Flashbacks, April 21, 2006

By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006

“Like many other acupuncture detoxees, Kenneth is on a waiting list for inpatient treatment. ‘While I’m waiting for that, I’m doing this here. When you’re an addict, you have to go to any lengths to recover.’ So for two weeks, Kenneth, a former cocaine freebaser, has been attending daily detox sessions, despite his fear of needles. ‘If you see the way I come in here, all anxious, and then the way I go out, like I’m walking on cushions, you know this is good,’ he says.

  “Kenneth is one of scores of people finding sobriety with the help of four public acupuncture detox clinics in the Boston area. The treatment isn’t completely new — the Lincoln Hospital, in the Bronx, New York, has had an acupuncture detox program for 17 years now, and the use of acupuncture to help private-paying patients deal with addictions has been gaining popularity in the US since the early ’70s. But here in Massachusetts, on the substance-abuse-treatment front, publicly funded outpatient acupuncture detox is a relatively new strategy, a form of treatment on demand that offers a great deal of hope to both individual substance abusers and to a society beset with drug and alcohol abuse’s resultant problems.”

The jump-off | 20 years ago | April 22, 1986 | Al Race explained how the all-terrain bike came to be.

“In the beginning, there were just bicycles. We all had one — big balloon tires, long red fenders, a frame built like a Chrysler, the rig weighing in at about 60 pounds. Then came 10-speed technology. Soon everyone was riding sleek, light, skinny-tired touring bikes or reasonable facsimiles thereof, and the old models were abandoned to an out-of-the-way corner of the garage. Then, about eight or nine years ago, some kids on the West Coast bought a few of these old ‘clunkers,’ as they called them, at garage sales and took them into the hills. The idea caught on. Soon, bike mechanics were custom-building clunkers with all the latest 10-speed innovations, and a new sport was born.

“Clunkers, now known unofficially as mountain or fat-tire bikes and officially as all-terrain bicycles, have frames made of lightweight but incredibly sturdy chrome-moly steel or aluminum. They can weigh between 26 and 30 pounds, about the same as a basic 10-speed, they have 12 to 18 gears, depending on how serious an incline they’re built to tackle, and thick, knobby tires for traction and resilience. Their handlebars are usually straight, instead of the ram’s-horn shape found on touring bikes, and there are thumb levers so you can shift gears without losing your grip.”

Damage report | 25 years ago | April 21, 1981 | Doug Simmons saw the Dead Kennedys at the Channel.

“It still got pretty crazy when the band went on at 1 a.m. Jammed tight against the stagefront, people leaped and flailed; it was even more intense than the pit action that Black Flag prompted last month at Spit....

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