WRIGHT FIELD southwards in the other direction, left around the tennis courts (I recall it like yesterday), across the street (I was seeing this for the first time), along the walk through the huge field, over the little bridge, to the left of READ CENTER, another all-girl bldg, over a really old overgrown part of the field with ancient steps almost completelt engulfed by the ground and by a deep gully with trees into it which would become a lake every time it rained, there were no tennis courts there then as now, and around the left of the back of Forest, to get around to the front where the display would be. (Was this Friday October 27,1967??? I know? my first college date was that night)I recall having a date the night of the afternoon I was working on it, getting the number of the girl I was working with and then walking into Forest to use the phone booth on the right to make a date with another girl. Hey, I was 800+ miles from home where nobody knew me and much of my competition was sent to VIETNAM or GERMANY. I recall it rained all week and all the tissue paper displays were a mess............ 1967 was the year BEFORE all the FRISBEES appeared that became popular for the next 25 years. The SUPERBALL was big then. In SEPTEMBER 1967 Id have to dodge Superballs when I came home through the firedoor. Theyd be bouncing off the walls and the little wire mesh and glass window on the door was used as a strikezone. And walk through a cloud of pot smoke some days. (FALL 1967 song: & "Incense and Peppermints" ). A note on music: I dont think "Keep the Ball Rolling" hit the top ten until after the regular college football season was over in December 1967 yet it was the theme song all season long which shows how long one can here a song on the radio BEFORE it gets into the permanent records). ... Guys would be playing music in unisom at both ends of the hallway. Beatles (SGT PEPPER was new), Doors (Light My Fire was new), Hollies (Since 1966)...... REGISTRATION was done in the old fieldhousewhich had a dirt floor. Yould stand outside in the weather and wait for the THREE LETTERS of your last name were called. You'ld have a computer card. Then yould go from desk to desk while standing on line after lineas they took cards and gave you other cards. Of different colors. Then, finally, youd be out on the main huge dirt floor of the old fieldhousewith desks all around the edges for each department. A line for each. Then youd try to get the courses you wanted on your schedule, by standing on lines, handing them cards, getting cards back if you could get them. If your course was closed at the time you wanted youd try for another time. We would constantly have to juggle our planned schedules to get them all in. And freshmen had to take either a 730 am class two or three times a week or a class that met each Saturday at 830am and another day of the week..... MONDAY Oct 18,1999 316pm: The class registration line was also a good way to meet girls as one only had to pick any of dozens of lines, find one with a girl at the end, get behind her and start talking. You could also read her name and other info off her cards. (FALL 1967 song:& "Woman, Woman" & ). (These guys with their computer sign ups now cant do that.) (Note: Years later, my friend Fitz would call a girl on the phone, tell her he was the GREAT PUMPKIN, say that if she wanted to meet him she'd have to show up at the corner of 3rd and Jordan at 7am (!) with hot chocolate. It actually worked!.. .... I went to the FIRST FLING dance (I dont know if it survived the HIPPIE ERA, I know the tradition of ROTC cadets with rifles guarding the 'body' of Juan Purdue didnt. And i think the MISS I.U. CONTEST was also stopped after 1967) (FALL 1967 song: & "A Girl Like You." & ). I think the Firts Fling Dance was in the Memorial Union room where they also had the MADRIGALS. They had the first big DISCO BALL I ever saw turning while the rest of the room was pitch-black........ There was also a dance on Woodlawn Field but I never did find Woodlawn Field for some reason. In those days nothing had signs. (FALL 1967 song: & " I DIG Rock and Roll Music" ). ..... I was warned of the horrible STONIES who supposedly liked to beat up college kids for 'no reason'. (FALL 1967 song: &" I say a Little Prayer For Me. Forever. Forever.." &) Because of that I never went west of the stores of the square nor south of them until 1971. The STONIES also had a bar right across from the theatres on N.Walnut where some of them would yell at college kids and their dates waiting for movies. I pretty much kept away from the north of the square just in case. In NYC you dont challenge some other gangs turf. I never walked from the square stright up to the A&P on North College Ave. If I wanted to go to the A&P from town or to the A&W I'd walk only on the East side of North Walnut. I never heard of anyone else on my floor WALKING down College Ave or Walnut or west of town. HOWEVER, I do recall that before I had been told all these scary STONY stories I had walked, a couple of days after arrival, west from Wright Quad. Because, by definition, it would be the farthest west Id ever been. So I kept going until I ran out of sidewalk and finally saw this one road going off into the undeveloped distance with nothing but a couple of broken down shanty trailers along it and I stopped. Each time I returned in the 1990s I tried to find that road but nothing completely looked like it.I think it was 1971 before I walked far west again and south for the first time down Walnut St. The 'stonies' kept getting pushed back by the college people. Especially after the rule against cars was dropped. And very especially after the COLLEGE LOANS appeared and the school was flooded with new 'students' who would never have been accepted under the old rules. I could not find even one working class neighborhood in Bloomington in the 1990s after all that 'downsizing' and moves to Mexico by factories. And in September 1999 it became official that Bloomington, Indiana was the MOST EXPENSIVE place in America to rent in due to the huge disparity between wages and rents for workers. 10-18 340pm.. The movie BREAKING AWAY is about the disparity between the students of IU and the local stonies (They called them 'CUTTERS'). It was written and filmed by a guy who went there in the 1950s and became a friend of Wm Buckley but it takes place in 1979. On the IU ALUMNI site they asked for opinions on the movie and I said it was great that someone pointed it out BUT to place it in 1979 was an anachronism because by 1979 the college loans came out and the CUTTERS KIDS could now all borrow whatever they wanted to go to college so the condition that existed for over 150 years between the rich college kids and the poor townies no longer existed. .......... I recall buying the books I needed and they cost a fortune, especially since most were HARDCOVERS. My littlest class, ENGLISH COMP, which met on THURSDAYS and SATURDAYS (!) at 830am used the most books. I couldnt believe the stack I had for that one class. .... .... FIRST MEAL MENTIONED IN INDIANA DAILY STUDENT: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1967: I still recall the very first time I went up the Wright main bldg stairs, turned around, saw the line with my floor mates, waited on the line and what we were saying (One guy joked: "eat a lot of bread" as he claimed it was so bad. And in those days they had BOTH lines on opposite ends of the big main bldg and a ROW OF ADULT WOMEN as servers! Now there's one kid behind the counter and its all serve yourself outside in the main room. The kid does the special orders. Back then living in a dorm was mandatory so it was ALIVE and crowded and each GROWN WOMAN gave you one thing (you had choices though) and your tray would be filled to overflowing at the end when you got the coffee. THE MAIN THINGS ARE LISTED IN THE PAPER: Blended juice, stewed prunes, poached eggs, hot or cold cereal, toast, coffee, tea, milk. My first poached eggs. Later they would also have what was left over from the previous day as well and the food was unlimited. The milk was outside in the big machines and everyone mixed the whole with the chocolate as the chocolate was too rich. Ades were out there, too. !!!!!!But go to the IDS67 page for technicalities!!!!! The ONLY young person working the lunch line was one person sitting at a chair at the entrance checking the lunch cards, checking the list of numbers/names and counting with a clicker in one hand. I just pushed my tray along on that first day and grabbed whatever was closest without saying anything to anyone behind the counter as I was very self-conscious adidnt want to slow up the line and/or do or say anything stupid. They even had a 'bread machine' in those days designed something like the milk machine outside. It was metal with three types of bread inside vertically and one would lift up a handle and drop it with a clank and a slice would come down. White, rye, wheat. (Theyre gone now, just opened loaves thrown out on the tables outside. They laid-off all the local employees and the few jobs now go to the students). I watched someone else operate the machine before I tried it. ......... For some reason I was told somehow to report to the Astro Dept BEFORE classes