YORK 1970

JUNE 1970_____ JULY 1970_____ AUGUST 1970____ ::::::: JUNE 1970: MOVIE REVIEWS OF JUNE 1970: Battle of Algiers, June 4,,, Cotton Comes to Harlem June 11,,, Patton June 14,,, The Strawberry Statement June 16,,, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever June 18,,, Catch-22 June 19,,, Kellys Heroes June 24,,, Two Mules for Sister Sara June 25,,, Myra Breckenridge June 25,,, MONDAY June 1: Martial law in Cambodia,,, worst floods in history of Europe,,, Supreme Ct rules fed judges can bar strikes when contracts have no-strike provisions,,, TUESDAY JUNE 2: George Wallace wins Alabama primary run-off,,, WEDNESDAY JUNE 3: Swed premier Olaf Palme in USA,,, Nixon says Cambodian Incursion to be withdrawn on Tuesday June 30,,,, First synthesis of a human gene,,, THURSDAY JUNE 4: Tonga independant,,,, L-dopa approved,,, FAMED UNIV. OF INDIANA BASKETBALL COACH BRANCH MCCRACKEN DIES AT AGE 61 IN BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA,,, FRIDAY JUNE 5: Agnew attacks news media,,, North American Rockweel gets contract to build B-1 bomber,,, Unemployment up to 5%,,, SATURDAY JUNE 6, D-DAY: High Echelon wins Belmont Stakes,,, SUNDAY JUNE 7: 40,000 march in StL to support Viet War,,, Emmy Awards: Robt Young, Susan Hampshire, Peter Ustinov, Patty Duke,,, MONDAY JUNE 8: Dr Maslow, psych, dies,,, DeGaulle/Franco meet for first time,,, Soviet/Portugueses officials meet for first time,,, TUESDAY JUNE 9: Yassar Arafat elected commander of forces and pres of PLO in Jordan,,, Harry Blackman sworn in for Supr Ct,,, THURSDAY JUNE 11: Alexander Kerensky, President of Russia in 1918, dies in NYC,,, First two women become generals,,, SATURDAY JUNE 13: HHH to run for McCarthys Senate seat,,, SUNDAY JUNE 14: East Harlem Puerto Rican 'rampage',,, TUESDAY JUNE 16: Charles Manson case begins,,, Ken Gibson, black, elected Mayor of Newark, NJ,,, Galbraith calls for 6 month freeze on wages and prices,,, Chic Bear Brian Piccolo dies of cancer,,, WEDNESDAY JUNE 17: IN ADDRESS TO NATION NIXON CALLS FOR WAGE-PRICE RESTRAINT BUT NOT MANDATORY. Nixon also eases oil import quotas,,, THURSDAY JUNE 18: House passes bill for US POSTAL SERVICE,,, No progress at Paris Peace talks for 5th straight week,,, SATURDAY JUNE 19: Dusk to dawn curfew lifted in Miami, black riots,,, First of series of spy satellites launched,,, Air Force to deploy MIRV,,, Three Cosmonauts make new space record of 17 days,,, Bombs blast two Berkeley banks,,, SATURDAY JUNE 20: UCLA gets NCAA outdoor track and field title,,, Agnew attacks 'advocates of surrender', including McGovern, Kennedy, Fulbright,,, New Conserv PM Edward Heath appts cabinet,,, SUNDAY JUNE 21: Sukarno dies at age 69,,, PENN CENTRAL GRANTED PERMISSION TO REORGANIZE UNDER FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY LAWS,,, TUESDAY JUNE 23: Prince Charles gets first college degree by a British heir to throne,,, THURSDAY JUNE 25: AMA VOTES TO APPROVE ABORTIONS FOR SOCIAL AND HEALTH REASONS,,, Columnist Robert Spivak dies at 55,,, FRIDAY JUNE 26: Former Czech CP First Sect expelled by party,,, UNs 25th Anniversary celebrated in SF,,, SUNDAY JUNE 28: Three days of violence in N.Ireland leave 5 dead,,, MONDAY JUNE 29: Biennial convention of Lutheran Church in America approves the ordination of women,,, US FORCES WITHDRAW FROM CAMBODIA A DAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE,,, Harold Wilson becomes leader of British Labor Party,,, TUESDAY JUNE 30: MAJOR'S 11th and LAST BIRTHDAY,,, Riverfront Stadium opens and Reds lose to Braves 8-2 (Reds would win pennant),,, Bell Telephone introduces a picture phone in Pittsburgh,,, SENATE ADOPTS 58-37 THE COOPER-CHURCH AMENDMENT TO LIMIT US TROOP INVOLVEMENT IN CAMBODIA, FIRST SUCH LIMIT ON A PRESIDENT. BILL ALSO REPEALS AUGUST 1964 GULF OF TONKIN RESOLUTION THAT STARTED IT ALL,,, Two John Birch Sociey members elected to Congress,,, 3-7-00,,, ________ JUNE 1970: I either got back from IU in late May or early June 1970. I guess I just missed the death of Branch McCracken (see above). This was the worst time of my life. The economics to keep me in college completely collapsed after all the worrying I went through. My parents went broke by moving to York. I couldn't earn enough to get back quickly. I was already a year behind in my studies from 1969. In Astrophysics/Astronomy its tough enough to compete in the first place if one HAS money to stay and one does NOT have to drop out for a year and forget everything. And now I was immersed in an area where I could see that others my age were continuing to have normal lives without constant worry about achieving so much. They had drivers licenses and cars and good paying union jobs and regular