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For most of its existence FLEX was run from the apartment pk shared with his wife, Hilary, son, Brian, and dog, Angus.
The Free Learning Exchange, Inc.
305 Riverside Drive #7E
New York NY 10025
(Riverside Drive & W 103rd Street)
pk had no capital and no income. The bulk of what financing FLEX had came from Hilary’s employment at the Barnard College Placement Office.
FLEX’s next, welcome, and invaluable volunteer was Charlie Herr.
The FLEX logo was designed by Bob Price.
FLEX received two grants: both from the United Methodist Women: offices at the InterChurch Center. Wouldn’t you know it, old Illich colleague, Helen Volkomener, was instrumental in both.
Msgr. Robert Fox
Dr. Larry Grimes
Rev. John E. Halborg
Dr. Steven Marcus
Dr. Sidney Morgenbesser
Dr. Helen Volkomener
Deschooling scholars will recognize core Illich colleagues in the above lists: Paul Goodman, Everett Reimer, Helen Volkomener, and Larry Grimes in particular. Of course many of the above people lived all over the world. No corporate meeting was ever held. Councilors were welcome to advise.
Actually, no advice ever came. Neither was any financial contribution ever received from any trustee or Council member with the exception already mentioned of Helen Volkomener’s role in obtaining a couple of modest grants from the United Methodist Women. Paul Goodman died soon after contributing his name. (The funding of course should have come from the public.)
549 West 52 St., ground floor
(weekday evening 6-10)
My typewriter was stolen.
Noreen’s bicycle was stolen.
One evening I found the Free Food people dumping FLEX records onto the floor to steal our file storage boxes to transport cabbages.
Everything was routinely vandalized by Hell’s Kitchen youth.
A liberated women’s group had the top floor. The atmosphere for public dedication was hostile: in the extreme.
Why ten years ago did I title this piece FLEX, “Ltd.” Facts instead of FLEX, “Inc.” Facts? I titled my corporation PK Fine Arts, Ltd. in 1974, punning on “limited editions.” But FLEX I’m sure was plain old incorporated. If anything I would have wanted it thought of as unlimited; not limited. FLEX UnLtd.
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