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April 29, 2007


In June of 1972 I was 13 (and a half). I was wrapping up my career at Chambers Elementary School. My teacher, Mr. Rafferty, whom I’d initially feared and ultimately loved, had died midway through the year.

In the fall, I would enter M. Clifford Miller Junior High School in Lake Katrine, NY. But I didn’t intend to think much about that until late August.

My favorite television shows were Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Flip Wilson, The Brady Bunch, and Mannix.

My favorite bands were The Association, Santana and The Three Dog Night. I was on the verge of discovering The Moody Blues and Cream, and Black Sabbath not long after that.

Good memory and detail, Scott. My most vivid memory of the summer of '72 is playing baseball every day for hours, listening to the radio (I think Stealer's Wheel' "Stuck in the Middle With You" was a big hit) and sleeping out under the stars at night. I had just turned 12, so life was not that complicated.

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