Busted in Bloomington: A Tragedy in the Summer of '68

Busted in Bloomington: A Tragedy in the Summer of '68

by Greg Dawson, Candy Dawson


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Investigative journalism at its best. Husband and wife authors Greg and Candy Dawson interviewed over 100 people whose lives intersected during the 1960s in Bloomington, Indiana. The central figure is a charismatic English teacher who introduced his students to the joys of edgy literature and cinema, the poetry of Simon and Garfunkel and illicit encounters outside the classroom. He took them to England during the Summer of Love where some smoked pot together and came home almost unrecognizable to their midwestern parents. He encouraged them to stand up to authority but the story ends by confirming that, as John Mellencamp sings, "authority always wins." A bust, a death and a scandal all became A Tragedy in the Summer of ’68. A tragedy that has haunted everyone for the past fifty years.


Author Biographies

Greg Dawson stumbled into journalism in high school when the sports editor at the newspaper in Bloomington, Indiana, offered him a part-time job on the strength of a letter-to-the-editor on which Dawson unaccountably forged the name of a classmate. He was hired anyway and, like Satchel Paige, never looked back. Over the next 49 years, Dawson worked as a reporter, TV critic, metro columnist, and consumer columnist at newspapers in Bloomington (IN), Boca Raton (FL), Grand Forks (ND), Wichita (KS), Boston and Orlando and as a humor columnist at Orlando Magazine. He has written two books based on his mother’s experience as a Ukrainian Holocaust survivor. www.gregdawsonbooks.com

Candy Dawson grew up in a newspaper family and while in junior high school, began writing for the Fernandina Beach News Leader on Amelia Island, Florida. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, she had a lengthy career as an elementary teacher and reading specialist in Florida, Indiana, and Massachusetts. Candy has written two plays and a screenplay and produced a documentary fi lm, all based on husband Greg’s two previous books. This is the couple’s first truly collaborative effort (except for raising children, Chris and Aimee) and through it all, their 43 year marriage has somehow (so far) survived. www.lovemy60s.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781457557378
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2017
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Greg Dawson and his wife Candy both had newspaper bylines starting in their teens - Greg in Indiana, Candy in Florida. Before retiring, Greg spent nearly 50 years in print journalism. Candy was a reading specialist in public schools. Greg has published two books based on his mother’s story as a Holocaust survivor. The first, Hiding in the Spotlight, Candy adapted as a stage play, a screenplay and a short documentary. They live in Lakeland, Florida.

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