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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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The Streets Are Alive: Summer of ′65

The Streets Are Alive: Summer of ′65

(p.63) 13 The Streets Are Alive: Summer of ′65
The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

There were several firsts for Allen Jones during the crucial months of summer 1965. He took his first sniff of heroin, he had real sex, and became an older brother for the first and only time in his life. All three of these events changed his small world. His mother gave birth to his baby brother, Robert F. Jones, later to be known around the city as Boogaloo Bob for his basketball skills. He would grow up to be good enough to play for the Globetrotters before injuries and weight problems would eventually slow him down. During this time something was always going on in the streets. He remembers one summer afternoon when word was out that there was going to be a street fight in the Patterson Houses, with one side of the Projects against the other. They called this a “shame battle.” This sort of thing happened regularly in the Lester Patterson Houses.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, summer 1965, heroin, sex, Boogaloo Bob, Robert F. Jones, street fight, Lester Patterson Houses, shame battle

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