|In the 60's, it was reclaimed by Native Americans briefly.|
|Al was 35 in this pic.|
Oddly enough - Al owned a couple of homes in my hometown of Northbrook Illinois. And the land that I grew up on was reportedly one of his "ranch properties." My parents bought it in the 50's from someone who had purchased it from one of his relatives.
There had been cows up on our hill, and we often found bones while digging up the backyard. Years later, I wondered if there might be any other bones up in Al's old ranch property (frenemies.) Alas, never got around to looking.
|The Rock from SF|
While visiting the rock I met this fellow. Author William Baker, Bill Baker former Alcatraz inmate #1259.
|William G Baker, Author/Inmate Alcatraz 1259|
During the tour of Alcatraz, there was a moment in "D Block" where the prisoners were locked into isolation. The voice tour includes an inmate saying "But if you close your eyes, eventually you see a pinpoint of light, and then you see images - and those images can take you anywhere."
Take you anywhere. Cool.
NPR interviewed Bill some years back:
|The Potala Palace Tibet|
|Palden showing "thumb cuffs"|
Below is a tape smuggled out of Drapchi Prison by these Buddhist nuns whose sentences were increased by years because of its revelation. Worth reminding folks there are prisoners suffering around the world for nonsensical reasons - the entire prison concept needs to be rethought in light of flipside research. Punishment isn't relevant, revenge is meaningless, giving people the opportunity to help others through teaching or compassion is the only logical way to deal with prisons or prisoners. (See Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next" for further info). If we're here to teach, learn or help - what's the point?