Author Archives: Jentri

Chapter 9, Counterculture, Part III

Provo Park When the Haight-Ashbury began to become more unpleasant than pleasant, and we went there less and less, I was not overly impacted because Berkeley was generating its own Hippie Hill in a place called Provo Park. Provo Park is not to be confused with People’s Park. The former, located downtown near City Hall, […]

Chapter 9, Counterculture, Part II

One toke over the line My history with the herb, because of the nature of the herb, has become much clearer in retrospect. It is well known that the effects of marijuana can be so subtle that inexperienced users are not aware of them at the time. My first experience, as I have described, was […]

Chapter 9, Counterculture

Three years after my second graduation from UC Berkeley, I could be found living in the woods of Humboldt County with my child., 200 miles north of the city and two miles from the nearest hard road. For the next eight years, with the exception of a six-month job-related stay in Eureka, I lived the […]

Notes on Berkeley in the Sixties film

A presentation that accompanied the viewing of the film at Southern Oregon State University in Eugene, Oregon, September 27, 1996, transcribed from the tape. One of the subjects I have been asked to address especially today is the historical split between the New Left and the counter-culture. I would refer you especially to the foootage […]

Memoirs in Progress, Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Note: Since blogs entries are posted backwards as to date, and I did not post these chapters in sequence, this table of contents is provided to assist any readers wishing to read in the proper sequence. I have categorized them all under “memoirs in progress,” but you still have to look for […]

Chapter Seven, Escalation, Part 2

People’s Park The event that finally convinced me that there were other places on earth besides Berkeley was the battle over People’s Park. By that time, I had had just about all I could take. I was making a conscious effort to pull myself away from the worst of the politics, because I really wanted […]

Chapter Seven, Escalation, Part I

Chapter Seven ESCALATION As the war escalated in Vietnam, opposition to it escalated on campus. On December 1, 1966 a student strike was called. According to a chronology from the Free Speech Movement Archives website, five thousand students boycotted classes to protest Navy recruitment on campus. What I remember protesting as much as the fact […]

Chapter 8, Meanwhile, Back in the Department, Part II

Sayonara, Berkeley Whereas it took Lynn a year after the Rose Garden declaration to get out of Berkeley, John and I were actually gone within two weeks. Since it was near the end of the semester, I wrapped up my course obligations and we took off, just ahead of the revolution, we thought–it was that […]

Chapter 8, Meanwhile, Back in the Department, Part I

Chapter Eight MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE DEPARTMENT By the time People’s Park happened, I had been a grad student for three quarters. That I had been admitted at all was clearly another tour de force from Gerry Berreman, but  nevertheless surrounded in some mystery. Billy and Cowan both claimed that they had threatened their mentor, […]

Chapter 4, The Free Speech Movement, Part 2

Last one standing If I can claim anything at all unique about my FSM bust, it is that I was the very last bustee to leave Sproul Hall. I am utterly certain of that because I planned it. As the last group was taken out of the holding cell in the basement, I happened to […]