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ADN-ZB-Stöhr-4.12.1961-In der Nacht vom 3. zum 4.12.1961 wurde begonnen, an weiteren Abschnitten die Staatsgrenze der DDR zu Westberlin zu festigen. Auf unserem Foto die Panzersperre am Kontrollpunkt Friedrichstraße.

My First East Berlin Escapade

MY FIRST EAST BERLIN ESCAPADE By James Bovard This is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – one of the most glorious moments in the modern history of freedom.  I first passed through that wall while hitchhiking around Europe in the summer of 1977. After camping in West German woods within […]

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A Bushel of Laughs on the Ernie Hancock Radio Show

My old friend Ernie Hancock and I had a rowdy time this morn on his Freedoms Phoenix Radio Show. Ernie kindly asked for a summary of Public Policy Hooligan and I specified that most of the book does not involve people trying to stab me. Ernie asked about the scandal in my old hometown, Front […]

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Podcast: My Santa Adventure and Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Festivus to everyone! When I worked as a Santa Claus in Boston in 1977, I met a lot of zany characters including a Boss from Hell who would tell me “go out there & look jolly DAMMIT!”  But the most vivid memory is of a mother and daughter who […]

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Confessions of a One Season Santa – WSJ

In my wayward youth, I worked one season as a Santa Claus at a Filene’s Department Store in Boston.  I wrote up that escapade for the Wall Street Journal in 2011.  This piece is an outtake from Public Policy Hooligan – which includes some other details of that gig not fit for a family newspaper. The […]

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Busted in Barcelona (Almost) 1977

I heartily support Catalonia’s referendum on secession even though I was almost arrested the only time I visited Barcelona. I hit Spain as the next-to-last country in a 5000-mile hitchhiking jaunt in the summer of 1977. Within 10 minutes of getting dropped off south of the French border, I realized that my two years of Spanish […]

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Easter & My Insane Rabbit-Terrorist Gig in Boston

Technically, I was never an Easter Rabbit – at least not that I can remember. (Some Easter dinners involved way too much beer.) But when I lived in Boston, I served time as a Beatrix Potter promotion rabbit at a Filene’s Department store in nearby Manchester, New Hampshire. Except that the bizarre outfit looked more […]

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My Raging Bitch Christmas

Happily, I did not have to work as a Santa Claus this year to pay for my beer.  I am indebted to Tom Blanton, the mastermind of the Project for a New American Revolution, for this hoppy reminder of my temp work past.   Below is the story of my gig as a Santa Claus  – an […]

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