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University Of Florida
INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
“The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks”
Charlie Pell Bear Bryant picture (Kevin Kocznski)
I Was An Independent Gator Tutor (w/Benefits)
Onward Right-Wing Christian Soldiers
Steve Spurrier #7
Urban Meyer (THE $8-MILLION MAN)
First Day — Saturday U-Haul Arrival
Cheryl follows in my black VW
University Avenue (empty)
Game across the road at Florida Field
Walked over and around
Oak Trees, Moss, Old-School, a windowless press box, with typewriters, and a KFC box of chicken for lunch (halftime)P
8-FT High (small) brick wall. Looking through a gate
A steep look down (100 feet) onto the field.
Big Gator painted on the grass in the center
Wooden Bleachers and a stand of 50-yr-old, tall, thin Pine Trees.
(South End Photographs)
As Cheryl and I walked, we heard a roar erupt as if out of a volcano …
The gators had scored.
Early in the first quarter, first in the game against (?), but also the first of Charlie Pell’s first year coaching the University of Florida Gators, the “PRIDE” of GAINESVILLE.
Lunch at the Old College Inn
Interrupted by activity.
The game had ended and now the avenue was filling with Gator fans, looking for somewhere to quench their post-victory thirst.
Did I say “victory?” We were surprised to hear, that after the volcanic roar, came three, slow-moving quarters of football, in which (?) managed to score in the third quarter, after which the game ended in a tie.
That’s why the crowd entering the Old College Inn, was hardly jubilent, but not absolutely crushed either.
A profound disappointment that the first game of the “school” year had ended in a tie.
Little did they know that a xx-xx tie with ? would be the highlight of the 1979 season, and the last for Charlie Pell, after his 0-?-1 rookie performance.
MEET FUTCH AT THE ALLIGATOR
NEXT TO THE CHURCH
HALL WITH OLD COLLEGE INN REFRIGERATOR DOORS
ALLIGATOR BUMPER STICKER on the first (wooden) door on the left.
Dave Futch — Tennis — First Roommate — Country Club restaurant waiter
Bob Bartalotta — Death Trap at the Hippodrome
Merideth — (Hunter) D.C. Excursion
Little River Band (on the lawn)
Dormitory (peeing in the sink)
BUCKMAN HALL — The building was named for Henry Buckman, the legislator who authorized the higher education consolidation bill, known as the Buckman Act, which established the University of Florida in Gainesville. Buckman and Thomas Hall were the original University of Florida buildings.
Plaza Of The Americas
(Jed Smock & Cindy Lassiter)
(The site of “The Ball That Broke The Ball’s Back”
Krishna Raisin Bread and Rice
HYDE & ZEKE’S
TENNIS COURTS / Racquet Ball / Homeless Alligator reporter (?) sleeping, using the old Florida Gym bathroom/facilities
Old Basketball Gym — Pat Benatar, Frank Zappa, Steve Landesburg “Taxi” to one side.
O’Dome Built — Inflatable, like the Bud Cans
Elvis Costello — St. Petersburg pianist. After one and a half hours, he came back out and asked if the crowd wanted another? We stayed for every second of an encore that was longer than the show.
Al Di Meola (on the other hand) left as he opened the acoustic set.
THE BROWN HOUSE — Marty Liquori (UF Olympian) owned it.
THE GAINESVILLE 8 — Scott Camil (Anti-Vietnam Activist) had lived in the house next door.
“Oh Camil!” (The Winter Soldier) b/ Graham Nash
Father Gannon (?)
Steve Z — Homegrown Botanist
Cross pollinated Afghanistan and Columbian and whatever.
It was bright green, sticky as pine sap, and the sweet smell of well cared for Sensimilla.
Robin Williams at Gator Growl.
“I’d like to fertilize her buds.”
MONDAY, AFTER SATURDAY’S TIE
Gathered in the narrow office where I had met Futch.
Now, seeming even smaller, with the space being filled with near thirty people, Futch being the only one I had met.
What I was a part of was a semester-ending ritual at
THE INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
The passing of the editor’s torch.
On this day, Barry Klein was handing off to Robert McClure
Barry — buying Steve Z’s weed
Robert — filing an eddy in the Reitz Union fountain
Tearing the gate of the Brown House’s fence.
KEVIN TURLEY — Pharmacy Student, Alligator writer, and part-time Alligator janitor, for the $75 per week.
Barry’s routine, dropping a bagel and cream cheese on his desk, before heading upstairs for his every morning facilitation.
