One of my first memories of Berkeley — Swami X

When I first visited Berkeley in the summer of 1974 — age 17 — one of my vivid memories was this hippie guy with horned-rim glasses, heckling this street preacher on the Berkeley campus. It was like a comedy act almost, and it usually drew a large crowd of on-lookers enjoying the show. And even though they both were adversaries — preacher and heckler — you could tell on a subconscious level they were both working together as a comedy team. They were both hams that wanted an audience for their schtick. And they both knew they needed each other to make the act work.

Years later I’d find out the preacher was the legendary Holy Hubert. And the heckler was the legendary street performer Swami X.

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