girlfriends or wives and kids and homes of their own and went to all the places and did all the things that people who were normal in York did and went to. I was a complete freak with none of the normal things one had to have to get along in York because everything had gone towards college instead. And I knew I would just have to keep living that outside freakish way for many years to come in order to try to keep up with those monied college kids- and in the toughest major as well! My ulcer was no better. Thurs 3-16-00: A year of waiting is also an incredibly long time at that age. Nowadays a year is nothing. Back then it was like ten years, especially as my whole sense of self-worth had been connected to it while simultaneously not believing I could afford to pay so much and do without a real life for so many years. I wonder now when Astro started changing from something I loved as a kid to something I 'had' to do? When I hit puberty? When I started getting popular? When I started realizing how much money it would cost? When I started realizing how long Id have to do without a normal life? And when did it dawn on me that it takes more than just a bachelors degree? My guess now is that I really loved Astro from before Kindergarten throughout my years in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. But when I moved to Astoria, Queens I was terrorized so much by that insane teacher and the same evil classmates from age nine to age fourteen that my mind was increasingly damaged and I went from loving planets to needing to be a scientist just to patch my broken ego. Whatever, the super-student who loved school and loved studying and doing homework and loved Astro from when he learned to read way before Kindergarten to 4th grade was an erratic mess later on. And puberty and watching stupider teens having fun while still young did not help. I also went from being a great student to being a pain in the ass to my teachers and profs at times. After missing a full year, missing still another one was really going to ruin me and I knew it. In the sciences each thing is built upon the thing before unlike many majors where one could forget the previous info and just learn the new stuff. A History major could forget all he knew about the 16th Century while learning about the 19th century. But in Physics, Math, and Chemistry one is actually being tested on every class that came before constantly. To really add to my troubles was the fact that I owed a college loan and to drop out for the 1970-71 school year meant I was now supposed to pay back the old loan or default and never get another! That was an extremely dangerous catch-22 to get caught up in. Another thing to open my ulcer about. But I had no money for 70-71 and couldnt get any either. I would be eligibale for another loan in 71-72 MAYBE yet not if I worked 70-71. Because it was based upon 'need'. If I spent an alrerady miserable year working with more obnoxious idiots I would not be eligible for another year later. Not that I could pass a physical to get a job in the first place. By this time I was completely embittered by my screwed-up situation. This was also when the "Women and Minorities" bigotry was starting in which the poorer white-males were backstabbed to make up for the richer white-males who had money. I went really into a Black Depression during 70-71. Every day from June 1970 to August 1971 was like an eternity. I would get up each morning and just not know what to do with myself. I'd just walk the streets and hang around marking time as in a waiting room for every second for 16 hours a day for about 450 useless days of embittered depression now outweighing the worry. I just said screw it. I no longer believed I had any chance of making it to my degree. Not at the financial rate I was going and the ulcer I was carrying. Missing twenty-seven MONTHS to get just ONE semester in was ridiculous and it looked like that rate would stay that way with the rarity of college loans back then. And we couldnt even both work and save while also getting a loan. It was either work and pay back OR work and not get a loan OR not work and get a loan. One couldnt get ahead. College was still designed for the rich and either your parents had money or you were screwed. I started college about ten/fifteen years before the college loan situation opened up so far any moron could get all the money he wanted and any jerk could get into college as the colleges wanted that loan money. On the one hand the pre-loan era scrwed my chances. On the other hand I at least got to see what REAL college life was like before colleges were watered down to the level of high schools. These kids who