The oddest co-incidence is perhaps working around the corner from you in NYC from 1973-75.
I worked @ 1 Park Avenue, which at the time housed Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, that went on to publish of both "MacWorld" & "PC World" Magazines.
...but other places I'd frequented was The Stonewall Inn on Christopher St. where I danced every night until the famous Stonewall Riot.
...I worked with hippy guru "Galahad" a.k.a. Ronald Jonson in the Nite Owl Poster Shop on 3rd & McDougal.
...I lived @ the Digger's Free Store before, during and after The Washington & Chicago Riots at the same time as Abbie Hoffman & 3 of the Chicago 7
BTW that's how I came to miss Woodstock... Abbie said, "Let's go to Woodstock", I said; "Let'snot! I'll stay here & 'hold down the fort'."
Ah.. well... not all my decisions were winners..
...I lived across the street from the Whitehall St. Induction Center (of "Alice's Restaurant" fame.) I used to be woken up every morning like an alarm clock by folks of every stripe protesting the "Police Action" in Viet Nam.
Every morning the P.I.G.s would set up the barriers, and everyone would march around with signs until they had to go to their Wall Street jobs. Meanwhile I worked nights managing a Discothèque in Midtown Manhattan next door to Audrey Hepburn's town house...
That's how I came to WATCH the WTC Going UP... ...They'd re-routed the SubWay above ground there, The SubWay that later came to run BENEATH The WTC was routed so close to the construction sight that you could clearly see the night-shift workmen going about their tasks by the twinkling of thousands of drop-lights hanging from the girders...I'd pass it 7 days a week at 2 AM on my way home to Pearl St.. only to be awakened by the protesters again at 7AM.
Those are just the places.. not the people that I've met during what I've described as my "Odd Forest Gump Journey Through Life"
I love stuff like that. I've had a couple of minor encounters with kind-a sort-a historical residences.
The ex GF's long time friend and ex boss, George, roomed with Bob Dylan in the early 60's. Said he remembered him as a really nice fellow, but he played some really crazy guitar stuff in the dorm room.
He didn't put two and two together till many years later. George wasn't the musically inclined sort, business degree and what not.
My only historical residence is the house we lived in in Cuba, which became Raul Castro's summer house for a while.
On a different note, I did picket both Tricky Dicky and George Wallace in '68. Never saw Wallace, but did see Dicky, all slicked back and greasy. Oh, and ate dinner with Dick Gregory that year--a very nice fellow. And saw Gene McCarthy too.
But I didn't live anywhere near any of them.
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Ok, my close encounter with musician-gods… This guy, Alava Shalom, was the husband of one of the best print production managers I ever worked with (and still a close friend). I had dinner at their house many times, and bert would occasionally pull out a photo album or two. He did much of his own photography, and his "casual snaps" of artists like Miles Davis and John Coltrane when they were out bar-hopping or just kicking back at the Blue Note opt Birdland are just amazing!
If you hang around LA or NYC long enough you can't help running into famous people in restaurants, standing on street corners or "Shooting On Location". Hard to miss Lou Reed's emaciated arse, or Andy Warhol's green hair, esp. since I lived only 3 doors from The Electric Circus.
I was walking in the East Village with some touristie type when I spot Bob Dylan headed my way. I gulped and walked on passed casually saying, "Hey, Bob." and he said, "Hi" back.. but the tourist's eyes bugged out... "OMG!!! You Know Bod Dylan???" what could I say but; "Sure."
But perhaps the weirdest close-encounter happened years later when me & my homies were making a "CITY-RUN"... careening down a narrow street, crossing Broadway on our way back to the Tunnel, when some ugly guy wearing sunglasses steps off the curb right in front of our car... ...then jumped back just as we sped by.
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