Original art by J.E. Hargate

Summer 1970. 51 years ago.

Recently jettisoned from an agonizing four-year sentence of boarding school, the joyous pardon and release from purgatory birthed a spate of graduation debauchery. Then a summer of painting houses followed to gather cash, readying myself for college in the fall.

Southampton Beach was a getaway place to first recover from the revelry and then escape on weekends after…