Turley was an old friend of Klein’s since they had grown up and gone to school together in St. Petersburg. (Home of the Times)
Made a toilet roll out of Barry’s editorials he had taped together.
RUSH WEEK EAVESDROPPING — Turley, David Dahl
(Sorority Girls of a different color) REJECTED picture
SURF MOVIES (sheets hanging on clothes line)
Sorority Row house
Satellite Beach Boys
’79 — Jimmy Carter
’80 — Ronald Reagan
(Wrapped in American Flag @ DC Capitol) b/ Sandy Felsenthal
JOHNNY HINES (picture taken with Sandy’s camera, getting a ride home in his car, but with his roommate, Sally, driving.
SMOOTHIE KING via BAGHDAD
DISNEY WORLD EXCURSION
POLICE — Future Land
GATOR FOOTBALL — Right-Wing Christian Soldiers
“Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks” — The Eagles (“GATOR!” Frat Parties to Florida Field)
TOM PETTY HOMECOMING ’80
Rodney Dangerfield /
Bob Hope w/Irene Cara “FLASHDANCE”
Field Sketch (Guns) “Eat Lead Gator Bait”
Tigert Hall secretary
Independent Florida Alligator
B-O-B-H-O-P-E Big letters spotlit, one by one, and the a loud EAT LEAD.
Robin Williams playing some jokes directly to either the student or visitor/parents side of Florida Field
As a marijuana plant, eye a separated female (sensimillia) plant
“You know I’d like to fertilize her buds.”
EAGLES 1980 TOUR — Same Florida Field
Steve Z — Homegrown Botanist / The Secret Garden
Dave Futch — Guns (felling pine trees with a machine gun lead)
Harry Crews — “Feast Of Snakes” (Dave Futch profile)
When working at the Herald (’86) a reporter came to ask if I knew a David Futch, thinking that I did.
Dave’s name was on a list of a number of Southwest Florida residents who were arrested as part of a marijuana smuggling ring.
Since leaving Gainesville, Dave had been a fishing guide off Naples/Sanibel Island.
Vinnie Kuntz — Arrested when a joint was found in his cigarette pack, as he entered the auditorium for Dire Straits.
Different than our going over to the Tangerine Bowl
Turley and the (….Brothers?), one passed out
Police ask “Is your friend alright?”
“He’s had a little too much to drink, but he’ll be okay.
Sent on our way, and realize a bag of reefer had been sticking out of my shirt pocket.
Jerry Ulesman — print found with tire track across it, in a garage underneath a recently rented garage apartment above. Cleaned, and always hanged in the main room.
Windjammer Bar (writers)
Old College Inn
Skydiving with Alex and Rocky (Bob Block)
“The Nude Bomb”
Friday (Happy Hour) pitchers of Zombies
Brownies In the Oven
MAYPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Halloween Ball (inc./ The Ball That Broke The Ball’s Back)
Monday December 8, 1980
JOHN LENNON — walked into the house, Dave Futch and Bob Bartalotta sitting in the dark, listening to “Double Fantasy” on cable radio. The smoke, the lounging, and the listening were nothing out of the ordinary, but maybe a little on a tuesday morning. They broke out of their trance long enough to tell me John Lennon had been killed last night, and they hadn’t moved, and just continued to listen to cable radio’s report and tribute.
This coming at the end of an eventful 1980 in Gainesville, Florida at The University of Florida in Gainesville.
1979 — ANYTHING GOES
Allman Brothers support
Dan Aykroyd SNL Jimmy Carter “Bad Acid” (Allman Brothers) https://youtu.be/-68iTvhWNB0
Jimmy Carter “A Victim of Circumstance”
Iran Hostages …
Phil Hartman SNL Ronald Reagan “The Mastermid” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5wfPlgKFh8
1980 — JUST SAY NO
1 – The Far Side debuts in newspapers.
January – 1979 oil crisis; 6.3% Unemployment; Recession
4 – Jimmy Carter proclaims a grain embargo against the USSR.
6 – GPS (Global Positioning System) time epoch begins at 00:00 UTC.
7 – Jimmy Carter bails out Chrysler
16 — Paul McCartney arrested in Tokyo (possession of 1/2 Pound Marijuana)
20 – Super Bowl XIV: The Pittsburgh Steelers fourth win (v.Los Angeles Rams) in Pasadena, California.
24 — The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad is ordered liquidated.
