Books, ebooks and musings by H.B. Koplowitz

Carbondale After Dark Expanded Edition

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CARBONDALE AFTER DARK (expanded third edition)

From panty raids to riots, “Carbondale After Dark” chronicles how a sleepy little college town in the Midwest became a hippie haven and radical outpost during the 1960s and ’70s.

Expanded edition includes remastered photos and three new stories: “Carbondale Before Dark,” “Bucky Fuller’s Dome” and “Ghosts of Carbondale Past.”

Photos look great in PDF version, available exclusively here,


From Ronald Reagan to OJ Simpson and Paris Hilton, “Misadventures in Journalism” explores the oxymoron of journalism ethics in an anthology of 19 New Journalism stories spanning four decades.



Part memoir, part history and part reflections on race, “Blackspanic College” is about teaching journalism at a predominantly black and Hispanic community college in South-Central Los Angeles before, during and after 9/11.


Lost in Cyberspace – An archive of H.B.’s writings

Tribute to Carbondale music scene of 1960s and ’70s

trip down memory lane with this amazing multimedia collection 
from the primo days of the Carbondale music scene



Harold Koplowitz has been a journalist, educator and public information officer who ghostwrote a book for an Illinois governor who did not go to prison. Read more.

5 thoughts on “Books, ebooks and musings by H.B. Koplowitz

  1. Stuart Hirsh

    Mr. HBK,

    I attended SIUC from 1966-1970. At the suggestion of a fellow student from that time, I purchased a copy of CAD&OS. During that time, I lived mostly in Boomer I in University Park. (During my junior year, I lived for a time in off campus dorm Stevenson Arms. In 1969-70, I was an RF at Boomer I. Academically, I studied forestry in the College of Agriculture.

    I’ve learned some things about that era that I did not know and relearned some things that I’ve forgotten.

    You are complimented on the research you have done and the facts you have related. I think you have created a “cult classic” which can really only be appreciated by those who lived through that era.

    I would like to comment though on what I feel is probably an oversight in the story you have told. While your story is factually correct, I think you missed an opportunity to explore emotional sides of what the general student body experienced durning this period.

    During the spring of 1970, the tensions on campus made it nearly impossible for students to concentrate on academics. As the demonstrations progressed, tensions increased to the point where one found it impossible to concentrate academically. My recollection is that the demonstrators were primarily liberal arts majors in english, philosophy and the arts while majors involving the sciences, including the Ag school, were more interested in academics and did not protest. Folks who I was attending class with, particularly seniors, wanted to go to class so that they could graduate.

    Boomer I at that time housed primarily freshmen and sophomores, upperclassmen sought housing off campus. These freshmen and sophomores, many of whom were losers of the draft lottery, mostly had no interest in classes. Rather, they were interested in partying, drinking and harassing the police and national guard. I recall distinctly these folks throwing ash trays and other trash at the guardsmen who were patrolling campus.

    The major thing I think you omitted in CADAOS is that freshmen and sophomores mostly were not interested in protesting in loco parentis or the war. They were interested in avoiding final exams.

    I distinctly recall that as rumors about a campus shut down were circulating, freshmen and sophomores in University Park were saying “no more finals” and were more interested in causing trouble than in protesting the war. And when the campus was closed, the celebrations were more about “no finals” than the war or anything else.

    That being said, I commend you relating what occurred in Carbondale during that era.

    Stu Hirsh Class of 1970

    1. HBKoplowitz Post author

      Stu: Thanks for your feedback. I fully agree there were more partiers than serious protesters in the streets. Put another way, protest organizers used the partiers to make their events much larger, but it also resulted in more violence and vandalism. HB

  2. Diana

    Hi Harold, I just came across your Carbondale After Dark and so enjoyed the essays (again) I went looking for you online to see if you were still active. Then, I saw that you were at Sangamon State during the time I was there (1984-1987). I (lately) have a terrible memory, but we must have (at least) known some of the same people (Sipe, Hillegas, Sakolsky, Rosie Roach — all good friends of mine at the time). Also, whatever happened with your friend Frank Hall?


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