Sure, the book release was huge for me - four years in the making. But, dropping off all the materials for future generations to explore had been on my "must do" list.
Let me explain how it happened.
As far back as I can remember, my dad used to drag me to libraries, through cemeteries, and archives to find information about our family. I was always in wonder of the things you could find, if you knew where to look. Even if the information didn't mean much to me as a kid, the design of old ads from newspapers in the late 1800s, or even the early 1900s, always looked cool. So, as the son of someone who taught me the importance of libraries and research, I knew all the Orbit materials needed to be preserved.
A few years ago, I asked Jerry what he wanted me to do with the materials - magazines, notes, ephemera - he had given to me to do the book when I was finished.
"You can keep it."
"What am I going to do with it... put it in my closet?"
I've cut down on my collecting over the past few years due to several moves and a need to find a more manageable level of things to deal with in my life.
I remember being told by Cary Loren at Book Beat that the Bentley Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor held a collection of many of the underground, as well as mainstream, newspapers from Michigan's history. Publications like the Fifth Estate, the work of John & Leni Sinclair as well as the Metro Times and even the major Detroit dailies.
|Outside the Bentley|
"Why would they want them," Jerry asked.
"Why do you think? They are history. A snapshot of what you did in print between 1978 and 1999 - an important time and an alternative voice from what the mainstream was doing at the time," I said.
Today, July 15th, was the day I dropped off all the materials at the Bentley.
|Five Boxes of Punk Publishing History|
After a look around, I dropped off five boxes of materials - physical issues of the complete run of Fun and Orbit magazines, bagged and boarded, as well as digital files for White Noise, Fun, some of Orbit, and the three issues of the rival punk rag - Spooee.
|Fun & Orbit Resting Well at the Bentley|
As we go to bed tonight, Orby and Winky will sleep soundly in climate controlled peace.
|A Hard Drive, a Book, Notes, and Stuff|
I guess we'll have to wait to find out.