Saturday, June 02, 2007

New Book about the Good Ol' Days

'Berkeley Daze: Memoir of a Frat Boy' Now Available

A look back at fraternity life in the late 1950s and the beginnings of the sexual, political and social revolutions of the early 1960s at the University of California, Berkeley.

A new book, 'Berkeley Daze: Memoir of a Frat Boy,' is the journey of a fraternity boy from the smug, late 1950s to the beginnings of the sexual, political and social revolutions of the early 1960s at UC Berkeley. Frat boy's journey is by turns clueless, bewildering, raunchy, politically incorrect, but also transformative and ultimately serious.

In the fall of 1958, Greek life at UC Berkeley reigns supreme. Coming from a small town, Frat Boy is immediately seduced by fraternity living with its promise of fellowship, endless parties, willing coeds and files of old exams to ease the transition into a mega-university of 26-thousand students. Soon, Frat Boy is on the verge of flunking out but manages to survive despite a disastrous encounter with ROTC. Along the way, he rows on Cal Crew in preparation for the 1960 Olympics. He takes a year off to study in France and when he returns, he finds the Berkeley campus transformed into a hotbed of political and social causes including civil rights, Castro's Cuba and sexual freedom.

'Berkeley Daze: Memoir of a Frat Boy' will be read and enjoyed by anyone who has lived through those times and by those who are interested in pivotal moments in student and social history at UC Berkeley.

The book is now on available on Lulu.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Borders.com.

About the Author:Allan Brown is a 1963 graduate of UC Berkeley, California. He has wandered far afield from Berkeley while pursing a career in television news in San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. Occasionally, he returns to Berkeley.