1963 Each night I ask the stars up above why must I be , well you know the rest!
1964 Ann Davenport and Don at Picking and grinning and this Bud for U
I was very active in SSOC in 1966- 1968. In 1969 Carol Stevens and I moved from Nashville landing in Indianapolis IN in December 1969, by way of Hartford Con. In word and a few pictures here is what happen.
1966 International Days of Protest Nashville, L-R Fred Silver, Sherri, Dee Slasson
1966 International Days of Protest Nashville Sherri Myers, Dave Kotelchuck
July 1966 Peace Fast Faahle, Boner, Jody Palmer, Bill Gregory, Dave Benson, Tom Foley, Ed H
Oct 7, 1966 Don Boner meets Carol Stevens
Remember the Peace and Freedom party 1968?
1970 Freda, Don, Carol, Zirque
Carol and I separated in late 1972, I was working for the Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO), NESCO was started by an Alinsky trained organizer. The neighborhood was predominantly white folks area (85%) with lots these white folks beings from Ten, Ky and other parts of the south. The Organization received some money for CAP and most of its operational money from a foundation grand. I started worked there in late 1971. In 1973 we filed an administrative complaint with the GAO charging the city with failing to follow model cities guidelines for citizen participation. The Feds withheld 40 million dollars from the city, and in 1973, 40 million was real money. The city was forced to sign a memorandum of understanding with NESCO and pledged to follow federal law. NESCO receive city money as a results of the agreements which paid my salary.
Now that NESCO had Fed money I arranged for the person who started NESCO, who was living in central FL to have someone from the housing board invite me down, it was a junket and I was able to watch Apollo 17.
When I returned I was working on another junket, when one person who was working for Urban Renewal as an organizer got very upset and enlisted the help of someone else to get me fired. I invited that person over to my apartment for lunch, and fixed him the ‘best’ omelet he ever had, so he withdrew his support to fire me. So now there was nothing else to do but marry the person who started the fuss, so in December of 1973 Suellen and I were married.
Me with the TV crew
I left NESCO May 1974.
Boy did we know how to dress back then!
I worked in NYC for a few months but the job did not work out so I returned to Indianapolis where I worked in the Democratic primary for mayor candidate Bill Schreiber
We lost, but I was able to get a patronage job with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department as a Civil Deputy. There were two kinds of Civil Deputies, retired police and fireman and the young guys who wanted more than anything else to become a real policemen. Then there was me. I used to eat in the jail every now and then, it was free, we had to check our guns, well after I finished eating one time the lieutenant called me aside to inform me that my gun had a paper in the barrow, and that I should clean my gun at least every night, because you never know.
Dec. 1974 Don and Sue , I Got You Babe
I was very active in local democratic party stuff until the early 1980’s
I became interested in computers after I purchased a TRS80 and wrote some computer games that were published. I returned to school and got a AS degree in Computer Technology in 1983.
Wanted, no wait a minute, that’s me with my two brothers. Andy and Louis
Backstage before the show, with my daughter Freda, who was playing with the Blake Babies Chicago 2001
2000 My Son Zirque performing in Sedona AZ where he lives.