24 — SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE (5.8) Two days later, a second (5.4).
27 – CANADIAN CAPER Six United States diplomats, posing as Canadians, manage to escape from Tehran, Iran as they board a flight to Zürich, Switzerland.
2– The New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot (33 killed)
2 – ABSCAM: FBI sting against congressman
7 — PINK FLOYD: THE WALL TOUR (Los Angeles Coliseum)
13 – The XIII Winter Olympics (Lake Placid, New York)
15 – David Sanborn “Hideaway” (?) Hiram Bullock, JACO (NYC)
22 – THE MIRACLE ON ICE.
• SAVING FLORIDA’S SPRINGS
1 – The VOYAGER 1 probe confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.
5 – Channel Islands National Park is established.
21 — Mafioso Angelo Bruno is assassinated in Philadelphia.
21 — Jimmy Carter boycotts the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
22 – The Georgia Guidestones are erected in Elbert County, Georgia.
27 – The Silver Thursday market crash occurs.
31 – Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad operates its final train.
1 – New York City’s Transportation Works Union Local 100 strikes (11 days).
7 – IRAN HOSTAGES
The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions, following the taking of American hostages on NOVEMBER 4, 1979.
14 — NJ Councilman introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen’s “BORN TO RUN” the official state song.
15 – A mass exodus of Cubans to the United States known as the MARIEL BOAT LIFT begins. (ends October 31)
24–25 – OPERATION EAGLE CLAW, a commando mission in Iran to rescue American embassy hostages, is aborted after mechanical problems ground the rescue helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air collision during the failed operation.
24 – Pennsylvania Lottery Scandal: the Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by six men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.
May 3 – Cari Lightner, a 13-year-old girl, is killed by a drunk driver in Fair Oaks, California. Her mother, Candy, forms the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
May 7 – Paul Geidel, convicted of second-degree murder in 1911, is released from prison in Beacon, New York, after 68 years and 245 days (the longest-ever time served by an inmate).
James Alexander George Smith “Jags” McCartney, the Turks and Caicos Islands’ first Chief Minister, is killed in a plane crash over New Jersey.
In Florida, the Liberian freighter Summit Venture hits the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, sending 35 people (most of whom were in a bus) to a watery death as a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapses.
May 11 – Mobster Henry Hill is arrested for drug possession.
May 16 – The Department of Education begins operations.
May 17 – A Miami, Florida court acquits four white police officers of killing Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance executive, provoking three days of race riots.
May 18 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, killing 57 and causing US$3 billion in damage.
May 21 – The Empire Strikes Back is released.
May 22 – Pac-Man, the best-selling arcade game of all time, is released.
May 23 – Stanley Kubrick’s horror film, The Shining, based on the 1977 novel of the same name, is released.
The New York Islanders win their first Stanley Cup, from a goal by Bobby Nystrom in overtime of game six of the Stanley Cup playoffs’ final round.
The International Court of Justice calls for the release of U.S. Embassy hostages in Tehran.
May 25 – Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins for a third time in car owner Jim Hall’s revolutionary ground effect Chaparral car; the victory is Hall’s second as an owner.
May 29 – Vernon Jordan is shot and critically injured in an assassination attempt in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Joseph Paul Franklin (the first major news story for CNN).
June – The 1980 recession ends.
June 1 – The Cable News Network (CNN) is officially launched.
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy wins several primaries, including California, on ‘Super Tuesday’, but not enough to overtake President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic Party nomination.
A series of deadly tornadoes strikes Grand Island, Nebraska, causing over US$300 million in damage, killing five people and injuring over 250.
June 9 – In Los Angeles, comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
June 10 – Unabomber bomb injures United Airlines president Percy Wood in Lake Forest, Illinois.
June 20 – Augusta AVA becomes the first federally recognized American Viticultural Area.
June 23–September 6 – The 1980 United States HEAT WAVE claims 1,700 lives.
June 27 – Jimmy Carter signs Proclamation 4771, requiring 19 and 20-year-old males to register for a peacetime military draft, in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
July – The unemployment rate peaks at 7.8%, the highest in four years.
July 16 – Former California Governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. President, at the Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Influenced by the Religious Right, the convention also drops its long standing support for the Equal Rights Amendment, dismaying moderate Republicans.
July 18 – The documentary and concert film No Nukes opens in New York.
July 31 – The Eagles end their tour with a contentious show in Long Beach, California. They would not play together again until 1994.
