Monthly Archives: March 2006

Half Moon Rising

A little bit of Albany history… By the beginning of the 20th century, Albany had become an important, versatile transportation center connecting major markets throughout the Northeast, just as the railroads were beginning to surpass riverboats as the primary mode … Continue reading

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School of Hard Rocks, Part II

On the way to my first day at Schuyler I had to walk past McCloskey High, and felt a twinge of shame and sadness as I waved and said hello to a number of good friends and former fellow students. … Continue reading

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The Same Spring

Springtime now and that magic scent is in the air, that rising perfume of softening earth and newcoming life that still tells me, even 60 years later – even in Japan – that it’s time for me and my buddies … Continue reading

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Hot Rod Fever

Blandly mothertakes him strollingby railroad and by river-he’s the son of the abscondedhot rod angel-and he imagines carsand rides them in his dreamsxxx– from Wild Orphan by Allen Ginsberg I was daydreaming about current events while Mrs. Taylor droned on … Continue reading

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The End of the Dark Ages

Back in 1956, when it had been dark for over a thousand years, a primal scream to match the one that had been building in the breasts of white America since way before the Middle Ages pulsed out over local … Continue reading

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School of Hard Rocks

I must have been staring at that page for a good ten minutes. It remained as blank as my mind, except for the few shards of information I was able to scratch out at the top: name, date, subject, school. … Continue reading

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Cold Warriors

“…and these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange even to the men who used them.” The World Set Free, H.G.Wells, 1914 I can still recall standing on the couch next to Mom, looking out … Continue reading

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