went the last 20+ years will never know what real college was really like. 3-16-00: Well, I went back to doing a lot of walking. I recall that at some time I read in the paper an article about people like me and there was even a name for it but its long forgotten. People who had srewed up heads from too much pressure and worry and who couldnt stay still because of it but who had all this nervous energy and had to walk and walk and walk as if they were trying to walk away from it. People caught in various Catch-22s (a brand new term then due to the book and movie) who were "pacing the cage" like zoo animals and couldnt find a way out as the things they had to do were contradictory. In the days Id always walk downtown. Where else? York isnt NYC. Hang around there. At night Id go out through the old Hannah Penn walk again: out onto Cottage Place, to the end of it where the big field is, to the left through the Hannah penn Junior High School campus with its weird futuristic round bldg. Out the other side to Poplar St. Down to South Sherman or diagonally thru the weird little flat 'projects'. Up the steep hill to Sherman/Markets busy intersection with York Bank. Down Sherman to area where I lived in 66-67 and where my fathers relatives were. To the Allen Field softball courts and the little gas station with its junk foods. Later home at night the same way. Back then the walk was still safe on that side of town. I recall I always considered the south side of Hannah Penn campus to be on MY side of town and the other side to be THEIR side of town. I must have done that back and forth 20 times a month every month or more. ,,, At some point I discovered the little soda fountain counter candy store at Jackson/Pershing just 1 1/2 blocks southwest of my house thru the alley and went in for coffee on the far end of the counter a few times,,, Way out on East Market street five miles from home was the Mr Donut on East Market Street. I went out there many times really late at night. Walked all the way. Much lnger to do now as one has to avoid most of the city and go miles around. Back then I could go all the way down Cottage and then instead of going thru Hannah Penn I'd go right of it along Boundary Ave all the way to Hill Street and then north on it as far as the then ALL NIGHT LINCOLN HIGHWAY GARAGE RESTAURANT. I could stop there any time either way late at night and then go on Market to Mr Donut way out of town. Five miles. The manager of Mr Donut was actually named Herbert Hoover! He later lost his business when the govt put an 'island' on Market street so people could not turn across the other lane to get in,,, Going back at night when very late I would often stop in the all-night laundromat on Mt Rose avenue. Id go back along Market to Hill at Lincoln Garage, turn back south on hill, turn off hill right on Mt Rose and just before reaching the angular Boundary avenue, there was the all-night laundromnat with coffee machines. But it wasnt until the garage restaurant stopped being open all-night that I made that regular,,, Walked to York County Shopping Center and York Mall jsut past Mr Donut many times a month,,, Went downtown daily to 5&10s and drugstores,,, I was just marking time. No money. Nothing to do due to weird loan rules,,, Saw a LOT of softball games at the old Allen Field green bleachers by myself,,, Few guys I knew in the short time I was in York High before moving on from NYC to Indiana wewre all gone: Most in military, some at college, a couple married and away,,, I rarely saw Skip anymore. One day I think I was walking on South George and thought I saw him drive by!!! He never knew how to drive! Where did he get the car? He made 90c an hour at that drugstore. Finally, I think I met him at his old house on South George and he told me he was married and I laughed as I thought he was joking. he naver went out with a girl. Instead of saying, "No really, I am", he got pissed and said, "Okay, dont believe me" and hopped in the car and left. Later I found out he really DID get married! Some girl asked him to a Xmas party in 1969 and he went. He immediately got physical with her and just like that she got pregnant the first time and they got married. That meant it started when we were hanging tpgether in late 1969 and he didnt say a word to me, not that it was my business, but weird that there was no evidence. I almost never saw him after that. That made 70-71 REALLY bad. Dennis was either still in the military or he had returned and was going back for his high school diploma which really impressed my mother. I forget which but I saw him only rarely as well. ,,, March 16,2000:


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