Gangs Documentary Diary
19th, 2007 entry - Two Ducky Boys in a Ducky
blog of the year, and some really cool stuff happened!
month or so ago, I was thinking that I was done with all the Ducky Boy
interviews that I was going to get for my Ducky Boy Documentary. Then
something really cool happened:
Rocky, Kevin and James
a sister of one of the Ducky Boys gets in touch with me... She
tells me that she has quite a few family members who were Ducky
and offers to try and get at least one in touch with me.. I'm
thrilled about this, and even more thrilled when she says that
her brother Kevin is willing to help me...
Kevin and I talk on the phone a few times and we eventually set
up an interview for Tuesday, Jan 16th.
my luck doesn't stop there --- Kevin tells me he ran into one
of his old Ducky Boy friends Rocky, and told him about my project
and Rocky was willing to be interviewed that day AND he had also
been a member the real Wanderers gang!
to say I'm feeling really good about all of this, when I find
out that Kevin and family still own the house that he and his
family grew up in and that it was available if I wanted to film
the interviews there.
course I said yes! It was so cool being able to be in this place
that raised and housed quite a few "core" Ducky...
I mention, that the house was probably about 200 yards away from
the BUILDING I GREW UP IN?!? Granted, I'm about
18 years younger than the Ducky Boys, but it is just another personal
"fate" connection that I had with these kids. (If you
read my Wanderers
tribute article, you'll see that I was going to do
this documentary before I found out any of these personal connections
the Ducky House
when I got there on Tuesday, and walked up to the front door, I remembered
that when I was a kid, I used to knock on this door as a trick or treater
on Halloween looking for candy... I don't remember what Halloween loot
I got here, but if I only knew this was a Ducky House back then, I would've
run from the house! When I mentioned this to Kevin & Rocky, Rocky
mentioned that I was lucky to get away with my pants! Luckily, these
Kevin & Rocky grew up and became two of the nicest people.
were inside and the interviews began, I learned quite a bit, and got
some great stories about the Ducky, their turf, the neighborhood, and
their friends and families. I also found out quite a lot about rival
gangs such as Allerton, Parkside, and the real-life Wanderers who did
actually exist. Rocky was a member of the Wanderers for a period and
helped fill in some of the missing pieces about them that were hard
to find. Kevin even dug up some old pictures which are going to help
a lot in the documentary!
had a productive day with Kevin & Rocky - They helped me tremendously
in so many ways and I'd like to publicly thank them -- and a big "thank
you" to Kevin's sister Eileen for getting me in contact with them.
There is even a possibility of finding even more Ducky Boys in the future
- but I'm not going to talk specifics as I don't want to jinx it!
I want to thank Pat St
John for some invaluable tips on interviewing, and for being such
a great believer in me and my projects...
A repeat request for my current and ex-Bronxite Readers
also like to put out a request for any old video clips or
pictures from the Bronx -- particularly if it relates to
& Arthur Ave
Gardens & Bronx Park
The Fordham Road to Gun Hill Road section between Webster
& Jerome Avenues.
Anything related to Bronx Gangs of the 1950's and 1960's
- particularly the Ducky Boys or the Fordham Baldies
the deal: We're poor independent film-makers and really
can't pay you for these clips & photos, but if you contribute
something that I can use in the final product and you are
willing and able to sign the proper release forms, here's
what you will get in return:
Two passes to the premiere of the documentary to be held
A DVD copy of the final Bronx Gangs documentary.
Your name prominently displayed in the credits of the
documentary as a contributor.
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