Ryan Roxie, Ren Ferguson and I at the Gibson Clinic in Warsaw, Poland. 24-10-2009 

Quality of the photos was reduced due to  download time constrains

In the mid 1960s I was reading Ralph Waldo Emerson, Allen Ginsberg, Sacred Books of the East, and attempting to read The Prophet by Kahil Gibran but the illustrations seemed much more interesting. I was listening to The Fugs, Peter Paul and Mary, Donovan, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix, The Doors, The Cream etc. There were also the Cold War, Vietnam War, human rights movements, sexual liberation taking place and an antiwar movement that I was involved in. I took a stand on important issues and was called a hippie. Thus I joined the 2% of young Americans between the ages of 15 and 25 that formed the 1960s Hippie Movement.

In 1970s, at about the time when the Vietnam War was over a gay liberation movement swept across major American cities and the world. It was a time for celebration because the war was over, many folks got their rights and our goals were reached. There were many house parties and celebrations, for example where I lived in Chicago and across the country. But by the 1980s things slowed down and changed. Many baby-boomers felt burned out and the economy also burning out. And then, I became unemployed. So, for I move to Europe where I join my Mom, who decided to relocate there earlier instead of moving to Arizona or Florida. I never planned to stay in Europe for long, but one thing led to another, and I got sucked in by the spirit of another brewing revolution. I suppose, in a subconscious way, that spirit may have lured me to Poland where I had the opportunity to witness a major revolution - the Solidarity Movement, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end to the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain. Yes, I believe it was that spirit of revolution that I tasted back home in Chicago, a town that had a long history of labor revolt dating back the Haymarket Square and the 1937 Memorial Day Steel Mill Riots that drove me back to Europe, Amsterdam and Poland in some inexplicable supernatural way.

I believe we're always on a frontier of a better world. And that dynamic process of changing the world began with the French Revolution and the 1960s freedom movements in America. So lets move on in that spirit of peace, love and freedom, and make this a better place for all through updating our world in a peaceful way from time to time when necessary.

Below are some photos from 1960-80s. More albums are in the photo galleries on top of this page. But please move on to the next pages where there's more info and stuff.

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My first guitar. Chicago 1966

I bought my first guitar in 1966 
with money I got for Xmas. 

Paul McCartney and his first guitar ("The Beatles Anthology"). 

In 2003, I found out that Paul McCartney's first guitar 
was also the Blues & Jazz "F" hole type like my first guitar. 
Later, I also found out that he wanted to become an English Teacher. 
That's another coinsidence because I've been teaching ESL abroad for years. 

By 1969 my guitar looked like this when I hit the road. 
Finally, I sold it in Europe when hard pressed for cash. 

Wisconsin 1976

Chicago's Lakefront 1979

With Tantra Yoga Guru friends from India, Planet Earth 1992

Krasinski Palace  in Warsaw, Poland. December 2010

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