Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

He’s Uncle Sam, That’s Who He Am

Hey, Bill Walton. Whatcha doing?

“Loving America at the top of my lungs!”

You rule.

“You know what’s from America? Basketball.”


“The whole West Coast of America is in America. All of it, and it’s great. West Coast best coast.”


“The Dead’s from America.”

That should end the conversation.

“I know, right? Any country that produces the Grateful Dead must by the transitive property be the best country. That’s just algebra.”

Where did you even find an Uncle Sam coat to fit you?

“Big & Tall & Patriotic shop.”

Sounds right.


  1. If the Dead had really played an Acid Test at Pauley in March 1966, maybe this would be a picture of “Lew Alcindor,” then a UCLA Freshman. Also Mike “Bobby Hill” Warren.

    The Dead played Pauley twice (Fall 71 and Fall 73), and the picture of Walton is the result.

    I looked into possible Pac-10/GD intersections, but did not reach a useful conclusion.

    • NoThoughtsOnDead

      January 12, 2017 at 1:49 am

      The Grand Ballroom of the Ackerman Student Union is across what in 1966 was Westwood Boulevard from Pauley Pavillion. So, the Dead were never scheduled for Pauley until the 70’s. Interestingly (to me), they did play Freeborn Hall at UC Davis on 1/6/67 (and, I learn, 1/21/71) – I think it’s more “multi-purpose” than the Grand Ballroom, but I can’t say what state the two rooms were in in the 60’s.

  2. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    January 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

    He’s probably got rings on his fingers (although I can’t see for sure), and flipped Stealies on his toes.

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