1968: The Year the World Ended

The spark reached the powder keg 50 years ago. The fuse was lit long before.

“Scarface Jones said ‘It’s too late to quit. Pass the dynamite, ’cause the fuse is lit.’” — Jerry Lieber/Mike Stoller, “Riot in Cell Block 9”

On April 4, 1968, I was standing in the parking lot of a drive-in restaurant in Four Corners, MD, Silver Spring, more precisely, and not more than 3 miles from the DC…