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The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Allen Jones

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001
Subject:
History, Social History

This is the story of Allen Jones and his odyssey from the streets of the Bronx to a life as a professional athlete and banker in Europe, but it is also provides a unique vantage point on the history ... More


What Women Want

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0011
Subject:
History, Social History

Of all the forces that influenced the formation of Allen Jones's life, none was more powerful than family. He was blessed to have several strong role models in his own household and extended family, ... More


Bronx Beginnings

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0001
Subject:
History, Social History

This book is Allen Jones's story, and it is also the story of thousands of young men and women who grew up in that particular time and place, many of whom were not lucky enough to be pulled away from ... More


A New Life in Luxembourg

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0029
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter describes the new life for Allen Jones and Connie Boyer in Luxembourg. Connie and Jones found Luxembourg's culture to be different from France's, and they liked it. In more ways than ... More


Oil and Water: An Unlikely Marriage

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0002
Subject:
History, Social History

Anna Mae Adams was a deeply religious woman who believed in her Catholic faith and in a world of spirits. How this deeply spiritual woman ended up with his father is something their son never really ... More


Shifting Loyalties

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0017
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter is just one illustration of this double-mindedness that became a habit of Allen Jones's being. In the spring of 1967, the end of his first year at Taft High School, he was finding it ... More


Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child: Family

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0003
Subject:
History, Social History

The majority of black men in the Patterson Projects were ex-servicemen trying to make a living in a society that did not want to let them in. Because of their lack of education and employers' racist ... More


Gains and Losses

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0009
Subject:
History, Social History

Allen Jones's loss of faith, along with the John Souza fight, made him feel truly alone. He felt that something was missing in his life. He walked around the Projects at will now. Everybody had seen ... More


1963 and Me

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0010
Subject:
History, Social History

The year 1963 has become a permanent part of the memory of every American who is old enough to remember the events of that year. That fateful year has meaning for Allen Jones's personal history as ... More


Welcome to Hell

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0016
Subject:
History, Social History

Heroin was slowly taking over Allen Jones's life. Meanwhile, Bitch Queen Heroin was beginning to have a visible effect on his neighborhood as she asserted her dominion. While he was setting his ... More


The Love of God and the Lure of the Streets

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

For most of his life, Allen Jones has been torn between God and the streets, feeling at one and the same time the pull of the spiritual life and an irresistible attraction to risk and danger. His ... More


Hustle and Heart, on and off Court

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0014
Subject:
History, Social History

Allen Jones began his last year at Clark Junior High in an optimistic mood. He was in the band and orchestra, he tried out and made the school basketball team in the beginning of his ninth-grade ... More


Homecoming

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0027
Subject:
History, Social History

There is nothing like seeing the lights of New York City at night from miles above. Allen Jones began to realize just how homesick he was and how good it felt to be coming home. However he also ... More


Lost and Found: Welcome to the ′60s

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

When one loses innocence, it rarely happens all at once. For Allen Jones it was a very gradual process, triggered by events and circumstances he saw around him, as well as by contradictions in his ... More


The Streets Are Alive: Summer of ′65

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0013
Subject:
History, Social History

There were several firsts for Allen Jones during the crucial months of summer 1965. He took his first sniff of heroin, he had real sex, and became an older brother for the first and only time in his ... More


The Road to The Tombs

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0018
Subject:
History, Social History

In September 1968, Allen Jones walked for the first time through the doors of Morris High School, the school that he had enrolled in after he failed out of Taft High School. Jones had finished his ... More


Finding My Groove

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0030
Subject:
History, Social History

Things really started moving for Allen Jones in 1977 when he returned from the Roller Ball Tournament in the Bronx hosted by Guy Fisher. As a condition of his return, he had negotiated a contract ... More


Standing on Higher Ground

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0031
Subject:
History, Social History

As Allen Jones continued his life in Europe, many things started changing for the better. His basketball career flourished; he continued playing professionally until he was thirty-eight years old and ... More


Do the Crime, Do the Time

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0019
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter describes Allen Jones's time inside The Tombs. The night he spent in that jailhouse was the longest of his life. He was locked inside a cell with ten or twelve men, some of them pretty ... More


The Year of the French

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0028
Subject:
History, Social History

When they arrived in France, Connie Boyer and Allen Jones were greeted at the airport by the president of the French team, Philip Kin, and his wife. After they exchanged pleasantries, the president ... More


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