Was there anything that you felt that was unfortunate about that?
Yes, the whole thing, I think it was so tragic, ah, I remember when I went down there. The thing was, it wasn't well planned. Ah, there were things like toilets that weren't functioning, and as a result, water, and not just water, feces and everything was running all around the thing. The mo- most God awful stench in the world, and it was a health hazard among other things. But, the powers that be felt that it had to stay for awhile and had to happen. And, ah, Ramsey Clark was Attorney General who believed that poor people had to--
I want to start on this again
You were telling me on the phone, or maybe Jackie on the phone, about how Resurrection City had these problems, but they're also things you can laugh at. And you're just telling us that story--
Yes, well. That's one thing, boy, if we didn't have any humor in the movement we were dead. But I went one morning with Roger and a couple of guys from the Justice Department whom Ramsey had sent over with us, and somehow Roger slipped on those boards that was just encrusted with, ah, mess, and he fell into the thing. Well, I had to laugh, it was so funny, I felt sorry for him, but it, it broke the tensions, 'cause we were very nervous, we never knew what was gonna happen next, you know. And they had sent the, the FBI people, or the b- the Justice people, around to kind of watch over things.
Can I interrupt you for one second?
Could you tell us that same story, but could you say Roger Wilkins.
Oh, I'm sorry, you know, I forget.
That's OK. So you're telling us about things that were at least funny sometimes, and happened in Resurrection City.
Yes, I went one morning with Roger Wilkins, who was with the Justice Department, and a couple of other fellows from there. And you know- Justice Department people wore the tweed jackets, and the well pressed pants, and things, and their Cordovan[SIC] boots, and kind of elegant, you know. And Roger wasn't that elegant I must say. But he had on a pretty nice plaid shirt. He slipped on the board where some of this crud was and fell. And, ah, I had to laugh, well it was so ridiculous and so horrible, and, ah, but it was funny. And you had to have things to laugh about, otherwise you would have cried so hard you couldn't stand it, you know.