The Berkeley Inn. Summer 1980, from People's Park. Photo by Tom Slattery
THE BERKELEY INNBy Tom SlatterySome of this article is derived from an article authored by then thirty-six-year-oldBruce N. Duncan and me that appeared in Duncan's irregular magazine, the
inDecember 1980, pages 117-120. The roughly fifteen-page magazine accumulated pagenumbers from issue to issue.The
was published from Duncan's room, 414, in the Berkeley Inn. Anarticle by Charles Sawyer in
The Daily Californian
, Tuesday, April 29, 1980, calls Duncan'smagazine "an irreverent journalistic compendium grown out of the Telegraph Avenue streetscene."Duncan had spent time in several psychiatric facilities and was able to survive onminimal monthly SSI checks due to the relative low cost of rooms at the Berkeley Inn. Hewas only one of many residents on either retirement Social Security or its SSI disabilityoffshoot. Others lived on welfare checks. And a few received the G.I. Bill for college.