My neighbor, Steve,
across the street, has nine goats on his farm, old goats, goats too
old to milk any more, so their owner, Sheri, who has a goat milk dairy
farther up the
road and is too kind- hearted to do the old goats in, farms them out to
where they live out their lives comforably at what we call the Old Goat
Home. I get to feed the goats when Steve is tied up somewhere else, a
chore for the goats bleat and baaa happily when they hear me coming,
step on my
toes while I pour their grain into the trough, then chew contentedly as
I slip out the door.
sitting for ten
sodden mass overgrown with
decided to get it
propane torch and diesel did the
ain't gonna burn no more
Knight Library at the U of O
yesterday with a friend,
This past weekend I spent two
afternoons and evenings at the Lane County fair
sitting at the Authors Table greeting people and selling and signing my
Shot The Water Buffalo? and my brother John's book, Prankster Memoirs.
Met a lot
of nice people, new faces and old friends and they all asked how I was
doing and got
the same answer, "Montando el bufalo!" and if they didn't get that, I'd
"Vi viendo el sueno."
Siting next to me was Dorcas Smucker,
who writes a weekly column in the Sunday
paper, "Letter From Harrisburg," about living in the Mennonite
her life in a rural setting: gardens and animals and children and
myriads of other experiences. She had numerous books for sale:
collections of her
newspaper articles, a book of short stories and two books that were
essays in which she was included.
Here's Bill Sullivan, the most prolific of he Oregon Authors, best know
large collection of hiking books, of which we have two. He also does
fiction titles and a novel called The Case of D.B. Cooper's parachute,
reading now, fast paced, a detective protaganist, frolicing women and a
plot. Bill organizes many of these author tables at various events.
Toni and John Rakestraw, co-authors of a novel about the real reaon
behind the sinking
of the Titanic. I've got the book and it is next up on my reading of
Oregon author's books
when I am done with Bill Sullivan's.
ANOTHER YOUTUBE FROM
Here's a Youtube from the Fourth of July, FORTA 13, done as we are
Eric Richardson on bass, Lou Crist on accordian, me on trombone, Rudson
on drums, Jon Sebree on congas, Simon Babbs on guitar and Walker T.
ODE TO A DEXTER JERSEY
By Jim Spear, Eileen
Babbs and Ken Babbs
My Bunny lives over by
My Bunny lives over
My Bunny provides milk
for our porridge
And cream for our
My Bunny's a very
She learns at a very
On Monday we moved her
to new grass
On Tuesday she stood
by the gate.
My Bunny is not a big
My Bunny is a skinny
But that doesn't mean
she's not healthy
So don't report me to
the county no how.
Milk me, milk me
And relieve me of this
Milk me, milk me
And jam up my my impulse
SOLSTICE YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW HUGE FULL MOON
HERE'S A GREAT ANIMATED FILM
something from ESPN. It tells a good story of Doc. Clearly Doc
of us. Hit hard times. Money people didn't care for his
-- Ed G.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SUNDAY, JUNE 9,
FRIDAY, MAY 24,
got to see Bruce Hornsby yesterday. He was playing at the NCAA track
University of Oregon, before the meet started, on a small
the south end of the field, a grand piano and a small drum kit in
an NBC camera filming, barriers around the stage and on the back three
placed where people coming in the East gate could mosey past and
stand and watch.
told me he’d be there at eleven. I walked in a backdoor path used by
going back and forth from training areas, said hello to the security
like a volunteer worker for the track meet, white shirt, carrying
of O ball cap, sun glasses – she said good morning and I was inside the
I got close to the field a stern looking security guy asked me if he
me and I said I was supposed to meet Bruce Hornsby but didn’t know
said, “I heard a piano over there.”
piano tuner was tuning the piano. I asked a guy if he knew where Bruce
he said he went to the green room but should be back in fifteen minutes.
found a chair and sat and watched the fans stream in. I spotted Bruce
side of the stage. Taller than the people gathered around him. I went
we shook and hugged and the same with his son, Keith, just completed
year at UNC Ashville, where he played on the basketball team and was
in the country in free throw percentage.
