Category Archives: 70s

THE CURSE OF A NE’ER-DO-WELL by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in 1974 I was going out with a fifteen year-old high school student from Brookline. Hilde’s father was separated from her mother. Ann was insane, but many insane people lived normal existences and Ann was the mother of six kids. Her new husband believed in a New Age cure for madness, but one winter […]

COLD AS IT GETS by Peter Nolan Smith

Mount Washington was far from the tallest mountain on the face of the Earth, however in 1934 the summit observatory recorded the strongest measured wind on the planet at 231 mph or 372 km/hr. Winter temperatures on Agiocdochook, or “Home of the Great Spirit” regularly dropped as low as -50F. Death from hypothermia can occur […]

NEW YEAR ALL RIGHT by Peter Nolan Smith

In the Spring of 1969 my teenage sweetheart’s mother was dating a Chilean pianist. The two adults left the brunette cheerleader in charge of the house and after she put her younger brother to bed, I would come over for a study session. An hour at the books was our passport to a heavy petting […]

BOXING DAY ON THE BOWERY by Peter Nolan Smith

Every Christmas my mother cooked a 20-pound turkey, I mashed seasoned potatoes, and my sisters set the dining room table with yams, creamed onions, turnips, peas, stuffing, and all the fixings for my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmothers, friends, cousins, sisters, and brothers. Grace was said with bowed heads. Our plates were swept by forks and […]

The Arthur Of Light

Arthur Weinstein was a master of light. His gift transformed empty space into cathedrals of color. His miracles are entrenched in my memories of Hurrah, the Jefferson, Continental, and Milk Bar. Today is his birthday and anyone who was his friend will know how to celebrate his joyous life. Long live Arthur Weinstein.