Gangs Documentary Diary
30, 2006 - Ducky
Boy Slingshot Victims - Lou C & Kevin H
James, Lou C, and Kevin H
I'll admit the "Ducky Boy Slingshot Victims"was a little over-the-top,
but it got your attention hopefully and its a mostly true statement...
Board website messageboard a while back, Lou had
posted that, in the mid-60s, he and his friend Kevin had been ambushed
in Bronx Park near the Bronx River by a bunch of kids with slingshots.
Knowing the time-frame, the area, and the weapon of choice, I immediately
classified this as a Ducky Boy ambush, and had to talk to Lou. Luckily,
he and Kevin were still friends, and they both were willing to be interviewed
by me for my Ducky project
I met Lou & Kevin up in the Bronx to talk about that experience
and their other experiences growing up in the Bronx during the same
time-frame as the Duckies. It seems that they had a few near-misses
running into areas where the Duckies had recently been. But I'll save
those experiences for the Ducky Gang documentary. Can't tell you everything
of the cool things about my meeting with Lou & Kevin is that these
two guys have been friends since they were 10 years old and absolutely
show it. They have a comfort with each other that only comes with years
of friendship. And that is a common theme amongst people I've spoken
to in the Bronx - friends have stayed close over the years. I know I've
kept in touch with my best friend Ray since I was 12 years old (you
can find him on my 2006
Loew's Paradise pictures page) - Maybe it was something
in the Bronx water, or more likely, experiences shared together in the
Bronx that kept people together years later...
was a fun interview that produced some great stories and information.
It also gave me a different perspective on how the Ducky's were perceived
from outside the gang
a side note, Lou wrote an excellent story called "The
Body in the Bronx River" about something he
& Kevin found back in the days close to when they were ambushed
by the Ducky Boys. It may be centered around this "body",
but it is about so much more - close friends, how families lived and
interacted, the characters you'd encounter in the Bronx - It really
is a "Bronx Story" worth reading!