“Remember what you said,
Babbs, you don’t live very long, get as much meat as you can.”
laughed. I told him, “You know how someone will give you the limp
doing it with him. “That’s when you tell him, ‘Get all the meat you
the good shake.
turned to Bruce. “What’s that joke about the trombone player you once
saying in an aside to Sonny, “I play the trombone, the bone.”
guy says to his ex-wife,” Bruce said, ‘I hate every bone in your body’
unison Sonny and Keith joined in – “‘except mine.’”
I aske Bruce what he was doing after the gig he said, “Nothing. I
vocal cords and can’t talk, so I’m laying low.”
Bruce and Sonny took the stage and did a jazzy duet, the
between them close and deep, Bruce standing up now and then and
at Sonny, both of them grinning all the time, the crowd
Vin Lanamana, the meet director, presented them
with bright yellow U of O ball caps.
The whole set was shown on the jumbotron
high above us.
It was time for Bruce
to go to the center of the field and sing
Star Spangled Banner so we said goodbye for now, to meet again in July
Bruce and his band come back to Eugene to play at the Cascadia Music
at the foot of Mt. Pisgah.
Whoa, didn't know it
had been so long since I put anything on the website. Can claim
I've been working full bore on my new book, Cronies, A Burlesque, which
is all about
adventures with Kesey and the pranksters and friends. But, have to add,
I've been tied
up with a cow, too, for our daughter bought a milk cow and calf and we
had to build a shed
and put up a fence and now have had to extend the pasture she eats so
there's the milking. Once a day now until the calf gets weaned, then it
will be twice a day.
What? No pics of me milking? Ha ha.
Keep a weathered eye peeled, peering
neato youtube of the night at New Zone art gallery in Eugene
I talked about my brother John's paintings. Good shots of the painings
great musical background.
the youtube of the art gallery talk was done by Hedda, who covers many
activities in Eugene. To see her many works, go to her website:
TAXES ARE DONE AND GONE
HAVE A COW
And a calf, as
purchased by our daughter, Liz, and parked in the pasture we
fenced in over the weekend.
Come on, darling,
time to drain the udder, is that an udder delight or what? I'll
tell you what, four gallons a day and that's with the calf taking half.
HERE'S THE WEBSITE FOR OXBOW FARM WHERE MILK AND OTHER
GOODIES CAN BE HAD
MY BROTHER JOHN DIED A YEAR AGO TODAY
photo of one of John's paintings by Kenneth Roberts
I celebrated the
anniversary of my brothers death by tidying up his grave site and
sending in my income taxes, then had a whiskey and ginger ale, his
FRIDAY, MARCH 8,
I was interviewed by Matt Reed at the University of Tennessee for the
To read the interview, click on:
Been working full
bore on my new book, Cronies, all about the adventures with
Kesey and the Pranksters and friends, so the poor website has been
Here's the lead in to chapter three of Cronies:
"The bus was an experience machine. That was what
when you went on it, was an experience. Every time you got near it
you started experiencing, hotly."
The pump don't work ‘cause the vandals stole the
it doesn't matter because papa’s got a brand new bag! Reworking the
old 60's beat. What were
and Dad doing when the kids went to bed,
Mister Jones? Not working on Maggie's Farm, that's for sure. I've got
the REAL PICTURES and the AUTHENTIC TAPES and I'll be showing them
and playing them back with no let up and no get up until I've
answered every question, solved every mystery and explained every
oddity. So lie back and let these oldies but goldies wash across your
brain pans better than two hundred mikes of sunshine daydream dental
flossing you ear to ear with easy listenings...but it's got to have
that EDGE!...starting right this instant and continuing until I've
gone through the fifteen hundred still photos shot by Ron Bevirt, the
forty hours of film and all the sound tapes that were made while
riding ON THE BUS, The Legendary Road Trip of KEN KESEY!...wall to
wall sound...coast to coast tripping...things you won't believe...I've
been humiliated by professional humiliaters, but this stuff makes my
ears turn red.. so, remember, boys and girls, breathe through your
nose....this turf is that strong...natural as hair in a biscuit...don't
I didn't warn you!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18,
Between sets, sitting in the back of Mickey's bus, rehashing old
stories and inventing
new ones, at the McDonald theater in Eugene, Oregon, last night, when
Hart band rocked the boat.
