Lincoln, Nebraska’s “older” avant-garde

“Older” because these people were all older than me by 4 to 6 years.
Carl Davidson (lower left) came from Pennsylvania to Lincoln as a graduate student and lecturer. He co-established the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) on campus in 1965-1966 when I knew him. In August 1966 he was elected SDS national vice-president.
Larry Clausen (upper left) was vice-president of the Lincoln chapter of SDS that Carl Davidson started. In Lincoln I used to see him riding around on his Indian motorcycle, with Steve Wilson. At about the time I knew him, this photo by Jon Giorlich appeared in the March-April Scrip magazine.
Steve Wilson already had a degree in fine art from the university and had served a year in the army, before the Vietnam ramp-up. He rode a 1950 Harley and lived at his mom’s house, making paintings and drawings like the one shown (upper right), courtesy of J. Seyler. In a couple of years he became the ZAP Comix artist, S. Clay Wilson.
Steve Abbott (lower right and lower center) edited the campus literary journal, Scrip, issued five times in 1965-1966 at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. I considered him a good friend and he kindly published some of my poems in each issue.

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