Columbia University 1968


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Photo: Columbia College Today, Spring 1968.

Low Library people congregating in the window of the President's office. That's me with the walkie-talkie (our link with strike headquarters in Ferris Booth Hall after the phones were disconnected). I got to do this because of my extensive battlefield communications training in the Army :-)  This is probably day two or three, before the criss-crossed tape was added to the windows.


Students occupying the Columbia University President's Office in Low
 Library, April 1968
Photo: Columbia Spectator, 23 April 2003, p.11.

Here I am again (on the right) in the same Low Library window, taking in supplies from sympathisers. This is from the Spec article commemorating the 35th anniversary of the strike; the caption is totally wrong (rags and vaseline???). Sorry about the quality; that's how it was printed. Some day I'll see if I can find original photos at Spectator and Columbiana for this site.


Students occupying the Columbia University President's Office in Low
 Library, April 1968    Here's another Low Library window shot. The middle two guys are Tony Papert (second from left, white shirt), the "shadowy figure" who "controlled" the Low Library occupiers (as the press would have it), and Gus Reichbach, an unruly law student [now, according to Columbia Magazine Spring 2008, a New York State Supreme Court Judge]. I remember the others, but not their names. Note the two styles of defiant raised-arm salute: the more mild and conciliatory flower-child V sign, and the more militant and radical clenched fist. Photo: Found at Columbiana, original source unknown.


Frank da Cruz / fdc@columbia.edu / Columbia University 1968 / Jun 2001 - Dec 2003 / Updated 7 Jul 2008