SAY HELLO TO JACK -
BSC, CA – For people like me, born outside the California culture that spawned Jack Herer and such, I could only read glimpses in magazine articles that caught my eye as I made my pot memoirs. Granted, I was reading popular magazines that carried subjects that interested me, but people like that just were people that I read about. Never in my wildest dream did I ever think that I would meet and smoke weed with people that I once read about; people at the heart of the California cannabis core.
|Melodye Montgomery and Jeff Clark in a recent photo op.|
Then I came to California, Southern California, and like the line goes in Pretty Woman, it is a place where dreams do come true. I met and smoked out with Jack Herer, twice, before he crossed over in 2010. It wasn't that I just bumped into Jack one day on the street. In California, you have to know somebody who knows somebody and so on. In a town of 25,000 it wasn't a hard thing to do, as I found out, if you worked in a mini-mart gas station.
Parallel to events early in Chapter 20, an acquaintance who was 420 friendly on my graveyard shift, led me to know a valley local who did silk-screening, aka tee shirt printing, in a small self-contained secluded plot of land in the heart of Murrieta. This woman was/is also a descendant of Vlad the Impaler, no joke. Through her I met her artist, a man named James. James, now also deceased, knew a couple named Victor, who sued and won a medical pot victory over the Temecula City Council. BSC, then the Full Value Review, was there. Marty and Lavonne [the Victors, soon to celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary], were good friends with Jack Herer from when they all lived in the Valley [SFV].
Later involvement with LA's NORML, both with Prop 37 [label GMOs] and announcing my book on the morning of Doomsday at their potluck meeting, led into the UCC fundraiser event and a signed poster by Jeff Clark, the artist who drew it. If memory serves, Jeff was the first 'old schooler' to give me a 'thumbs-up' on publishing my cannabis memories, and the only one of two who didn't treat my work as a pissing contest. I believe he also got a copy of Memoirs of Mr. Pete & Mary Jane Green.
|Jeff Clark, left, in an undated photo with 420Nurses and another cannabis activist.|
Freedom fighter Jeffery Clark Jeff Clark passed away quietly in no pain and at peace, at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield CA, on January 9, 2016, at 12:30 am. For a fuller picture of Jeff Clark, please see the excellent piece by Summer Rain here.
Rest. In Peace. Say 'high' to Jack, from Mr. Pete. And thanks.