Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Jan 1, 2005 10:02:54 GMT
St. Rita Catholic High School Chicago from 1953-1956.
Religious Studies was obviously compulsory at St Rita and was a part of students daily schedule Here is Ray's homework from sometime in 1953
Ray was certainly into sports at High School such as running and baseball.
4th May 1954 AS excuses for not going to school go this one is one of the best I've ever heard. Ray (15 year old) can't come to school today as he has an audition with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. One thing was certain. This kid was one to watch and would do something extraordinary.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Aug 19, 2023 15:25:37 GMT
DePaul University Day College of Commerce Chicago from 1957-1960.
Upon graduating from St. Rita of Cascia High School in 1956, Manczarek enrolled at DePaul University Chicago in 1957, where he studied Business & Commerce at DePaul's Day College of Commerce. Ray was a natural leader and held various positions on the student council and the student newspaper. He was treasurer of the Speech Club and booked concerts for the college such as a charity concert with Sonny Rollins and Dave Brubeck.
Photo I took when in Chicago in 2013. The college was in the centre of town on a regular street.
Freshman Orientation 1957. Ray would be in there somewhere and I think he is the one at the end of the front row with the blue line pointing to him.
Ray's American History homework 1957
Playing for the Day College of Commerce Council 1958 He also played piano in his fraternity's jazz band The Beta Pi Mu Combo as well as The Ray Manczarek Quintet
Ray features in student paper. He was part of the staff as well
24-10-1958 Morrison Hotel LMAO
7-11-1958 The DePaulia student newspaper.
A rare photo of The Ray Manczarek Quintet at one of the DePaul jazz dances. 1959 Yearbook
By 1959 Ray was one of the features staff members The DePaulia student newspaper.
The DePaulia student newspaper. Ray's 7 Angry Men football team in the 1960 DePaul Intramural championships. ##note the interesting misprint.
Ray with freaky Beatnik beard taking part in the 1960 College Variety Show. It's not known whether it was a fake one for the show or his natural look
Ray in various classes 1960
Ray receiving an award on behalf of his 'Beta Pi Mu' Fraternity for their Fine Arts Festival 1960.
Ray as part of The Day Commerce Council that looks after day students in the College of Commerce.
From 1960 Yearbook
Graduation photo Senior Year 1960
Ray Manczarek personal copies of his DePaul Yearbooks
An interesting little snippet that Ray omits from his self bios. From DePaul Magazine Winter 1961 under the Notes About Alumni which keeps track of those who graduated.
Ray after leaving Chicago enrolled at UCLA law school before dropping that and enrolling in Film School. There he had a breakup with a girl and he signed up for the army for a year and than came back (after a dishonourable discharge I believe) to LA signing up at UCLA again at the Film Department. That is the story we get but it never mentions him working in a bank. But he had actually put his Economics degree to good use and was working for the Man. Hopefully he wasn't a teller and had a decent post. I suppose it was better than flipping burgers.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Sept 2, 2023 14:56:19 GMT
UCLA Los Angeles CA 1961--1965
It gets a bit confusing as Ray had some time in the army after a bad breakup at UCLA and joined the army in 1961? He is also working for Bank of America
He served in Thailand and Okinawa as an intelligence analyst and played piano to entertain his fellow soldiers.
from his military passport PFC Raymond D Manczarek
This seems to be what happened.... "After dropping out of UCLA law school, and following a difficult break up, Ray whilst drunk in Times Square enlisted in the Army Signal Corps to study film. He was eventually stationed on Okinawa at an Army Security Agency outpost, which intercepted and analysed analyse radio communication. Not quite film school. Ray was trained as an Intelligence Analyst but fell foul of the US paranoia during the cold war.
Manzarek (of Polish descent) would not sign a security clearance required to analyse the intercepted radio traffic as it would disqualify him from visiting Poland, at the time considered a communist country. The Army retaliated by assigning Manzarek to Torii Station’s casual or “holding” unit-where soldiers performed menial duties while awaiting reassignment or discharge-and frequently encouraged him to sign the clearance papers. Instead Manzarek grew long hair and a full moustache. The Army punished him by sending Manzarek to Laos which was not a good assignment. However Ray realised the climate was perfect for growing marijuana. After nigh on a year refusing to sign he was (dishonourably) discharged and came back to UCLA. The main upshot for Ray was he did not have to be drafted for 'Nam like his 3 band mates.
