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  •  In the 60's I Sailed at the Mouth of the Cuyahoga (3+ / 0-)
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    before and after the fire.

    The fish in the surrounding harbors had tumors. After bad shoreside and near-inland storms, great reefs of tree limbs, dead rats and dogs, and other garbage would float out into the Cleveland harbor and sometimes out onto the Lake over top of the orange river water.

    Once after falling overboard I came down with empitygo (sp?) a skin infection.

    Ralphie's house from the movie "Christmas Story" backs up to the Cuyahoga valley and the industrial "flats" just a mile or two upstream of the lake.

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    I can't count the number of nights we watched the moon rise blood-red over the Cleveland flats from out on the Lake. Around 5 pm in the summer, the thermal seabreeze if not blown away by a pending or departing weather system, shuts down, and after several hours of calm, the land breeze moves in around 9-10 PM or so from the south. We so often smelled the spring on the smoky wind, per the lyrics of "Dirty Old Town" out there on the Lake.

    Earth Day came a week after the landing of Apollo 13. 7 days later an Afro-Am student protest at Ohio State, joined by womens' lib and anti-war factions, was blown up into a full scale riot, 2 days before Nixon's Cambodia bombing threw so many more campuses into rioting, and on to the May killings at Kent State and Florida.

    It was a busy month.

    I think most of us mainly wanted to clean it all up, not ship it to slave labor countries. A lot of us wanted to work for labor rights in the Communist countries, but of course only Republicans can make peace with our enemies, and only by destroying American labor.

    Today, it's all different.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Apr 19, 2009 at 09:14:19 PM PDT

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      ...for the great first-person account.

      I didn't know they went to Cleveland for Ralphie's house.  As they say, you learn something new every day (well, maybe not everybody).  I think Shepherd's original story, at least, was set in Hammond, Indiana.  Must not be anything suitable there anymore.

      You're right, the period of the first Earth Day was pretty packed (and don't forget Jackson State).  Earth Day, in my recollection, anyway, almost got lost in the shuffle.  

      People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. --C. Wright Mills

      by dsteffen on Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 04:00:57 PM PDT

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