The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 20, 1967 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 20, 1967
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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, June 29, 1967 •- Page Tnm Psychedelicatessen Breakfast at Noon By JOHN VINOCUR NE\V YORK (AP) - The Psy- chedelicatessen opens for breakfast about noon and although it would seem painfully square to do anything so quiet and reasonable, queuing up outside are for New York hippies. There is Sid the Girl, Groover in his buckskin leggings, barefoot Krina, and Jimmy in his grease-stained buccaneer outfit, a bent paper clip threaded through his right ear like Mr. Clean. They go in past the tourists, sniff at the shop's incense stock and after a proper interval get at the mystery question. Where's the food? It is asked softly because the Psychedelica- tessen has no license to sell food and Swede, the owner, says the whole notion would terribly upset the fuzz. This is Avenue A and Eighth Street, once the East Side melting pot and now a thoroughfare in the city's hippie turf. Some sightseeing buses have put it on their itinerary between the Stock Market and Chinatown. Depending on the traveler's viewpoint, it promises a sad freakshow or an enclave of hope arid adventure. Today, breakfast is half-hidden behind the counter—five or six cartons of milk and a brown paper bag splitting with onion rolls. It is out of sight of the tourists who come into the Psy- chedelicatessen for LSD-inspired art, joss stick, poster of swarmis and Allen Ginberg, Kleenex and a hundred other hip accessories. Swede, an old-timer who members the days when he was just a beatnik, sets out breakfast for free. He says it is main ly for the babies hippies, the teenage runaways who are just getting into the East Village scene. They are trying to save their milk and roll money for marijjuana and LSD. Swede approves such thrift. Cathy, his salesgirl, is not so charitable. Despite her African print bloomer suit, she can get very middle class about things like an arrest in the store that might disturb the tourists. She figures Jimmy as cop bait. He is 16 and has a face that invites frisking. Go on, get the hell out," Cft- thy says. Jimmy exits onto Avenue A. About the same time, a man with an Indian feather in his hair and a woman with an Apache sweatband wrapped around her forehead are entering a commercial building five blocks away from the Psychede- lieatessen. They are older than Jimmy, have figured out how to get their own breakfast, and now spend the days in their tribal home, a loft where about 30 senior hippies have banded together for a unified, totally apolitical communal life. Most have dropped like arrows from the middle class and consider themselves the fulfillment of an Indian prophecy that the Shoshone nation one day would be reincarnated as white men. I was a frigid Midwestern housewife," says Karen who re- wears Tonto-type beads 'around her neck and dresses her 3-year- old son Bobby in a golden cape. You know, my brain was so bad I couldn't even read Time magazine. Then I just dropped out, came East, started smoking and all the cobwebs went. Marijuana lifted myself out of myself." Look at me," says Peter, now dressing in a gray pharmacist's coat trimmed with bells after eight years teaching at the University of Wisconsin. The secret, man, is just to ride along with the flow of life. I haven't made a decision or read a book since I dropped out and made the tribe." Both are members of the Group Image, one of the tribes like The Third World, Pablo and The Family Store that have their membership kicking in for rent and supplies. The Third World has a three- story building on the Bowery, a truck, an electric frying pan, thousands of dollars of film equipment and apprentices who pay $25 a month to use it and inhale the tribal life. Pablo sells dresses and jewelry through a "joy dispenseria" while its people work on electronic light shows in its studios. Only The Family Store, which shares a building with a sausage factory, operate mostly as a flophouse for baby hippies like Jin my and Groover. It has a Big Daddy, who says he works for IBM. He pays most of the rent. The Group Image is the most ambitious and vigorous of the families. It has Its own rock band beginning to play uptown discotheques for ?2,000 weekent tecs, a graphics shop that does the band's publicity and subcontracts work for other firms, a darkroom, an interest in the publication of a psychedelic magazine and even a corporate name—Group Image Enterprises. There is an intertribal council, an intertribal newsletter and a system of tithes on the owners of hippie shops like the Psychedelicalessen for a triba defense fund. The money is needed because hippies keep getting arrested- on drug charges and, because they have no desire to turn off drugs, expect more arrests. There is no way around it baby," says Karen. Marijuana LSD, hashish and a new hallucinatory chemical—named STP by Hell's Angels—are the glue, essence and common denominator of all sha'des of hippie life. Jimmy saves his money for it, tribe members share it when it's available, hover lovingly over each other's LSD trips to guard against freakouts" or abnormal behavior, asd in The Group Image, pass around a blue kazoo, remodeled into a hashish pipe, for community puffups. While the tribal folk stay busy at home, many of the younger people are just lolling