I heard from Larry Lubetsky yesterday. Larry was my friend in high school. Over the years we lost touch. He’s in Baltimore now where he’s lived most of his adult life.
“Its hard to know what to say in an email to someone I’ve only seen once in 30 + years, though I’m glad that we’ve once again established contact.”
He’s right, though we shared so many strange and amazing times while growing up.
Larry was among the more deep thinking of my friends. In that era there was lots to ponder. We were in the middle of the Vietnam War and all of us were worried we’d have to go. We worried just as much about how poorly we were suited for the military.
We used to joke about the inappropriate Edward Durrell Stone designed campus. It was originally planned for a California college, then used in New York without consideration for its practicality in a location with all four seasons! It was good to be the governor’s friend–as Stone was.
The scariest movie I ever saw was seen while at SUNY Albany visiting Larry. It was a filmed stage play, “The Brig,” about a sadistically brutally USMC brig in Japan. I was so shaken by the experience it disturbs me to this day! I can still close my eyes and see it. Creepy.
Larry was also in the group of friends who used to go to the Village Theater/Fillmore East in the late 60s. We saw the top groups of that era perform in an old, tired, worn, former Yiddish theater in a seedy neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. The Joshua Light Show performed on the wall behind the acts.
No need to bring pot. The place reeked of it. Just inhale and enjoy the music.
Larry wrote me on Facebook and I wrote back with a line from Dobie Gillis, a late 50s TV show we often quoted. He responded in kind.
They had this huge steel ball on the end of an iron chain and it went boom, boom, boom. (To which Dobie asked Maynard if there were any more and Mayard said “two more, Dobie”).
I’ve thought about Larry many times over the years. Now, through Facebook, I know where he is and what he’s doing.