Hi, I grew up in a small Mississippi town. My sister and I were the only two Jewish kids in all the 12 grades of school. I was lucky enough to be living in Mississippi during a very critical time of change when the civil rights movement and the Viet Nam War were going on. In addition the Deep South was changing from “good ole boy” to hippie during this time period. In fact I was one of the first hippies, or I should say “wanna-be hippies”, the town ever saw.
Am I a Redneck Jew? Probably not now, but I was when I left high school and arrived at the most prestigious university in whole South, the University of Alabama, I was a “redneck Jew”, compared to all the “city slickers” I met there. In fact college was the first place I actually met a lotta’ Jews my own age! I can honestly say, I didn’t know what a Jew was until I went to college!
After sharing my stories with friends and family over the years, I have finally decided to write them down. This blog is based on actual events. I’ve changed the names to protect the the guilty. I tell things the way I remember them and I do not intend to sugarcoat anything. It is supposed to be a humorous blog and not to be taken too seriously. Life should be fun, right? It was very wild growing up in the Deep South during this time period of rapid change. I hope to get some positive comments from other “Redneck Jews” who experienced the Deep South during this time period.
I’ve had a lotta’ lives and I’ve lived a lotta’ places, but most of my life has been spent in the Deep South. I went to college at the most prestigious university in the whole South, the University of Alabama, home to the most winning football team in the country under the legendary coach Bear Bryant. For an encore, I went to grad school at Penn State University home to he other most winning coach in college football, Joe Paterno. Actually, I was employed by the Athletic Departments at both universities.
I have lived in 10 states for different periods of my life. I’ve lived in the New York City area for the second longest period of my life. I experienced “Sex in the City” and did the “Jersey Shore” before there were ever the TV Shows about such things. I’ve also lived in four different countries, thus giving me the ability to see the American South from an international perspective.
I have a lifetime of stories to fill this blog with. I am starting with stories about grade school through high school and some college thrown in too and will move forward from there. That’s quite a lot of ground to cover! Not to mention, I am genealogist so I have another 220 years of family history I can pull from, going back to the late 1700s up to the present. This blog and book will be most concerned with the time when FM rock was king, long before it was ever called Classic Rock, and up to the beginning of the Disco era.
Let’s Rock and Roll!!!!