The Streets Are Alive: Summer of ′65

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away

Third edition

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231027
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240821 | DOI:
The Streets Are Alive: Summer of ′65

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There were several firsts for Allen Jones during the crucial months of summer 1965. He took his first sniff of heroin, he had real sex, and became an older brother for the first and only time in his life. All three of these events changed his small world. His mother gave birth to his baby brother, Robert F. Jones, later to be known around the city as Boogaloo Bob for his basketball skills. He would grow up to be good enough to play for the Globetrotters before injuries and weight problems would eventually slow him down. During this time something was always going on in the streets. He remembers one summer afternoon when word was out that there was going to be a street fight in the Patterson Houses, with one side of the Projects against the other. They called this a “shame battle.” This sort of thing happened regularly in the Lester Patterson Houses.

Keywords: Allen Jones; summer 1965; heroin; sex; Boogaloo Bob; Robert F. Jones; street fight; Lester Patterson Houses; shame battle

Chapter.  3504 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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