The first Monsters of Rock heavy metal festival is held at Donington Park in England. Rainbow headlines, and Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine, Saxon, Riot and Touch also perform.
Several bands lose members in one day; bass player Jah Wobble leaves Public Image, Ltd.; drummer Cozy Powell leaves Rainbow; keyboard player Jools Holland leaves Squeeze; and drummer Bill Ward leaves Black Sabbath.
August 4 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin the recording of the Double Fantasy album.
August 10 – Hurricane Allen, after becoming a Category 5 storm and the strongest hurricane of the season, hits southeastern Texas as a Category 3.
August 14 — Jimmy Carter defeats Senator Ted Kennedy to win renomination at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City.
Actress Dorothy Stratten is murdered in Los Angeles (southern California), apparently raped and shot by her estranged husband Paul Snider before he kills himself.
August 23 – The Heatwave festival near Toronto features The B-52’s, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello and many others.
August 26–27 – Harvey’s Resort Hotel bombing in Stateline, Nevada, part of an extortion plot.
September 5 – William Reeves joins The Graphics Group.
September 18–19 – 1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion: Liquid fuel in an LGM-25C Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile explodes at a missile launch facility north of Damascus, Arkansas.
September 19 – The Robert Redford-directed film Ordinary People, based on the novel by Judith Guest, premieres. Redford’s directorial debut later wins him his first Oscar, and wins three other Academy Awards, and five Golden Globe awards.
September 29 – The Washington Post publishes Janet Cooke’s story of Jimmy, an 8-year-old heroin addict (later proven to be fabricated).
September 30 – Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet, which is the first implementation outside of Xerox, and the first to support 10 Mbit/s speeds.
October 14 – The Staggers Rail Act is enacted, deregulating American railroads.
October 15 – James Hoskins forces his way into WCPO’s television studio in Cincinnati, holding nine employees hostage for several hours before releasing them and taking his own life.
October 21 – World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals, 4 games to 2, to win their first World Series Title.
October 28 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Reagan’s genial, witty performance causes him to overtake Carter in the polls.
November 4: Reagan defeats Carter in a landslide
November 4 – 1980 United States presidential election: Republican challenger and former Governor Ronald Reagan of California defeats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter, exactly one year after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis.
November 8 – The 7.3 Mw Eureka earthquake shook the North Coast of California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong), causing six injuries and $2–2.75 million in losses.
November 10 – November 12 – Voyager program: The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn, when it flies within 77,000 miles of the planet’s cloud-tops and sends the first high resolution images of the world back to scientists on Earth.
November 20 – A Texaco oil rig breaks through to a mine under Lake Peigneur.
Millions of viewers tune into the U.S. soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J. R. Ewing. The “Who shot J. R.?” event is a national obsession.
MGM Grand fire: A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip kills 85 people.
December 8: The Dakota, where John Lennon was shot
John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City.
The comic strip Bloom County debuts in newspapers.
December 11 – CERCLA is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
December 14 – Four people are murdered and four others are injured by two armed robbers at Bob’s Big Boy on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, in what is one of the city’s most brutal crimes ever.
December 26 – Richard Chase, the “Vampire of Sacramento,” kills himself by overdose on San Quentin prison death row.
Cold War (1947–1991)
1970s energy crisis (1973–1980)
Iran hostage crisis (1979–1981)
January 3 – Mary Wineberg, sprinter
January 5 – Bennie Joppru, American football player
January 7 – Ivan Moody, singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
January 16 – Lin-Manuel Miranda, playwright and composer
January 17 – Zooey Deschanel, actress and musician
Farside Cartoon Debuts
Oil Crisis ’79 recession (Cocoa TODAY) gas line
Chrysler Strike, Carter resolves
Canadian Caper — Six U.S. diplomats pose as Canadians and escape Tehran, Iran (Bomb Iraq)
ABSCAM Congressional Sting
1980 Winter Olympics
David Sanborn “Hideaway”
FEBRUARY 22 — MIRACLE ON ICE, KEVIN TURLEY, AND A 4-FOOT BONG
NOVEMBER — John & Yoko’s Double Fantasy
THE BROWN HOUSE
Old College Inn
University Ave. Arcade
HYDE & ZEKES
HOME GROWN — Steve Zoellner, The Botanist.
