Monday, January 7th, 2013
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Sol Yurick, 1925 – 2013

"While working with poor families, he encountered children who were members of street gangs. He found it impossible to talk to them directly about gang life; they would tell him only what they believed he wanted to hear. A rented panel truck gave him a way to observe them secretly. He walked the streets where the gangs ruled, and once went on foot through the subway tunnel between 96th Street and 110th Street. It was a scary experience. He wanted to show that street gangs, universally seen as a symptom of social dysfunctionality, gave to the poor a structure of loyalty and a sense of community. They were neither sick, nor bad, only poor."
Brooklyn author Sol Yurick, who turned his experiences at the NYC welfare department into a 1965 novel, The Warriors, that Walter Hill would turn into a movie that would turn into a cornerstone of hip-hop, died Saturday of lung cancer. Put three beer bottles on your fingers and clink them in his memory.

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BadUncle (#153)

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Dave Bry (#422)

Oh, wow! Thanks, My#! I had never seen that and it so excellent!

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