Category Memoirs in Progress

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, My First Bust, Part I

Chapter Four THE FREE SPEECH MOVEMENT I first heard about the Free Speech Movement from my lunch-mates at Oakland City College. We had already been following the Mel’s Diner, “auto row” and “hotel” sit-ins in San Francisco that brought on the FSM, and we were excited that these events meant that now one need not […]

Footnotes to Chapter Six

FOOTNOTES TO CHAPTER SIX 1Mead, Margaret. 1972. Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years. New York: Morrow. p. 271. 2Mead, Margaret. 1970. Culture and Commitment: a Study of the Generation Gap. Garden City, NY: Natural History Press. 3Frank, Pat. 1959. Alas, Babylon. New York: HarperCollins. 4Cf. Polmar, Norman. 2001. The U-2 History. Minneapolis: Zenith Press. 5Berreman, Gerald. […]

Chapter Six, Wars and Rumors of Wars, Part 3

The demo that fizzled Whereas most of the VDC events were hugely successful, such as the teach-ins and the marches to Oakland, there were also a number of creative but less spectacular smaller actions and some that failed ridiculously as well. Of the former, Gerard de Groot writes:   The VDC were not bungling anarchists. […]

Chapter Six, Wars and Rumors of Wars, Part 2

The Vietnam Day Committee The Vietnam Day Committee (VDC) was the first political organization in which I was involved after my arrest in the Free Speech Movement. I had been greatly relieved when that controversy was over and I was eager to focus my entire attention on becoming, against all odds at that time and […]

Chapter Six, Wars and Rumors of Wars, Part 1

Chapter Six  WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS Anthropologist Margaret Mead recounts in her biography her reaction to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She writes that she took the only copy of the manuscript she had been working on for years and “tore up every page,” because she felt that that one event would change the […]