Where did the Berkeley Public Library get the image of Grace Slick with Janis Joplin? Is it in the public domain? Probably not.
Images of the anti Viet Nam war parade from Civic Center in San Francisco to Golden Gate Park where Crosby, Stills and Nash played would help spruce up the intern's novel.
Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe did a marvelous job of describing life in 'Frisco (the intern says "Don't ever call it 'Frisco! But Belle's memoirs with numerous photo images will give them a run for their money). Belle asked, "Do any literary agents read your columns?".
If this column mentions Eddie Adams' photo of the Saigon Police Chief shooting a Viet Cong in the head, most readers will be able to recall that particular image. It would be an easy matter to pirate a copy to use with this column but tracking down the image owners to get permission to use it here would be an impossible bureaucratic task.
Missing snapshots can unlock floodgates of memories. Some of the missing images may surface years from now but novelists can fictionalize the details and proceed quickly to the next chapter.
Hunter S. Thompson wrote his memoirs as a novel and hence eliminated the time consuming task of having the work fact checked. Did the WLJ learn anything from H.S.T.?
What good does examining the details and motivations for the anti Viet Nam protest do for today's audience? George Santayana said, "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it ".
The WLJ and the summer intern expect to provide photo and word coverage of any San Francisco-Berkeley based protest objecting to sending troops and drones to Syria. Stay tuned!
(While collecting material to be used in this weeks posting we speculated about the feasibility of a convention of /for hippies while they are still alive and can come to it (at the Bill Graham"s Mole Hall Civic Auditorium?))
Now the Disc Jockey will play Fixing to Die Rag, Eve of Destruction and Son of a b*tch.
Have a "Those were the days my friend" kind of week. AMF