Notes from underground

first_imgJohn McMillian didn’t escape his book tour’s bad luck until he reached Cambridge.There was the sprained ankle in Austin; the airplane that burst into flames; the theft of his new Ray-Bans from his shirt pocket; and the stranger who threw up on his shoes in a bar in New York City, where the threat of bed bugs loomed back at his hotel room.But Cambridge.Cambridge was once home for McMillian, who for years was a resident tutor in Quincy House, and who stopped by Harvard Wednesday (March 2) on his cross-country tour to promote his new book, “Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America.”The book chronicles the massive ’60s “youthquake” and the rise of radical underground publications, such as the Berkeley Barb, The Rag, and the East Village Other, and dozens more papers, which at one point, McMillian said, had a readership numbering in the millions.“For me one of the big questions about the ’60s was how people became so intensely radical so quickly,” said McMillian, who is now an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University. “In 1962 the Beatles recorded ‘Love Me Do’ and in 1966 they recorded ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ — the culture had changed so phenomenally.”By the end of the ’60s, “something like 1 million young people were self-identifying as radicals or revolutionaries,” said McMillian.“The underground press was a great undertold story, and underanalyzed phenomenon. In the ’60s you had people who decided that society not just needed to be reformed, but that it was rotten at its core. How did they get there? The underground press helps to explain that story.”McMillian also explores the once widespread belief that smoking banana peels would get you high. Known as the Great Banana Hoax of 1967, McMillian said the rumor originated — and circulated — in the underground press.“No one had ever traced the development of that rumor. I think I’m now the world’s leading authority on the Great Banana Hoax of 1967,” he joked.McMillian was a nine-year fixture on campus, also lecturing in history and literature and teaching in Harvard’s undergraduate writing program. You could find him most Friday nights hosting chat sessions on politics and world events in his dimly lit Quincy House quarters, complete with a pink lava lamp, beaded curtains, and requisite bottle of red.“Living at Quincy was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life,” he said. “I love being around the energy of the University, the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square.”McMillian’s next project is a history of the rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.Whose side is he on?“In the book I’m not taking a position. But, the Beatles,” he said. “A million times more than the Stones.”And with his charmingly disheveled hair that perfectly matches his ethos, he added: “When I die, I want people to play ‘Revolver’ and ‘Sgt. Pepper’ on a loop. That’s how I want to go out.”Groovy.last_img read more

Inadvertent disclosure of personal tax information occurs at Vermont Department of Taxes

first_imgAlso, the Vermont Department of Taxes is immediately reviewing all safeguards related to the disclosure of taxpayer information.  Department staff will strengthen the procedures related to the publication of this specific report.   Also, standard operating procedure at VDT requires that the Taxpayer Advocate investigate and prepare a report with recommendations after any such inadvertent disclosure.  ‘Safeguarding your personal information is the top priority of the Department of Taxes, and we will take every corrective action to ensure that this mistake does not occur again,’ said Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson.  ‘I encourage all affected taxpayers to take advantage of the resources being offered to address this unfortunate error.’ Vermont Department of Taxes Jan 10, 2012 The Vermont Department of Taxes (VDT) inadvertently displayed personal data from a weekly batch of Property Transfer Tax Returns for less than two hours on a vendor portion of its website on January 9th.  A computer error began a process that resulted in an extra field added to a routine public report. The social security numbers of 1,332 individuals and the Federal Employee Identification Number of 245 businesses were involved. The property transfer report is posted weekly on a data page ordinarily accessed only by real estate professionals; immediate investigation identified two of the three parties who accessed the page during the time in question, and they have destroyed the information.  VDT is working to identify the final party, who will be advised that they inadvertently received confidential taxpayer information that must be destroyed. The Vermont Department of Taxes is moving aggressively to ensure that taxpayers are protected from identity theft.  All affected taxpayers will receive a letter alerting them that their personal information was inadvertently disclosed.  Letters will be sent no later than Saturday, January 14th.  The letter encourages taxpayers affected by the inadvertent disclosure to take the following steps:  Call or email the Department of Taxes if they have questions regarding this issue.  Taxpayers may call (866) 348-4038 or email questions to [email protected](link sends e-mail)  Check back for updates posted on our website at is external).  The Department will also post updates through its Facebook page and Twitter account. Learn more about credit monitoring, details to be set forth in the letter to individual taxpayers. While we are confident that the risk to affected taxpayers is small, the Department encourages taxpayers to use these resources.  last_img read more

Laurel Man Grew 57 Pot Plants, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police confiscated marijuana plants, like these, in Laurel on Tuesday (DEA)Authorities say they’ve busted an alleged marijuana growing operation following a raid on a man’s Laurel home Tuesday.Anton Van De Wetering was arrested and charged with growing marijuana without a license.Riverhead Town Police said the 43-year-old suspect had 57 pot plants at his Eagles Nest home.A joint investigation with The East End Drug Task Force found the alleged grower transported the plants in a box truck, police said.The truck was impounded and Van De Wetering will be arraigned at Riverhead Town Justice Court.Police added that additional charges are pending a Suffolk County Crime Lab analysis.last_img read more

Mr. Robert Gayle “Bobby” Curlin

first_imgMr. Robert Gayle “Bobby” Curlin, age 80, of Ripley, Ohio, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 22, 1937, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the son of the late, Ernest and Lydia R. (Washburn) Curlin. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana, where he attended high school. Bobby was united in marriage on October 19, 1973, in Newport, Kentucky, to the late, Fredia F. Shelton. Bobby and Fredia shared nearly 44 years of marriage together until Fredia passed away on July 17, 2017. Bobby was employed for Stone Belt Trucking in Shoals, Indiana. He was also employed as a bore mechanic machine operator for Ford Motor Company in Sharonville, Ohio for 13 years. He resided in Medora, Indiana, for 15 years, Vevay, Indiana community and the Ripley, Ohio community. Bobby was a member of the Switzerland Masonic Lodge No. 122 F&AM, Sons of the American Legion Post #185 and attended the Fredonia Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana. Bobby enjoyed being a truck driver for 22 years and will be remembered for his love of gardening, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. Bobby passed away at 4:10 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the Ohio Valley Manor in Ripley, Ohio. Bobby will be missed by his daughters, Alice Welti and her husband: Don of Milan, IN and Lydia Burger and her husband: Daniel Scott of Valparaiso, FL; his sons, Alvin Robert Curlin and his wife: Connie of New Richmond, OH and Adrian Gayle Curlin and his wife: Robin of Hamilton, OH; his step-daughter, Jo Ann Blevins of Columbus, IN; his step-son, John Eric Klimczewki of Vevay, IN; his 8-grandchildren; his 4-step-grandchildren; his 5-great-grandchildren; his 4-step-great-grandchildren; his brother, Paul Curlin and his wife: Beverly of Vevay, IN; his sister, Frances Houze and her husband: John of Aurora, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Lydia R. (Washburn) Curlin; his wife, Fredia F. (Shelton) Curlin, died July 17, 2017; his step-daughter, Kim Foutch; his granddaughter, Brooke Curlin; his brothers, Blanton, Courtland, James, Charles, J.T., Russell, Dilver and Wilbur Curlin and his sisters, Daisy Curlin, Laura Jean Kennedy, Ann Crow and Ernestine Lakes.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Wayne Daugherty at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Fredonia Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Masonic Services will be conducted by the Switzerland Masonic Lodge No. 122 F&AM at 1:00 pm, Friday, February 9, 2018, at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to Fredonia Baptist Church or Fredonia Cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more