I Lived inside the Campus Revolution

By William Tulio Divale; James Joseph | Go to book overview

1. Making of a Fink

WHEN the knock came at the door that Monday afternoon, April 5, 1965, I answered it in my stocking feet. I had a Coke in one hand, and in the other the hamburger I'd been making myself for lunch.

I don't know which of us was the more surprised. He, at the sight of me (I weighed nearly 250 pounds then and at 6 feet 4 inches looked like what I'd been through most of high school--a varsity lineman). Or me, at the sight of him, standing trim and impeccable in a single-breasted charcoal-gray suit with an attaché case snugged under one arm.

My first thought was that he had the wrong address. Or, more likely, the wrong part of town. He seemed strangely out of place in that Temple City, California, factory workers' neighborhood where my brother, Robert, two years my junior, and I shared a students' apartment.

At that moment--as usual, to be perfectly honest--the place was a shambles. Two days' dirty dishes stood in the sink. Half empty Dixie cups and last night's take-out pizza cartons littered the floor. Somewhere beneath a mountain of books and papers (I was cramming for an exam at Pasadena City College, where I was a sophomore) were a couch and a couple of chairs, if you could find them. We didn't often try. The floor and the beds were our natural abodes. And bills were our natural enemies. A stack of them--most stamped "overdue" --were stashed beneath a table lamp which for the moment served as a paperweight.

Prospects for an insurance salesman--what I immediately took him to be--we definitely weren't, and I was about to tell him so when,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction: Inside The Campus Revolution vii
  • I Lived Inside the Campus. Revolution xxix
  • 1. Making of a Fink 1
  • 2. Commitment to Communism 21
  • 3. the Black Rose Queen 47
  • 4. Eyewitness to Genocide 65
  • 5. the Demarcation 81
  • 6. Secret War for Sds 97
  • 7. the Politics of Confrontation 117
  • 8. Up from Revolution 131
  • 9. Breakup 143
  • 10. the Angela Davis Affair 163
  • 11. Days of Rage--And Roses 187
  • 12- Who's Who in Campus Activism 201
  • Index 245
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