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InterGloss of 1971-72, page 1: Anti-war movement to Dupont Circle

A weblinked glossary of terms from 1971 and 1972, as they appear in my as yet unpublished novel, Nickel Fare. This book is not available yet, but my first novel, The Shriek and the Rattle of Trains, is. Take a look at it elsewhere on my blog. And for now, browse through life in the deep dark past. It wasn’t half-bad, really.


NOTE: the glossary had to be broken up into separate pages, otherwise, the search engines would banish it for having far too many links. The first page goes from A-D, anti-war to Dupont Circle, a logical progression, really.

Washington Post article

Washington Post article

Anti-War Movement : The defining factor in creating the political mindset of the baby boomers was the War in Vietnam and attitudes toward it. In some parts of the United States, children grew up in a strictly controlled environment that gave them little room to oppose the status quo. In other places, the university centers and the big cities, young people became part of a rebellious movement that spread out to every corner of the country. Opposition to this war was the centerpiece of that movement.

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Neighborhood of Central Brooklyn. Bedford-Stuyvesant occupies a large part of the borough, and has sometimes been called the largest black community in the United States. However, in recent years, it has attracted people of various backgrounds, and it is returning to the multi-ethnic character of its past. The name is a mouthful, and is sometimes shortened to Bed-Stuy.

One of the largest neighborhoods of South Brooklyn. It is known as a largely Italian and Jewish area, conservative and insular.

BMT: Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit. One of the three subway divisions of the New York City Subway. The designations BMT, IRT and IND are no longer used officially, but still persist in the imagination of older New Yorkers, and in the mosaic signage of some stations.

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Navy Yard

The Brooklyn Navy Yard: Founded in 1801 as the United States Navy Yard, it was for a long time the largest shipbuilding facility in the U.S. At its peak during World War II, the Navy Yard employed 70,000 people. Click on the photo to see the National Archive collection of historic Brooklyn Navy Yard photos on Flickr.

Calabash Boom: A small, secluded settlement on the island of St. John, in the Virgin Islands. It is located on Coral Bay, across the island from the main town, Cruz Bay.

Teaching of Don Juan

Don Juan at Amazon

Carlos Castaneda: Enigmatic novelist very popular during the late 60s and early 70s for his books exploring Mexican shamanism, especially The Teachings of Don Juan, (1968), and A Separate Reality, (1971). His stories were literally believed, a situation which he expertly exploited. As one indication of the power of this book, Amazon lists 99 customer reviews of The Teachings, on its webpage dedicated to this book. Take a look and take a look inside the book by clicking the image.

Chase Plaza: a large skyscraper completed in 1961 which is nestled in the Financial District north of Wall Street.

Cumberland Hospital: A neighborhood hospital in the Fort Green section of Brooklyn. It has served as a community hospital for over 100 years.

The Daily News: A large circulation tabloid daily newspaper in New York City. It’s thick Sunday edition is very popular for its magazine, comics and many features.

The Death of Hippie: a “happening” of sorts, it was a mock funeral celebrated in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco on October 6, 1967. A broadside distributed at the event stated, “H/Ashbury was portioned to us by Media-Police and the tourists came to the Zoo to see the captive animals and we growled fiercely behind the bars we accepted and now we are no longer hippies and never were.” The mock funeral celebrated not the end of ideals and beliefs but hippie commercialism and its ultimate core site, the Haight-Ashbury.

Desecheo seen from Rincon

Desecheo seen from Rincon

(From the “Selling of the Lower East Side” website, linked above.

Desecheo Island : a small, uninhabited island in the Mona Passage, between the islands of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti). It is a National Wildlife Refuge and it is visible from the town of Rincon. Click on the picture to see some satellite images.

Dondi, the comic strip : This comic was still very popular at the time of this story, though it was probably already losing ground to newer strips. For a time it was the cover comic on the Sunday Daily News.

Dondi, the tag artist : Dondi White, 1961-1998. Began by scribbling his name inside the subway cars of the 14th St.- Canarsie line at an extremely young age, and by the time he was in his midteens he had graduated to full color extravaganzas that grew bigger and bigger till they covered the entire length of

One of his most upsetting creations

One of his most upsetting creations

a Brooklyn bound subway car, windows and all (see picture). He was a pioneer in a style which soon became the focus of heated controversy, but eventually spread all over the world. The Dondi White Foundation raises funds for AIDS prevention and services for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Dupont Circle : A well know traffic circle that is a landmark in Washington, D.C. It is the anchor of an upscale community. It is also the site of some historic events in the American protest movement. It is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave., Connecticut Ave., New Hampshire Ave., P Street, and 19th Street.


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