. He bailed on UCLA Law department and transferred to the film school after his stint in the army where he got a BA in 'Theatre Arts' which wasn't exactly a degree in film making which is the way it has always been spun. Until I saw his actual degree status in the UCLA 47th Commencement roll, of those that were awarded a degree, I thought he studied film making. Of course he produced 3 films in his time there so maybe Theatre Arts overlapped.
This is a photo of Ray Manczarek's UCLA trio live at the Lighthouse Jazz Club, Hermosa Beach, CA on 29th March 1961
I've read that he enrolled in the UCLA Law school in late 1961 but we have a photo of him in March 1961. He joined the army but was dishonourably discharged and must have come to California in early 1961. It is hard to find actual facts as the waters of this period have always been murky. So he left DePaul and joined the US Army serving in Thailand and then UCLA in at least March 1961 reading law and later Theatre Art/Film making. I can't imagine Ray getting very far with a BA in Theatre Arts as LA was full of wannabee Alfred Hitchcock's.
Ray Manzarek attended UCLA from late 1961 to 1965 and graduated with a master's degree in Film. Jim Morrison attended UCLA from 1964 to 1965 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in film. As his student work demonstrates, Manzarek was a talented filmmaker who could have had a career in film, had he not joined Morrison in forming The Doors in the summer of 1965.[/b][/i]
Here we see Jim get a BA in something. It does not say what unfortunately. Ray is in the list Degrees Conferred but is this a level above BA and Ray gets a MA in Theatre Arts not Film
I will add any information about this and edit any new information I find.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Sept 5, 2023 10:59:57 GMT
At film school Ray produced 3 films. Not particularly any good but Historically valuable to Doors fans, especially the 2nd one.
I criticise Ray and also Jim for lack of talent as film makers but I'm a Doors fan so concede this stuff is History and as such I want to see it. Only two of Rays films still exist (as far as we know) the third seeming lost but the one with the one Ray acts in is in the possession of Ray's archive which I'm sure you would want to see it as much as I do.
1. Evergreen by Ray Manczarek 1964
Made in 1964, this 12 minute, 16mm, black and white film stars his girlfriend Dorothy Fujikawa along with fellow film student Hank Olguin. The film is a series of scenes that show Dorothy and Hank in different life situations, while the narration is a conversation between Hank and Dorothy discussing different topics. The central theme is the life of a jazz musician and his girlfriend. Portions of Evergreen are filmed at Ray and Dorothy’s upstairs apartment on Fraser Avenue on Venice Beach. This is the same apartment Ray and Dorothy would share with Jim after the famous “meeting on the beach”. Robby Krieger would later move into this same apartment after Ray and Dorothy moved out.
This film was created as part of a “sync sound” project, thus all of the audio was recorded separately and synced to the film. Ray provides the male voice for Hank, and Dorothy provides her own voice. Ray includes a “Rick and the Ravens” tune for the soundtrack, using “Henrietta” as the backdrop of the scene where they are driving past the Whisky a Go Go. It's ironic that the final shot is of a door. Spooky.
21-5-1965 The UCLA Daily Bruin Ray's film Evergreen is part of this student film weekend at Royce Hall UCLA Friday 21st May until Saturday 22nd May 1965. Ray also stars in The Wino & The Blindman by Jose Gonzalez.
5-1965 The Catholic Standard and Times
This is interesting.
On October 1st, 1965 UCLA presents the first National Student Film Festival at UCLA's Royce Hall. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association and the National Student Association, 75 films are chosen from universities across the country to be shown and judged by a panel of film experts and critics. In a Newsweek article dated October 25th, 1965 the festival is profiled with an opening quote from Ray Manczarek, who likely had his film Evergreen submitted and shown in the festival.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Sept 5, 2023 12:19:39 GMT
2 Induction by Ray Manczarek 1965
As with Ray's Evergreen dull as dishwater but stars Ray & Dorothy so it is worth a look. Famous for a few glimpses of Jim Morrison during the party scene. But I'm sure there are a few names we would be familiar with. One of those is Rick & The Ravens doing Dancing In The Street. Jim Manczarek on piano & Rick playing guitar.