around. If it is not clear where they are going, and if they cannot always tell you the next day where they have been, it is because baby hippies are not supposed to. As they fit into what their elders on the scene call the psychedelic revolution", it is understood that they will do little that is constructive, and spend time mostly sorting out their heads. *. * * In the long unhurried hippie afternoon, they, lie in the grass of Tompkins Square Park or drift to someone's pad or just sleep. They smile at the mysti- 'ied cops, sent by the hundreds • by Abigail Van Bnren—— Retarded Child Needs More Love DEAR ABBY: Several months ago we learned that our baby was retarded. We were stunned and heartbroken, and all we could do was pray for the strength to do everything we could for him. According to our doctor, a retarded child has a better start in life if he lives at home, so we decided te keep him home. Abby, you wouldn't believe the remarks made to us by friends: "Why don't you put him in an institution? He'll better off with his own kind." And, "Aren't your other children embarrassed by him?" Abby, our other children are not embarrassed. If anything, it has given them a better understanding of life and problems and how to eccept the inevitable. There are dark moments, of course, but what I really want to convey is that a retarded child neecs love and affection as much — if not more — than a normal child. And more people should realize that it means more to parents of a retarded child to have their friends inquire about him. It is so much kinder than all the hypocritical evasions and pretenses that the child is normal. Just putting this down on paper has made me feel so much better. Thank you. A MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: Thank you for your wonderful letter. Millions of people will sec it, and you will never know how much kindness you and your retarded child have inspired in otherwise well - meaning, but thoughtless people. DEAR ABBY: I am buying a house from a friend of mine for $55,000. He asked me if I would do him a favor and state the price of the house as $35,000 in the agreement of the sale, and give the balance in cash. ' ' He said he didn't want his wife to know how much he was actually getting for t h e house because she's the kind who sponds a thousand if she thinks they have a hundred. Would there be anything wrong with my doing this for him as a favsr? . HIS FRIEND DEAR FRIEND: Yes. Plenty. Do not falsify the price of the house on the agreement unless you want to be a party to a fraud. Tell your friend he'll have to work out the problem of an extravagant wife some other way. DEAR ABBY: Altho it's been a year since I wrote to you about a problem that kept me up nights and sinci I got your answer. I still ask God to bless you in my prayers. I had a baby out of wedlock, and my maiden name was on his birth certificate. Less than a year later I married a fine man who knew all about it, (I kept the baby) but that birth certificate was worrying me. I didn't want aur boy to go thru life with something on his record that was no fault of his. I wrote to you, and you told me to get in touch with the Board of Health, which I did immediately. They referred me to the city clerk, and in a matter of minutes I was on my way to having my son's name changed. And for only 50 cents!! I kept putting it off because I thought I would have to go to court and maybe there would be a lot of red tape, publicity, and expense involved. I can't find words to tell you how much I appreciate your helping me with this worrisome situation. I wonder if .other mothers with the same problem know how easy it is to solve? FOREVER GRATEFUL DEAR GRATEFUL: If they didn't and they read this, they do now. CONFIDENTIAL T 0 "PREFERS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS": The name of the book which, in my judgment, offers more en- ligbtment and understanding on the subject of homosexuality is Sexual Inversion by Dr. Judd Mirmour (psycho- Astrological * Forecast * By CABBOU. KIGHTEB Wo determine roar torecast, aut« paragraph opposite dates wlUcb Include fonr blrtb date. WEDNESDAY GENERAL TENDENCIES: Today's full moon brings all kinds of upsets unless you are very careful and keep any promises you have made as well as refrain from criticizing others and realizing that a tension that brings very adverse results can be built up unless you are as wise as the serpent and as harmless as the dove. 3e cautious. ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Try not to get into trouble with one whose ideas differ from yours but whom you need in an advisory and other capacity, ieep promises made instead of rying to welch on them. Stop changing your mind so often in romantic matters, too. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) nstead of putting your check book down again, get busy and write out those checks that get r ou out of the credit red. Be more agreeable with mate, also. Why argue so much when you may be in the wrong? GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) Associates very likely feel as wgnacious as you today, so ou had better be the first to, ool off, act courteously. Wait or some one to invite you be- ore going out for pleasure. Tien have real fun. MOON CHILDREN (June 22 o July 21) Don't get out of mportant responsibilities — ley would only catch up with ou later on and be far more xpensive, even fairly painful. Don't overwork, though. Be more .careful o£ your clothing; top spilling your tea. Be calm. LEO (July 22 to Aug. 21) 3on't expect others to go along ith your ideas for fun since ley are, altogether too busy ght now. Don't pout but get usy yourself. One you love is aving difficulties; be of real ssistance. VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) oncentrateuponhowtogetrid |d jp loma tj C| |tj f some problem at home that erSi and whil is causing much dissension and you instantly have real harmony again. Uptrend in business is delayed until you clear up some outside problem. Do so with alacrity. