The Life and Times of Don Boner since 1958, a digest
Marching back to the Future
Perspective on Life 1996 Peace & Freedom 1966-1968 Tribute to the Late Vince Matthews
1958 Each night I ask the stars up above why must
I be, well you know the rest.
Picking and grinning and this Bud for U.
1964 ,Ann Davenport and Don at the
Parthenon, Nashville TN.
I was very active in SSOC/SCEF in 1966- 1968
In word and a few pictures here is what
happen for Peace & Freedom movement.
1966 International Days of Protest Nashville
L-R Fred Silver, Sherri Myers, and Dee Slasson
1966, International Days of Protest Nashville
Sherri Myers, David Benson, Dave Kotelchuck
July 1966, Peace Fast Paul Fahl , Don Boner,
Jody Palmer, Bill Gregory, Dave Benson,
Tom Foley, Ed Hamlette
Oct 7 1966, Don Boner meets Carol Stevens
Remember the Peace and Freedom party
1968, Don, Freda, Carol
In 1969 Carol and I moved from Nashville landing in Indianapolis, IN in
December 1969, by way of Hartford CT.
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 Tennessee- 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
working 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
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 launch.
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 Jackson 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 policeman. Then there was
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 Suellen, 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
I returned to school and got a AS degree in Computer
Technology in 1983.
Wanted by the Authorities, no wait a minute-that’s me with my two
brothers. Andy and Louis, 1989
2001, Backstage before a Blake Babies show with my daughter
Freda in Chicago
2015, Jonah, Jake, Henry, Freda
2000, My Son Zirque performing in Sedona AZ.
2015 Louise, Zirque, Jordan
1990, NYC, Town Hall, Freda, Zirque, Don
1990, Zirque plays with the great Milt Hinton
1976, Venice, Italy
1977, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
1993, Beijing, China
1998, Anchuca Mansion, Vicksburg, MS
2201, Hawaii, Martha, Suellen, Don and the Entertainment
2003, Ogunquit Maine
2007, Alaska Cruise
2009, St. Petersburg Russia
2009, London- The Ritz,
June 2012, Evanston, IL Suellen, Zirque, Don
2014, Holland MI
2015, West Baden Springs, IN
Kidnapped recorded in 1957 at Reavis Recording Studio, Nashville Tennessee. Written and Performed by Douglas Vaughn & Don Boner