began. So I found it and went inside a room next to the elevator. There was also a girl there. Prof Burkhead, I believe, and that would have been the first time I saw him, told us that to take A201 we had to take a special test to skip A100 and A105 as A201 was the first Trial By Fire REAL Astro course for people who wanted to be Astronomers/Astrophysicists. So I took it and one part was about the new Saturnian moon they just discovered in early 1967 named JANUS and i was at the HAYDN PLANETARIUM reading all about it. So I did well on the test. I dont recall if that girl was in my first class with me or not..........FIRST DAY OF CLASSES: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 1967:: My VERY FIRST COLLEGE CLASS, in the days when 'going to college' was something unheard of for kids without monied parents, was PHILOSOPHY 100. And I recall getting up and eating breakfast at the WRIGHT CAFETERIA with all the expensive murals on the walls. I then walked the few blocks from WRIGHT to WOODBURN HALL with a copy of PLATOS REPUBLIC under my arm. Just like they always portrayed college on TV and in the papers as the college kid always had that exact book. It was on the third floor of WOODBURN within easy view of the SHOWALTER FOUNTAIN. The room was the weirdest one I ever saw on campus and my image of a college classroom. It was two rooms wide yet half the size front to back. And there were three rows of chairs on three levels above the floor. So the PHILOSPHY PROF could lecture more easily and see everyone's face. I recall we always had to go to the right upon leaving and the hall was very thin. I went up to the third floor when I returned but the room was no longer there. It was now divided into offices. Everything about colleges now is much more high-schoolish due to it becoming open to everyone. Supply and Demand. I'll have to look up what my 930 was (Did I have one?). But my 1030am class was ASTRONOMY 201. (I had tested out of the two 100 level courses). Prof Burkhead was my first Astro Prof and he really looked like one with the big beard. It had about 50 students from all over in a crowded room. {{{{{Astro went something like: (A100 lecture hall of hundreds, A105 lecture hall of a hundred, A201 of 50, A202 of 25, 20, 15, 10, 6. And 3 to get the degree. }}}}}. ........... I had a GERMAN CLASS right after lunch in BALLANTINE HALL. That huge bldg, then the biggest one on campus was called the TOOTHPASTE BUILDING as it was built with the money from INVENTING FLOURIDE TOOTHPASTE which is now everywhere. To this day IU gets money from all toothpaste sold everywhere. In the 50s and 60s there was a TV commercial that said, "Developed and tested at a leading Midwestern university". That was IU. I think that for some reason I started that German class late or else a lot of the students already had German in high school. In those days FOREIGN LANGUAGE was mandatory and GERMAN was considered the language of science. Unfortunately, this nation lost a lot of great scientists because of that as people who are good at science tend to be terrible at foreign languages. Logic versus tradition. One side of the brain up and the other down. I hated the mindlessness of FOREIGN LANGUAGES. My German teacher whose name is now lost to time as the info I looke dup at IU in the 90s did not list individual TAs (Teaching Assistants) was always making us say things in German that knocked Bloomington. He also seemed to think that as I was from NYC I especially wouldnt like it. But I did like it. I didnt want to make waves with him, though............... I dont recall my whole schedule now but HUMAN GEOGRAPHY was my last course. It was also in WOODBURN but on the main floor where there were two big auditorium lecture halls. And on the walls of both were famous murals i had seen in art books painted during the GREAT DEPRESSION. I was shocked that anyone could run their hands along them. They stayed there until the 90s when they had to be removed due to the vandalization by the idiots they now allow into college. That course was so incredibly BORING. The prof didnt seem to give a damn and droned on and on very quietly. I sat near the front and even I couldnt hear him. It was a SOPHOMORE LEVEL course and I wondered how he could get away with it. He just looked down at the podium and read his notes with no emphasis. We learned nothing from him. The upperclassman sitting next to me brought me over to WILLKIE QUAD for the first time where he had a roomful of people trying to dodge the draft after graduation. I still have his name and number on a Freshman periodiacl the school gave me. Like DAN QUAYLE they were