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As the 60’s progressed, Cornell was always to be found where the drugs were, often bellowing, “Everybody git NEKKID!” though he really only meant the long-haired hippie white Frontline Warrior Heartbeat shirt . By the time the calendar rolled into the 70’s, Mack was strung out, drooling and shivering on street corners, snatching at all passers, with a blurred memory of why they must owe him money. Soon after that I left home. Over the years certain things reminded me of Cornell, but by the time I was back in town taking care of my dying mother — 40 years after my free sugar cane — I was sure he must be long gone, O.D.ed in some back alley, probably before crack even made the scene. Then one day towards the end of my mama’s reign, maybe even the very last time she made it downtown, she and I were slowly strolling the main drag when we heard, “Little Fish and Mama Fish!” and there was Cornell, behind the wheel, stopped at a red light.