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Dead people, iconic 60s

August 9, 2015
John Herman and Skip Reising play guitar on a porch in Seattle in 1969.  Bill Yenne photographed them when they had time off from working on the crabbing boat.

John Herman and Skip Reising play guitar on a porch in Seattle in 1969. Bill Yenne photographed them when they had time off from working on the crabbing boat.

My next approach to writing about our universe will be to pick on a variety of important people in my life and write their stories, just as I remember them, leaving out nothing. Of course, such an approach is dangerous, so I’ll make sure to write only about dead people, like my mother, like my aunts, like my friends, teachers. Just dead people that I admired. Most readers will not know much about any of these people and the few that know anything at all will be easy to silence by pressing a button on my computer or clicking a mouse.
I thought another attack would be themes on “Americana.”
P. and I have traveled some to a variety of countries: Chile, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Turkey, France and Japan. Not in that order. I have noticed a certain romanticizing of our western culture. In Japan in 1972 I used to walk by the “Silver Dollar Bar,” catering to homesick Marines. It occurs to me that the “hippie culture” of the 60s has also been romanticized. Its roots were San Francisco, Seattle, Missoula. These are places I visited in that period.

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