Friday, January 15, 2010

It's Everybody Can Bite Me Friday!

I keep my old journals in a toy chest I got at a thrift store here in L.A. I used to fold all sorts of memorabilia from my trips, my career and my love life into the pages of each one.

Today I have a large typed note on the inside of the lid that reads IF YOU'VE OPENED THIS AND I'M DEAD THEN BURN THE CONTENTS OR I WILL COME BACK AND HAUNT YOU AND THAT MEANS YOU MOM.

I was looking for something the other day. Some remnant of my past, a reminder of a life well-lived, a Best Of Suzy. In the process I found pieces of people I hadn't thought of in a long time.

I live-tweeted about the ex I found in one journal and what I found out about him on Google. I remembered him as the guy who rented a helicopter and flew me to Atlantic City, the guy who always tied me up with his neckties. Google remembered him much differently. And not as fondly.

Then I found this:

Jerry Rubin, founder of the Yippie Movement in the 60's and one of the infamous Chicago 8 was now legit and giving salons in New York City. I have no idea how we met but we obviously traveled in similar circles at some point in time. Whenever I was at one of his parties I would stare at him from across the room and think, "Holy crap, that guy WAS the 60's." I could never quite believe he was now the host of civil get-togethers for New Yorkers. He was and still is widely misquoted as the guy who said "Never trust anyone over 30."

Jerry died in 1994 after being hit by a car on Wilshire Blvd. here in Los Angeles.

I always thought what an unfitting death it was for someone who made such a large footprint within our counter-culture. In the days when people hit the barricades, walked the picket lines, cherry-bombed the police. He woke up the sleeping mediocrity that is suburbia and screamed Attention Must Be Paid. The Government Has It All Wrong. Stop The Madness We Want To Get Off.

And then he passed the hors d'oeuvres.

17 comments:

  1. i adored that post.

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  2. Just to clarify--that comment in no way implies that you don't also have an awesome present and future.

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  3. Anonymous8:04 PM

    I met him at a Hollywood party, as I was friends w/Anita Hoffman (Abbie’s ex-wife) and Paul Krassner. Did/do you know Paul? He used to do standup more at art galleries than clubs, but wrote one of the funniest things I ever heard.I will paraphrase it for you:

    “They have re-opened the investigation into the John F. Kennedy assassination and conspiracy. In fact, Ruby’s casket was re-opened. Inside they found Mort Sahl.”

    Aloha
    MJ

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  4. What a life you've lived!

    I'm at loose ends with what to do with my journals. Carrie says to burn them, because who wants to think of someone reading all about your neuroses after you die. I agree but can't seem to bring myself to destroy them.

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  5. -->I love hearing about all of your old boyfriends and friends.

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  7. Hey Miss. Supercool post. You could write a book. And I could read it. Kay?

    Cheers,

    SLC

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  8. Anonymous11:48 AM

    此處是值得一探究竟的好部落格!!........................................

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  9. I was going to sign in as Anonymous, since so many who love you seem to have done that on this post, but I really want you to know it's me saying this: You sent Jerry a "responsible" list? Of what?

    Yeah, sad that such a cool guy died that way and so soon. He really was interesting.

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  10. Anonymous5:57 AM

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  11. That is a wicked cool post. Wind generators, solar panels and neckties, oh my. Seriously, share some more of your amazing life?

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  12. And how are your poor eye and your face? Are you healing well?

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  13. you screwed Jerry Rubin? My sex life is so boring it's pathetic. Have you ever heard of David Silverman? Like I was saying..

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  14. You really should write a book!

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  15. I love how you dole this stuff out slowly on your blog.

    Fascinating.

    You are awesome.

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  16. Here's where it really originated:
    (from Respectfully Quoted at Bartleby.com)
    AUTHOR: Jack Weinberg
    QUOTATION: We have a saying in the movement that we don’t trust anybody over 30.
    ATTRIBUTION: JACK WEINBERG, twenty-four year old leader of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, California, interview with San Francisco Chronicle reporter, c. 1965. Weinberg later said he did not actually believe the statement, but said it as a kind of taunt to a question asking if there were outside adults manipulating the organization.—The Washington Post, March 23, 1970, p. A1.

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