A Life Lost

On this day, 43 years ago, one of my friends decided that he’d had enough. Around 4pm the phone rang with the news that he had removed himself from his and everyone else’s life. At barely 21 years old, he was through, finished, kaput. This talented aspiring writer was known for a variety of remarkably silly stunts. The last of which was leading a disheveled group of us in a chorus of some song I can no longer remember as the others left my house in the morning after a night of raucous drunken revelry. The New Year Eve’s events and how ten of us ended up sprawled all over my parent’s house with them IN residence, are its own story, as is this remarkable kid’s life. In addition to being a friend he was my first nemesis, which is yet another story, later to be told.

bookRick Schettler didn’t leave this life in anonymity. He left published in a book sometimes used to understand the tumultuous times known as the 1960s. Two of his essays were published in How Old Will You Be In 1984?: Expressions of student outrage from the high school free press, by Diane Divoky in 1969. Give it a read if you have time.

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About ileneh

I am a Macintosh expert, writer and photographer. I have published many articles on Apple related products, but I cut my writer's teeth producing grants and market research reports when the Web was just something a spider made. I've also worked as a photographer, dancer and social worker. ilene's Machine was born in 2000 when I realized everything I did involved some kind of machine. First, my answering machine, next a Vic 20, then a Mac 128. Add a variety of Macintosh machines and iOS devices over the years and before you know it, you have reached ilene's Machine. Please leave a message!
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One Response to A Life Lost

  1. ileneh says:

    I finally remembered the song we all sang! It was sung to the tune of “Age of Aquarius” from Hair. Our title was “This is the Dawning of the Age of Suburbia.”

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