Category Archives: PBS

Upstaging Maestro

man with sinuous hair watches bernstein conduct but hears not entering scene to seize baton

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Freudian Advice

Sigmund Freud occasionally injected small amounts of cocaine under skin and effused it magically cured depression and induced euphoria while giving strength and endurance of ox. Believing delights caused “absolutely no craving” he wanted to share with fiancée he warned would soon kiss quite “red” to prove “big man with cocaine in body” is stronger […]

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Showdown in Fresno

For two months I’d been teaching and writing most of the time and hadn’t left Bakersfield and wanted out but was reluctant to break the numbing routine and probably wouldn’t have if during the summer I hadn’t purchased an escape ticket for the late October game at Fresno State against Boise State, the now renowned […]

Also posted in Football, Fresno, George Thomas Clark, Highway 99, Ryan Mathews, Travel

Jack Johnson Relives PBS Documentary of his Life

Imagine my delight. I’d never seen or heard of television. But there it was, a little movie screen projecting my image and my words. And I was not merely alive and young again, I was the heavyweight champion of the world, the most famous of all black men, and, as you know, a sharply dressed […]

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