Allman Brothers at the Band Shell
Sea Level / Dixie Dregs / Steve Forbert — Lake Alice Field
• Allman Brothers — University Of Florida (January 16, 1982)
at the end of FRAT ROW (where “The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks)
Rosie O’Grady’s — Happy Hour Gospel / solo piano and tap
at Turley’s downtown house, Sunday afternoon, after art show, had the family from Bat Cave, NC over for barbecue and a bath for the children, before they drove their truck and trailer, the art circuit rig, back to the cave.
DOWNTOWN UNIVERSITY AVE. (HISTORY)
Great Southern Music Hall
Johnny Heins photograph … with Sandy Felsenthal’s camera, getting a ride home with Sandy’s (nice) roommate,
1960s — Tom Petty — Mudcrutch / Dubb’s / “FM” / “Damn The Topedoes”
Artificial Ingredients — Skydiving with Bob and Rocky. Zombies at The Old College in. The Nude Bomb w/Maxwell Smart, brownies in the oven, a quart of Jack …
Rocky (with the Buddy Holly glasses) was a sailor stationed at Mayport.
Mayport Jazz Festival — Maynard Ferguson (Trumpet) “Chameleon” with UT brothers (electric bass and guitar) making it a jam. Home with neighbor Heidi. (Army general Father’s Vietnam era Silk war flag hanging on the wall.
TANGERINE BOWL — Mushroom Tea, Steve’s finest flowers, Before The Who, onstage with Labelle, Patti and her sisters, Nona Hendrix and … Riding out … police encounter “What’s wrong with your friend (author/Harry Crews student/Windjammer Bar … Jerry Ullseman)
Great Southern Music Hall [Spyro Gyra / Roy Buchannan]
Bruce living atop the Seagal Building — Part of the Manhattan Project.
DEPOT STREET — Tom Petty
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Wendy O’ Williams (The Plasmatics)
Talking Heads w/Bernie Worrell @ The Bandshell
HOME GROWN BOTANIST
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Cross Creek / The Yearling / Old Yeller / Sweet Jasmin
… just down the (country) road, Zoellner’s Secret Garden.
Andy Kaufmann — wrestling professionally / David Letterman character
Harvey Picar — another quirky, Letterman guest, who made his television reputation as a the angry, disagreeable, blue collar worker from Cincinnati. A charcter his friend Harry Crumb, the cartoonist (“Fritz The Cat”) might have created.
JAZZIZ — The Jazz Collector, a Picar/Crumb collaboration became a popular feature at the turn of a new Millineum, in a magazine called JAZZIZ.
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGHT
PAT BENATAR @ FLORIDA GYM
AL DI MEOLA
• CONVENIENCE IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
When I saw blood running down my arm and dripping off my elbow, I thought he had shot me in the heart.
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Steve Forbert / Gainesville, Florida (1980)
“You Can Not Win, If You Do Not Play.”
The importance of voting … forty years later.
Lake Alice Field
University of Florida
“The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks”
Don Felder (Local)
Pat Benatar (Florida Gym)
Frank Zappa w/Bernie Worrell
Talking Heads (Bandshell)
Steve Z (Botany Major)
Cross Creek, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings neighbor
Death Trap — Bob Bartollota (lights)
Rosie O’Grady’s (Happy Hour) w/Kevin Turley’s downtown neighbor, Leroy.
Pa. fusion band, blue stratocaster with phillip’s screw driver plugged in as a whammy bar
Boys today, don’t know what it’s like to drive in a real man’s car.
Great Southern Music Hall
Crack the Sky and Rosanne Cash (Bass and Drum)
Technical difficulty (bass amp)
Roy does 15 minutes, solo, slow, sweet, blues.
Muddy Waters w/Johnny Winter
“DEEP DOWN IN FLORIDA”
LAZING ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Downtown Art Festival
KEVIN TURLEY — Old North Florida, oak-shaded, downtown Gainesville house
Leroy making use of the small stand-up piano that came with the house/rental
Juke joint-style, gospel song, stomp dancing on the worn wooden floor
Our own, personal revival going on.
Attracted the neighbors
Watercolorist (Bat Cave, NC) Kevin had met earlier
invited to come over, before packing the trailer, and heading home.
Wife with two toddlers (boy and girl), in the white cast iron tub.
Smoking, Drinking, meat grilling
Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits on the stereo
Hyde & Zeke’s
Al Di Meola
w/ Jan Hammer, Anthony Jackson, Steve Gadd
Andy Kaufman (Woman Wrestling)
round stage rises from the middle of the cafeteria
Lake Alice Field
Meredith and Martha