Buzz: The Early Years
If Buzz’s early years were filled with lonely turmoil and desperation brought
about by isolation and abandonment, his pre-adolescence was going to cure all
that pent up frustration. It was a time when abnormal behavior was a good
way to become accepted. It was a time when the youth of America was
shaking off the doldrums of the fifties, the crew cuts, the high school lettered
sweaters, the hot rod cars and the “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle. The youth of
America was turning on and turning society out. And Buzz, having seen all
that happening as a small infant, growing up with a dad that viewed the world
as one giant aquarium to look at but not enter, was going to go for all the gusto
he could. Buzz started young, probably the youngest shoplifter this side of the
Ohio river. The older kids would come to buzz’ house to “turn-on” because
Buzz had a secret hide out in his tree fort and his poor mother, in her
disillusionment in her husband and her own guilt in knowing she had raised a
future rock and roll addict, let Buzz do just about anything he wanted to do.
Buzz started hanging out with a really fast crowd, an out-cast crowd, smoking
pot, inhaling duco cement glue, and then later, into the chemicals.
And the sad thing about it folks is that Buzz was finally getting some friends
to hang out with, people who gravitated to rock music like rats to cheese, and
rock and roll was all they had between them, it’s was what they started to live
for, it became their faith.
Buzz started going to beer parties way before his face popped its first pimple,
and he started smoking cigarettes and listening to all kinds of rock music with
dark overtones that would make him go into a kind of trance. His lifestyle had
to have an effect somewhere, and Buzz soon found that good grades at school
were low on his priority list.
Buzz was going downhill fast, his feet started to smell, his pores started oozing
foul sweat and his breath carried an odor similar to a full ash tray that has
been left out in the rain. And he wasn’t even fourteen yet! Could this all be
attributed to Buzz’ childhood, or was it his environment, that mid-western
boredom that had befallen our hero. Everything we know about buzz so far
leads to both conclusions. But lets not panic here. For these are the early
years, the formative years, when Wonder Bread helps your body grow twelve
different ways. When your mother serves Hostess Cakes, and Twinkies
because of the value and nutrition. Hopefully Buzz has been eating lots of all
those wholesome foods, because the drugs and alcohol will certainly have their
draining effects on Buzz’ pulse.
Indeed Buzz’ grades were faltering, but he did excel in one area. Buzz had
quite an imagination, and he always thought he would end up one day on the
“cover of the Rolling Stone”….