Richard Tanélian, my old friend from the 70s, found me via the internet, after 40 years of separate destinies. He brings me back the photos of my trip to India that I thought I had lost.
Here they are, they tell that in 1966, I crossed Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, which has become difficult to do these days.
I had already trained in ’64 with a Paris-Oslo-Paris hitchhiking and crossed the States in ’65 with two buddies in a Cadillac “city coupé de Ville ” (by ’65, the dashboard froze with the air conditioning in Texas). A debt collection company after seizing the Cadillac from its owner, a black singer in embarrassment, paid us the gas for the trip if we drove the car from New York to Los Angeles. Hence the free ride. We had a good time with an R’N’B band in Malibu right after the race riots. To get back to NewYork via Salt Lake city and Chicago, a French woman declares her Greyhound card stolen and I take advantage of the new card. Hence free return.
I go dancing in Harlem at the Big Ben Small Paradise with two white French women and we are applauded by an attablée of blacks (we were the only white people in the room). On the other hand, in another club, leaning against the bar, I get thrown out by a big guy with bad vibes from the other big guys around us.