It was absolutely exhilarating to have a Vietnam vet who served 3 years in the Alabama state pen before being released in light of new evidence in my American legal system class. Every semester should be such a hoot!
Man, oh, man, I bet you and the rest of your students learned a heap from that dude, most likely but not limited to “how to make it through the shit and stay FONKY”!
Mr. Godfree, you really draw the most interesting people to your class, or at least to your life. This picture would go well in the book I’m reading right now, Peter Coyote’s autobiography about his life in the 60′s and 70′s when he spent time amongst communards, theatre-folk, and Hell’s Angels.
BTW, this is SUCH a great picture! The Converse are the coup de gras.
It was especially exciting when he would shout things like, “You little fuckers don’t have any idea what the fuck you’re talking about!” to the rest of the class. I guess I shouldn’t have felt such delight in these types of outbursts, but then again, it’s important for young people to be challenged — and what a great proxy he was!