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Very important you drive, walk carefully today, otherwise you can get into serious trouble. Analyze certain factors in your business if you want to operate more successfully. Be thorough. SCORPIO (Oc. 23 to Nov. 21) Don't feel that money will buy you out of anything. Find a less expensive and more ethical way to solve your problems. Show that you have principle. Assist others to gain their practical ims. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) There is no better time than now to get your most personal matters attended to but don't begrudge y o u r s e 1 f the time spent on them. Postpone social affairs for now. Be better jrepared for same. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) Get rid of that feeling of being limited and restricted by jetting busy with small tasks ahead of you. Be more direct with others. Then you find you get back 0 n the beam and increase happiness. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) Avoid those pals who can be quite irritating now and get busy on whatever is practical tactfully. A little wit and humor can do much to rid yourself of tensions, irritations. Be cheerful. PISCES (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20) Much care must be taken in business activities or you can jeopardize backing from influential persons. Be of assistance in that civic matter. You are very astute right now and can do much. IF YOUR CHILD is BORN TODAY ... he, or she, will be a blunt young person who has to be taught early to be more toward oth- ,ers, and while the honesty in this nature must not be lost, it has to be tempered wi'h understanding. Also teach that to keep analyst); published by Baste Books. • . I silent is sometimes the greatest Troubled? Write to Abby, I form of honesty. Trouble-shoot- iox 68700, Los Angeles, Cal. 90069. For a personal reply, enclose a stamped, self - ad- Iressed envelope. For Abby's booklet, "How <i Have a Lovely Wedding," end $1 to Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal. 90069. ing professions best here. Pyramid of the Sun An archcologist has estimated that construction of Mexico's mammoth Pyramid of the Sun occupied 10,000 laborers for 20 years, Tbe structure is as high as a 20-story building. to watch over them, and pose to suit the tourists. These kids are going through the great period of lethargy or readjustment that comes after your LSD vision," says Linn, a hippie theorist. Like most of the Group Image people, Peter prefers staying in the loft except for nights when the band is playing somewhere, because it seems homey, friendly. In four nights there, I saw nothing especially groovy or shocking happening, notiiing like the time they tell of when everybody started to hum at once and so perfectly on pitch tliat the walls shook and a waiter from the Chinese restaurant downstairs came up (o complain, tongue-tied with exasperation. Kor that mailer, I saw nothing as ecstatic in its way as a Jewish wedding or an Irish wake, and nothing as frighlen- ing and sad as a bitter argument between . a middle-class husband and wife. Most everybody is crowded into a room between the art studio and the dark room, stretched out on mattresses or sitting on the floor. Peter is playing his flute, Artie and Rick strum their plugged-out amplified guitars. Someone is mumbling cerebellum, cerebrum, medula," over and over and there is a chance he might be on an LSD trip, but no one pays particular mind. The blue kazoo is not in sight. There is the smcl! of marijuana in the air, but all is quiet, relaxed. We're all nulballs basically," said theorist Linn, pointing at the pink flowered belt he wears with his favorite janitor uniform. Crazies, wiordos, loonies, who can't cut it in the real world. We're rejects from the middle class and we stick together because we need the protection. We're paranoids, we're misguided and we're an embarrassment to the nation. But if you go by the papers and the police, then there figure to be 50,000 more kids coming to the East' Village this summer to drop out.'• You figure it. Go look at the let- s ter in the hall." f The letter on the lined sta-: tionery of the City Jail on Rik- • ers Island is from tribe member" Charley. He is 18 and was bust-, ed on a charge of LSD. He asks that the group read the letter and send it on to nfe motiier lu Chicago. It ends this way: The group is just like a large family., But we are happy too. We get, into the Village Voice and the'| Daily News. I love you, Mom;', Love to you from Charley." .,...;". Ths hippies say they mean "(6'' get around to forwarding it to. Charley's mother, but at last'.',' look it's still on the wall. .''• HUBBARD & HOKE HOME APPLIANCES RCA - WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR 11 CU. FT. 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