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Hello, little schoolgirl (02/04/2007)
From: Linda Lewis

In 1970, when I was a 21-year-old flower child, I lived in San Francisco. The Grateful Dead were scheduled to play at the Family Dog, a venue very much like the old Cotter Rec, on the oceanfront at the foot of Golden Gate Park. I was so excited to see them play that I arrived very early and camped in front of the entrance for a couple hours before the doors were supposed to open. Several others did the same, but I was the first in line. The starting time came and went and the waiting crowd, which had grown to at least three hundred, became antsy. Then, out of the blue, "Captain Trips," Jerry Garcia, appeared in front of me. He had just arrived and tried to get in the stage door, but it was locked and nobody answered his hollering or knocking. I told him I would attract the attention of the security guard, whom I could barely see through a small window in the door. The guard came part way down the inside stairway and yelled, "We can't start yet! Garcia isn't here." We all yelled, "He's here!" and pounded on the door, but the guard disappeared. I shrugged and offered Jerry one of my cigarettes which he accepted with pleasure. We made small talk for awhile until the guard popped the door open a crack to address the boisterous mob of fans. When the guard saw Garcia standing there, he nearly fainted. Jerry told me thanks for the smoke and we all finally went inside. It was a great night...Garcia, Lesh, and Weir on guitars, Mickey Hart on drums, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan on organ. 

 

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