FOR AN MP3 CASSADY
POME, CLICK ON:
FOR THE SECOND HALF
OF THE CASSADY POME
NEAL POME 2
A page out of Kesey's Cuckoo's Nest
Here's a short youtube of Los Tres
Caballeros (KapnKen, Walker T. Ryan and
Eric Richardson) doing a musical and verbal number called Telephone
live at Tsunami Books in Eugene, Oregon in December, 2011.
PAPERBACK OF WHO SHOT THE WATER
Kapn' thanks for the hookup. Watched and listened with rapt ears and
I was taken back back way back to something I read along time ago about
elimination match for the Olympics. Given some kind of speed to compete
exhaustive pursuit he stood, his brain moving fast faster fast but his
body not quite
up to it, he trys to but fails, his wrestling career comes to an end.
But he was a stud
of the highest order. A champion rastler indeed. He had a tuff head and
minded as well. The instincts of a lion and the heart of a
saint. To you a best friend.
For us a champion. We all were the better for the encounter. The
synchronicity of it
all, the sum larger than the parts, brave hearts all. Thanks again
Kap'n, for the flash
Your friend, #43 johntaby shamokinpa "Love Never
AVAILABLE AT TSUNAMI BOOKS IN EUGENE
$14 includes free shipping in U.S. All books signed.
Last weekend I was
in San Francisco and
went to City Lights Bookstore where I found
a copy of my book on the shelf, so with my grandson Dylan to witness
it, I signed the book
with an inscription to the reader and put it back on the shelf, no one
the wiser until some
unsuspecting reader buys it.
VICE is finally running our interview. Everybody is really excited
around the office. Apparently VICE feels like they're following in the
of the Pranksters. My editor says there is a direct line between what
did and what VICE is trying to do, now.
Here's the interview:
My editor forced me to say that your bathroom stalls are in your living
even though I repeatedly tried to explain that they weren't. At a point
had to shut up and do what my boss told me. I hope that doesn't piss
TOO much. It's building the myth, right?
A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
My name is Craig Zolotorow. I am a student at Howard Community
College in Columbia, Maryland. I am a self-described hippie and as
such I am doing a research paper for my American History Class on the
early part of the San Francisco scene (ie 1965-1966). I have a few
questions I was hoping you could answer.
How common was shorter (straight) hair styles during the early hippie
scene in '65-'66?
Pranksters were short hair people because when we got started in 64
that was our hairstyle and long hair hadn't taken hold yet. the
musical and movie, Hair, pushed the long hair fashion and also as the
hippie movement came on no one wanted to go to a barber.
What were their clothes like during the same time period?
Our uniforms during the bus trip in '64 was striped shirts, everyone
had his own striped shirt, to give us a continuity look in the movie
we were shooting. Once the psychedelic revolution got cooking in lat
'64 and on into the summer of love in '67, western leather fringe and
headbands and flared pants and tie dye and flowery long dresses were
all the rage.
How did the merry prankster make a lasting influence on American
By being written up in Tom Wolfe's book, The Electric Kool Aid
Test. Hadn't been for that, we'd just have been one group of hundreds
in the S.F. Bay area who were doing the same thing. Except for the
bus trip to Madhattan in 1964. No one else did that. And no one else
had Ken Kesey as the main man, the man who wrote to great novels and
if it hadn't been for that, Tom Wolfe would never have written us up.
So we became the ones everyone heard about but don't for a minute
think we were the only ones. When meatball hit it hit everybody and
everything, including the rocks, the earth, the plants and the
Is there any info/photos you could point me to on the early hippie
Yes. Google images. Type in early hippie scene. Type in Merry
Pranksters. Type in Ken Kesey. Type in The Bus Further.