"Satanic Invasion at Collegiate?
According to the Committee of Concerned Parents, Satanism is infiltrating the schools."
Yes Fred Bacher had convinced me to launch our high school's Back-to-School 1974 with hardcore journalism.
Fred Bacher passed away on April 16, 2014 at the age of 56. One week shy of his birthday. The news reached me coincidentally during a visit to the small city that he and I had become close friends in. One that we both left for greener pastures. And when I received the information of his passing it was like a taste of a Proustian madeleine. Suddenly wonderful memories came flooding back:
- Certainly our crude attempt to emulate Woodward – Bernstein. I can report that there is a singular feeling when one opens the minute-books and starts reading between the lines. And the hours of dull boredom are worth it when the words “Satanic Invasion” leap off the page at you.
- Wandering the downtown streets with cameras and audio recorders, crafting our first films
- Hours spent in libraries and book stores
- Disco dancing with our clique. On actual disco dance floors with those colored squares that light up, a la “Saturday Night Fever”. In particular a place “across the river” in another country which was basically a dance floor in a former service garage. (Although dance floors in former garages are hip again.)
And then a year later I was attending a prestigious film school in the big city. And then I would marry and start a family and become an award-winning filmmaker. And now I do something else.
And the last I heard of Fred Bacher he was on the faculty of a prestigious liberal arts college in a different big city. And that he had a son and was an award-winning filmmaker.
And now he is gone...
Leonard Cohen's Suzanne
My condolences to the Bacher family. Especially his son Bryan.