Ya know, the funny thing is that the other day I thought of something like three other"where are they now" people East Village characters and Pyramid regulars . . . and meant to post them when I got the 'puter warmed up . . . but now I forget who I had remembered. Memory is a funny thing. I just remembered someone who I hadn't thought of befor - Red Ed. Hatches I'm sure you know where he is now. However Hattie, I too heard that same story about the paper-bag hat pharmacist and I don'think tha it was you who told me, I think it was one of my neighbors from when I lived on 9th Street . . . but I could be wrong about that. It was probably you.
Who is Pops Stiener, is THAT Larry T?
Every now and then I see some old East Village kook on the street - and they perhaps see me too - and though we maybe never ever knew each other by name - we recognize each other from a time when there were hundreds of us "character types" milling about the streets . . . now like endangered species we are outnumbered by this invading species of NYC (aka NYU) newbies . . . and somehow when I see an old EVK (East Village Kook) I feel assured that there is someone else who is holding out in their under $500 a month roach and rat infested tenement flat.
As Tabboo so succinctly put it recently, "Us old East Village fags are new old Polish ladies and these new kids are just waiting for us to die so they can get our apartments." In the words of Herr Kookala (aka "Smokey"), "Oh the vissisitudes of life."
My recreation of Lucy Carmichael in "Heil Lucy" was some of my best "work" - ever! Not to mention the casting of Davey Illku as Mr. Mary-Jane Mooney and Clark Render as Kim-Craig Carmichel. Unfortuanately though the shows were not taped on VHS but in Kineoscope and all the tape has disovled into sulfuric acid.