Ray & Dorothy at the Lucky U
22nd/23rd May 1965 Royce Hall UCLA. The program for the weekend of student films contained 'Induction' which was Ray Manczarek's second film and Jim's pal, Paul Ferrera's film 'End Of Summer'
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Sept 8, 2023 11:10:19 GMT
3. Who And Where I Live 1965
“Op, Pop & Kicky Flicks – An Evening of Student Films From Out Where It’s All Happening Hey 1965”
Made in 1965 as a silent film and was chosen to appear at UCLA’s sixth semi-annual “Evening of Student Films” at Royce Hall in autumn 1965. It's possible Ray's other film Induction also appeared over the weekend of December 10/11th 1965
As Who And Where I Live had no sound Ray who was now semi-pro/pro with his new band called The Doors asked his bandmates John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison along with his girlfriend Dorothy Fujikawa and Jim's squeeze Mary Werbelow to come along and play instruments during the showing. The theme of the film, is as the title suggests, Ray & Dorothy at their flat in Fraser Avenue doing stuff. My friend Helen and I had a wander up there to gawk and take photos in 2013. It's not been seen yet by us fans but hopefully
147 Fraser Avenue in 2013
It is interesting as the program highlights Jim Morrison's name on several shorts during that weekend. Also we see a couple of familiar names here. Felix Venable who was a bit of a bum and Nettie Pena a perhaps unfamiliar name but without her we would not have the London Fog tape and photos. Five Situations for Camera, Recorder and People by Alexander Prisadsky featured classmate Jim Morrison on sound.
It is not known if the film featured in the other two weekends of this festival of student work or whether The Doors repeated their musical backing.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Sept 9, 2023 10:13:27 GMT
The Wino And The Blindman 1964
In this 1964 student film by Jose Gonzalez, Ray plays the 'blind man' in a tale of a wino who comes into good fortune and ends up learning a lesson in the process. Of all the student films associated with a Door this one has a pretty decent storyline and it is worth recounting..
It begins with a blind man (Ray) slowly making his way down an alley in Venice with his cane. He stops and reaches into his pocket for something and a five dollar bill falls out onto the street. The blind man continues on his way.
The scene moves to that of the wino waking up from his drunken slumber on the front of a house. He looks somewhat dazed, searching for his bottle for his morning drink. After finishing off the bottle and tossing it aside, he gets up and stumbles down the alley to start his day of wandering the streets looking for his next drink.
He spots the five dollar bill that the blind man had dropped picks it up and is pleased with his good fortune. He ponders this piece of luck, should he spend it all on alcohol, or should he use it to try and get his life back on the straight and narrow?
As he weighs it up he walks up to a store front. To the left a barbershop and to the right a liquor store. The wino decides to get a haircut and turn his fortunes around.
Our wino is a new man and pleased with himself drops a quarter into the blind mans cup outside the barber shop. The wino feeling invigorated decides to help the less fortunate blind man and puts the rest of his change into his cup.
As he is doing so a passing woman accuses the wino of trying to steal money out of the blind man’s cup. The wino becomes confused and runs off this ruining his day and pushing him back to his old way of life.
Returning to the liquor store he buys some bottles of wine and proceeds to become totally rat arced drunk. In his stupor he decides that he really does want to help out the blind man after all. Running can back to the barbershop where he remembers the blind man standing. But he is so drunk he runs into the glass door of the barbershop and crashes onto the sidewalk.
Laying helpless on the ground he is surrounded by a crowd of people who laugh at him. For a second time that day he is humiliated and the wino stumbles away from them back to the alley where all this began.
As he wanders through the back alleys of Venice trying to make sense of his day he sees the blind man walking across a parking lot. Before he can speak he sees the blind man fold up his cane, take off his sunglasses and get into a convertible before driving away. The blind man winks to the camera.
The wino is flabbergasted at what he had just seen. He stands there trying to make sense of it all. Then the wino smiles.
Fast forward to the next day to the next day we see the wino now wearing sunglasses and holding a blind man’s cane walking down an alley towards a new day and a new life.