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December 3, 1994
Yes, just when you thought you would never hear from any of us again, it is time to start planning for the next major debacle, the family reunion of 1995. I did not attend the last reunion in Washington myself and I understand that the turnout was lower than any time in recent memory, primarily because of a persistent rumor that Bill Henry would show up. He did not show up, to the great relief of everyone in the family and Washington's farm animals, too. Laurence is the organizer of the 1995 reunion and says that he has taken steps to have guards posted to prevent Bill Henry from showing up. Therefore, he says, we will not have to worry about Bill Henry's ugly mug spoiling any of the group pictures. He probably would have spent most of his time doing the Morris Moon anyway.
Laurence, as you all know, is now a married man which just goes to prove that the laws against such things are not tremendously effective. He wrote me to tell me that he had been laid up recently due to a heart bypass operation (apparently the doctors found that his heart served no useful purpose) and an operation for a blood clot in his leg. Both of these problems, he said, were the result of what could be politely described as an overly strenuous honeymoon, which he related at great length, and was obviously confused with some things which actually happened in high school. Men really don't need drugs because they have women. Barbara, his bride tells a somewhat different story, with considerably fewer disgusting details. In any event, he says that he is recovering nicely now and will be just as gross and disgusting as we all have gotten used to, and even come to cherish. Like Don Morris, he is something of a gem in his own right.
I have not been in touch with many of you so I cannot relate a lot of news about other people. I can assure you it is a great relief. However, on my own front, some significant things have happened. As far as my campaign to get our drug laws changed, there has been more success than we had dared hope. Far too much has happened, even in the last six months, for me to relate it all so I will stick to some of the highlights.
Legalization proponents are formidable opponents. The group acknowledged that
proponents of legalization are generally well-prepared and credible people whose
arguments, though compelling, are faulty. Proponents effectively use lawyers and public
relations firms to espouse liberalization of drug policies.
Shortly after their booklet was published I got a call from a publisher asking me to do a book in reply to theirs, which you should see in the bookstores next year.
But enough about politics. Now we will go on to the sordid details of the next reunion.
When July 8 and 9, 1995 Saturday and Sunday Where Picnic Area C Finley Park, at the corner of Stony Point Road and College Avenue Santa Rosa, California Directions: From Highway 101, take Highway 12 west one mile and turn north on Stony Point Road. The park is at the fourth stop light. There is a map attached to this newsletter, but it was based on something drawn by Laurence so I cannot verify its accuracy. Any child who is not living within thirty feet of you is considered a separate household. That's you, Alyssa. Bring Locals should bring one main dish such as beans, salad, etc. Laurence always recommends that somebody bring beans and says that, despite his recent medical problems he will be "in tune". Out-of-towners should bring appetizers and desserts. Where to Sandman Motel -- (707) 544 8570 Stay: Super 8 -- (800) 800-8000 Days Inn -- (800) 325-2525 Los Robles -- (707) 545-6330 Laurence says they are all close and have restaurants nearby. Supplies: Safeway, Albertson's, and Longs Drugs are a half milefrom the park. Safeway has an excellent deli. Other: The park has swimming pools, which Laurence says cost a bundle. It also has volley ball, horse shoes (for those of you who don't have your own shoes), tennis, covered pavilions with barbecues, handicapped access and restrooms (I'll bet you are all glad of that!) It also has a very nice playground.