filling out NATIONAL GUARD applications. After that he showed me THE HIDEAWAY which was the big anti-war restaurant. It was where the big parking garage is now. Just a half block south of THIRD STREET from, I guess, the buildings just east of Swain Hall East. It had very high booths and someone singing with a guitar up front. I think that that was the ONLY time I was ever in it so I dont recall it well. ....... Each time I'd walk from PARKS WRIGHT to classes I'd pass the IU AUDITORIUM which was always showing a play with some weird GREEK NAME ON BANNERS. I thought it was something probably really strange and probably risque. ...... College was risque enough with CROSSTOWN PHARMACY selling magazines like RAMPARTS and EVERGREEN which were considered 'commie'mags by both the Conservatives and Populist working class Catholics I knew. Naturally, 800+ (I thought it was over 1,000) miles from family, I bought the forbidden magazines. (Theyre right near my bed, now)....... We were also able to take FENCING and ARCHERY my Freshman Year which was also what I thought college would be. (Like in "The Student Prince"). And I really got into those, buying my own equipment. Fencing was taught downstairs at the OLD FIELDHOUSE (Which was the ONLY Fieldhouse then, unless the new one was just built) where there was a long room that bent around in an "L" and an ancient classroom in a hall for tests. Its all modern now and houses WEIGHT TRAINING equipment. Mon 10-18 514pm .....Wed 10-20: {{{Waiting for Roland }}} On SUNDAYS we had to dress up to eat! I dont recall if we were warned of this but I had to borrow a tie until I got one of my own. Still, looking back, I now like that we did. Nowadays, college is just an extension of high school and these people now have no idea what a special thing it was back then. I would NEVER have wanted to go to college if it were in the 60s what it now is in the 90s: just 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th 'grade' of High School but four years now expected of everyone that everyone has to get in DEBT for! The Sunday meals were very elaborate and one was in a room of well-dressed people but after the first couple of times I did what most guys did and didnt bother with it. We all slept late on Sundays and didnt want to set a clock and then have to get all dressed up and then change again to regular clothes. Especially on our only day off to sleep late (We had those Saturday Morning classes at 830am) ...... There was NO Sunday night meal. The people from Indiana would often go home for the weekend or the parents would show up to take them out to eat at 6pm. Usually the latter as most students could not or did not have cars. I always used to walk from my room acroos the courtyard to the WRIGHT SNACK BAR and order the same two burgers and coffee or soda each time. They would wrap them up in foil for my walk back. There is another of those things in my life that I did again and again and again so many times that its burned into my brain and Ill remember forever like yesterday. Seems that if one does something repeatedly like that over months it always seems like a 'present' thing. I feel like the last time I did it was last week and its been since June 1968. 31 years! ( When I returned to IU in 1991 I found the snackbar CLOSED!!! for renovations!!! Had I returned just ONE year earlier i could have eaten in it again!! I missed it by a few months after all those years!! When i returned in 1992 it was COMPLETELY different and jutted out into the hallway and had tables. With us it was a doorway and a counter inside and, perhaps, a thing on which to push a tray to the right, and then the register and out another door. It wasnt big enough to call a room as it was just wide enough to walk along to the right when one got inside. Now its a big fancy room and one goes in to the counter bend around one corner and one can see the same doorway which is now where they cook in the back. Other doorway is gone. There was not yet a BURGER KING by the RR trestle in 1967. On rare occasions Id eat elsewhere or have stuff delivered. It seemed like a LONG walk to the Mall area back then. Wed 10-20 141pm (( Roland, where are you?))



My Snazzy List of Links

YORK HIGH SR.ADDENDA -------------: In case you finished first trip to IU first.------
MAP OF BLOOMINGTON: Courthouse Square is at E.Kirkwood/N.Walnut
Calendar for 1967:
IU general:
IU photos and stuff:
IU map: This map is almost worthless. Have to find another.
IU-Bloomington:
INFO ABOUT AUTUMN 1967: Weather in Bloomington, Indiana etc.
NOTES from IU newspapers of Autumn 1967: Classes starting, lunchroom, movies, etc.