This photo shows two boys on bikes in a mud puddle in what would become People’s Park. We chose it to illustrate the callous neglect of the University after demolishing the houses and apartments in the block.
A few weeks after the book was published, Jacaeber Kastor sent me this photo.
Kastor grew up in Berkeley. He is deals in psychedelic fine art, posters, paper, and ephemera in New York.
He said of the photo that he sent: “My brother and I in December 1964, before that photo in the book and before we got the sissy bars… Jeff (Jacaeber) on left, Mark on right.”
If you are still curious, you may read the history of the Sting-Ray here.
The Copeland mud puddle photo is glorious – the malfeasance of the University and the joy of young boys in a mud puddle, all in one. What a great chance encounter.
My friend chuckled when he saw the photo. “I forget, how many bikes did you go through in your two years of college? I pretended that this wasn’t painful. “Three were stolen, including my big brother Ric’s bike that I was so proud of. One got totaled when a car pulled out of a driveway in front of me. So that makes four. I gave up. What about this mini post?