My first job and my first boss

Wonderful Art Kunkin, when he founded the Los Angeles Free Press in 1964.


I first met Art at my first Renaissance Pleasure Faire, when it was still a fundraiser for Pacifica Radio’s Los Angeles station, KPFK. A couple of years later, he offered me my first real job – doing graphic layout at the Freep in the summer of 1966. There, based on conversations with friends also working there, I plotted my course to the Haight-Ashbury, where my real life began. A letter I sent to these same friends from Ann Arbor, Michigan, which they placed in Letters to the Editor unbeknownst to me, resulted in a write-up by Joan Didion in the Saturday Evening Post in January 1967, titled “Alicia and the Underground Press.” The no-computer layout skills I acquired at the Freep served me well in creating the first edition of Living on the Earth in 1970.

Art and I remained in touch over the years, and I saw him again when he was in his 90s in Joshua Tree, California.

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