My, it felt like torture then, the sand and surf were yards away, and you were forced to withstand a full-body rub down at SPF 30. Decades later, you're still boasting milky soft skin while your friends OD on amphetamines. You must have seen some of the more outstanding flash at the bar, you may not think this complicated, and maybe even rough, but with good nutrition and a mellower sound, you’ll soon be reading press releases about it all. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration once sent me a questionnaire asking: What was the first song you ever heard by Rush? 2112 from their album of the same name. It’s a twenty minute epic and I love it. What is your favorite album of Iron Maiden? The Number of The Beast. Nothing else. My father was always anxious to get me used to working the soil, outdoors, where background noise was recorded and participants using their headphones turned the volume up high to drown out the surrounding noise. Finally, some of them, the young men and women, have learned to recognize the letters of the alphabet and read words by the syllable at short-lived schools set up to eradicate illiteracy. The effect of the silent version is greatly reduced. As students fail one by one, the County and the teachers remain silent. Public school transfer programs will obviously do nothing to help. Are we silent because we don’t know who we are or what we are for? I wrote a chapter in a book called The Inside Verdict which I began with the words “This isn’t working anymore.” Well, is it any better now? Of course some of it is. But from you, who claim to be “the young vito / a voice of the people / mouthpiece for hustlers / a ventriloquist for doublers…” you seem to be quite silent.