Picks- The Best of The Web
has a Mason in their life. I met Mason my first year of college
at the State University of New York at New Paltz. We were
dorm-mates in Chango Hall. Chango Hall was an all-black dorm
that the University tried to integrate in the Fall of 1975.
They did this by taking the last 125 white people who registered
to live in the dorms and placed them in Chango.
Our first impression- hmmmm... nice dorm.... a little old......
a little run down.... but nice.
Our first night- we are awakened by the chanting of "Get
our Whitey", marching of feet and clanking of pots and
pans against our doors and anything else that was not harder
than a steel pan.
first morning- 114 of the 125 white students moved out. Who
stayed on? Mason, myself and about 9 other misfits of the
college community for what turned out to be a great year in
the dorms(Among other things, this was the only dorm on campus
that you could walk to your English class in your bathrobe
and slippers, holding a cup of coffee and not have to go outside
and face the elements).
Mason(that we all have one of- unless we are one!) was older
than us(we were 16-17 and he must have been about 20 or so).
The four years made him seem a lot older and wiser than us...
but in retrospect, now that I think of it 35 years later,
he was just.... just ummm ........ a kid.
I lost contact with him for about 30 years but recently we
reconnected. He was working in the San Francisco school system
as an audiologist... Before that.... he was the unofficial
photographer for Garrison Keiler's Prarie Home Companion Show(a
photograther for a radio show?). But now his most important
function seems to be to pass on jokes, videos, photos, articles
and anything else of interest that he finds on the internet
that he thinks is worth sharing..... Having a huge archive
of his picks that was clogging up my computer, I thought it
would be a good idea to post them on The Carrboro News so
that anyone who has nothing better or is bored can go and
read up on Mason's favorites.
Carolyn and Mason- 1976
.... Guess not...
of July morning- in 1976 to be exact(this is after we
moved out of the dorm). We looked out our window and
saw hundreds of people milling around. We got dressed,
ran out to investigate and saw that there was a ceremony
unveiling a new Bicentennial Plaque. Astute as we are,
we saw the money making potential of this opportunity
that was placed right outside our doorstep. 90°
temperatures, hundreds of people and not a vendor in
site.We ran to Tthe Red Barn across the street bought
10 cans of OJ, paper cups, Wrote "Bicentennial
OJ" on one of our notebooks, set up the stand and
presto..... we were in business. We were expecting profits
in the hundreds of dollars and I had visions of grand
shopping sprees at the end of the day(more like early
afternoon as this would be a short dedication ceremony).
Well, the grand total in sales.... zero.... although
we almost sold a cup to a 6 year old for 10 cents(down
from a high of 25 cents) at the very end of the ceremony,
but he too passed us up....