Steve Sherry's The Vagabonds of '74

Random Events at Essex Catholic 1967-1971
Early '74 Montclair, New Jersey, Alf a most unusual friend
Cedar Grove, New Jersey my little town....Miss Munches House, Newberry's, Cedar Grove Pool
Hitchhiking To Albuquerque 1972, The Commune and Krishnamurti, University of New Mexico
Seeing Badfinger At Carnegie Hall, The Dugout, McSorely's Ale House
Seeing Bob Dylan, "The Poet Lad" At Madison Square Garden
South End Pizzeria, Van Gogh and Plans for California
Jersey Shore Recollections, Summer of '71. St. Louis, The Gateway of the West, The Road to Colorado
Rocky Mountain Panorama, Problems with the Pinto, Ritchfield Utah???
California! Lennon's Lost Weekend, Venice Beach, Malibu
Pacific Coast Highway, Panoramic Visions and the Magic Carpet Ride To Santa Barbara
San Francisco, The Shelter, The Warf and the Hole in the Wall Hotel
Sacramento, Jumping A Train? Wierd But True, The Shock of My Life
Oblivion, Reno, Good Samaritans and The Ghosts of Woody Guthrie, James Dean and Tom Joad
A Night In The Can in Kansas
University of Kansas at Lawrence and The Doobie Brothers
True Meditation Foundation of Human Understanding, "How Your Mind Can Keep You Well"
Vagabonds of '74 Part 2: Old Friend Ollie, Meeting Veronica, The Suburban in Montclair
BOSTON, The Leap of Faith and A Night in a Shelter
Sleeping in a Newspaper Truck, Cambridge Hippies and No Turning Back
Squatter's Rights: 269 BROADWAY, Furnishing Our Hippie Pad
269 BROADWAY becomes Miss Dale's Farm
California Hippies Arrive. Free Food from The Docks, Strange Encounters
Kenmore Square Blood Bank
Leonard Cohen, Patron Saint, Ali Defeats Foreman and the Great Squash Fight of '74
Vivid Visitors from New Jersey,
The Invasion of Boston University, Taking Over The Dorm
Jonathan Swifts, Harvard Square and The Sugar Shortage
Beacon Hill Gulf Gas Station and Reflections Atop The Longfellow Bridge
Christmas 1974 in Montclair, Returning to Cambridge, "13th Floor Panarama"
Bandages, Canes, Barroom Brawls and Spontaneous Conversation
Meeting Leonard Cohen
The Beginning Of The End and Saying Goodbye
Vagabonds of 74 Epilogue
Essex Catholic Memories: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marty Liquori, Mark Murro, City Stadium, St. Benedicts, Dylan, Positively 4th St.
The Essex Catholic Wrestling Team 1971: 8 District Champs, Ting A Lings, Hitting the Town....
Essex Catholic Teachers and Students, Br. Harrington, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Taglieri, Mr. Zarro, Simon and Garfunkel
Random Events at Essex Catholic 1967-1971: Stuff Happens! Bomb Scare, JUG!, Abbey Road
Essex Catholic Senior Year 1971: World Trade Center Rising, The Staircase from "A Hard Days Night?" Meditation, MySpace: "Jersey Shore," Crosby, Stills and Nash Epilogue
The Jersey Shore: May, 2011 Brielle....Sea Girt....Introspection On The Sand.....
Essex Catholic Memories 2012

Stuff Happens! 

  I forget the year but I remember the bomb scare. I was in gym class when the announcement came over the intercom "There seems to be a distinct smell of gas. Everyone will please leave the building."

Damn, why couldn't it have been during math class?

We all got dressed and left and it wasn't until the next day we found out that someone had mailed a letter stating they were from some radical group and had planted a device in the weight room under the library.......

Strange things happened at Essex Catholic.....


No matter what school you attended you alway had to deal with the possibility of going to detention. But how many schools called it JUG and held it in a Ballroom with thirty foot ceilings?

It was almost an honor to get caught cutting class and being giving JUG. You almost expected a band to start playing and dinner to be served there.......
Okay, I exaggerating.....

 And we weren't sent there and watched by just anyone.
You had to deal with the DEAN of DISCIPLINE.....

One common infraction was being caught on the Elevator without a Pass!
This would result in several days JUG unless you could produce a pass, or your friend could slip you his when the teacher wasn't looking..... 

I actually got Jug once for answering my teacher correctly. It was Mr. Decina's French class.
Behind his back I would imitate him which amused other students.

One day he asked me to pronounce a word  just as a French person would so I did my best at making a guttural sound.

I was trying to do it correctly but the whole class burst out laughing and Decina  was not amused.

"Sherry, go to .....JUG!"

It's funny now but then it wasn't funny at all.


I remember winter days walking in from Bloomfield Avenue and the Winter when the temperature went down to about 10 below zero for a few days.

I was walking with Eddie Biglin my friend from way back in Cedar Grove. 

I also Remember Eddie raving about the new Beatles White Album.
"One of the songs is called "Happiness is a Warm Gun!" he said.

One day Eddie and 3 or 4 other kids including me, stood together on Summer Avenue facing each other and with fingers in our mouths whistled as loud as we could.

 This created a Vortex and you could hear a very distinct low note rising and falling  in between the high notes ....really strange...and besides, why hurry off to school when we could do scientific experiments right there on the street?

Eddie Biglin always marched to his own drummer.........

I remember fights after school on Summer Ave. behind the grammar school next door. I saw a kid go airborne once after he called out Billy Duthie.

He got his shirt ripped and went flying over a car until an older kid on the field team put a stop to it.

                                             ABBEY ROAD

The Beatles released Abbey Road in the autumn of '69 and I remember about five of us going to Mark Baldiccini's house on Ridge St. after school to listen....

We all shared opinions about songs and thought that Octopus's Garden was really cool. I got to know Mark from the wrestling team. Mark had a lot of admirable traits and was a gifted athlete.
Also, one of the fastest runners I've ever known.....really fast..... !

A few days later I was listening to Abby Road at home on the radio and girls were calling the station and crying asking to hear  tunes like "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something."

At the beginning of Sophomore year I, like many, returned to school with my hair quite long.
The previous June I managed to avoid having to get my hair cut by using hair cream and combing it behind my ears.

When I showed up in September with my hair way, way long other kids were astonished...  they knew I had no chance of getting through the day without being discovered.....

I didn't even make it upstairs.
Some Brother, I forget who, grabbed me and escorted me right out the door.

I showed up the next day looking quite human again.....


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