Re: RARA-AVIS: Biker Wars

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 29 May 2002

MrT <>, re my "The age of these guys is fascinating--fifties and sixties," asked, "What's fascinating about their age?"

When I was a kid, young men in their twenties wore leather jackets, ducktailed their hair, and rode motorcycles. I assumed that, like police, gogo dancers, and marines, 18-year-olds were forever signing up and 40-year-olds were retiring or doing desk jobs--constant turnover. Instead, it seems, at least around Philadelphia, no one enlisted after 1970 or so, and all these guys in the clutches of degenerative diseases are inventing wars and taking sides like testosterone-crazed teenagers. Maybe I'm an ageist.


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