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  •  Do you plan to cover University of Maryland? (4+ / 0-)

    My school.  I was a junior and I was there.

    "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

    by Navy Vet Terp on Tue May 06, 2014 at 05:15:45 PM PDT

    •  I did hit College Park in the fourth installment, (3+ / 0-)
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      NVT, which you can find here and I think I do again in a later nistallment. You can cheat and read ahead at Fire On The Mountain, where this series originally appeared four years ago.

      That said, I'd love to hear your memories of May '70. I have maybe a dozen or so new sections I want to write, on top of the 19 (!) I've already done.

      And I've had a couple of feelers from publishers about turning it into a book, so more info is most welcome!

      •  Sorry I been missing these (3+ / 0-)
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        lao hong han, Naniboujou, kurt

        A few corrections and comments.

        ROTC had a room in the armory which was thoroughly trashed.  That didn't bother me - they really didn't do much damage, smashing some very old desks that were ready for the trash heap anyway.  But what really bothered me was that the SDS'ers also invaded the administration building and smashed a lot of expensive electric typewriters and copy machines and other office machines.  They lit a bonfire with one or more paintings hanging in the lobby.  I saw the damage the next morning and it made me sick.

        We were all hanging out on Route 1 after it was "liberated", General Warfield commander of the National Guard was there (I think he was related to the Duchess of Windsor) and so was Governor Mandel and I talked to them both.  Most of us ran back to the dorms when the "cops" appeared.  We didn't know it - they really weren't cops - they were Prince Georges County Sheriff Kersey's "possee".  PG County is mostly AA today but back then was white and blue collar and parts were really redneck - especially his posse.

        They came up the hill from dorm to dorm shooting tear gas grenades into the windows.  We were the ones trying to stay out of the riot and these a-holes were attacking us.  The first dorm was Montgomery, a girl's dorm, then Harford, a boys dorm, then Kent, mine.  When the kids couldn't take the tear gas they ran out the dorms and the posse "cops' would beat the kids with night sticks.  By the time they got to our dorm we knew we couldn't leave.  A Vietnam vet organized us - crowding us into the showers with wet towels to help us breath, and throwing the grenades back out the windows - yelling at them "Fucking Pigs".  They yelled back at us - "Fucking hippies, come out and take your medicine".  It was really horrible - we couldn't breathe, but we knew we would get clubbed and beaten if we tried to leave.

        Finally the state police came and rescued us.  The state police and the posse rednecks argued but the rednecks finally went away and the police said we were free to walk around campus.

        Some of the campus rioters were prosecuted - rightfully - but neither Sheriff Kersey or any of his redneck criminals were and 44 years later I am still raging with anger as I type this.  He was defeated for reelection - BFD.

        My own opinion this riot made no sense and had nothing to do with Cambodia or Vietnam - tearing up our own campus made no sense and IMO was stupid and criminal.

        The next day the National Guard replaced the state police and we were occupied until school let out.   Many of the guardsmen were students - it got them out of Nam, and they were quite friendly.

        This should have been a diary - sorry for the long comment.

        "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

        by Navy Vet Terp on Tue May 06, 2014 at 06:13:31 PM PDT

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        •  I should add (3+ / 0-)
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          That all day on May 1st there was the big protest rally on the campus Mall, speaker after speaker denouncing the invasion of Cambodia.  Then as it was almost evening they started yelling "Down to Route 1" and that's when it turned from a peaceful protest to a riot.

          "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

          by Navy Vet Terp on Tue May 06, 2014 at 06:16:55 PM PDT

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