Category Archives: 70s


In the early 1970s Chelsea, Massachusetts on the north bank of the Mystic River was a good example of a failed post-industrial city. Thousands of residents had moved out of the working-class community throughout the 50s and 60s. The opening of the Route 1 North Expressway further deepened the decline and on October 14, 1973 […]

STING LIKE A BEE by Peter Nolan Smith

This past May a tropical bee flew into our new house in Sri Racha. My wife attacked the flying insect with a broom. My two year-old son Fenway screamed at the buzzing creature. I rolled up yesterday’s Bangkok Post and tracked the invader’s flight. My first swat caught the zigzaging bee and it caromed off […]

The Hustlers Convention LP 1973

According to Wikipedia “Lightnin’ Rod” was the pseudonym of Alafia Pudim, one of the Last Poets, when he released his seminal 1973 Hustlers Convention LP featuring tracks such as “Sport” and “Spoon” and “Coppin’ Some Fronts for the Set”. The album released on United Artists featured Tina Turner and the Ikettes, Bernard Purdie, Billy Preston, […]

1 + 1 = 2 Circa 1972

The simple addition of 1 + 1 is the first math learned by children. Addition is followed by subtraction, division, and multiplication. The nuns at Our Lady of the Foothills believed in the power of rote education and each student was expected to memorize the math tables from 1 to 12. Fingers and toes aided […]

HANG ON SLOOPY by David Porter

In my younger years of my life I knew girls known Sandie, Samantha, Suzanne, Sara, but never a Sloopy. Doctor Nick and I went to college with a girl whose name sounded by Sloopy. The slight brunette came from Roxbury. Her major was in nursing, but she danced weekends at the Two O’Clock Lounge in […]