Jay’s is another voice I pulled from my radio listening. There used to be a caller to weekend shows at KFI with a sing-song Pennsylvania/Baltimore accent. Again I got a very clear picture of one of these wannabe authority types, someone used to giving orders to underlings in a very menial setting. In the early 70’s, a movie called Sugarland Express featured a scene with a bunch of gun-toting, truck driving self-appointed militia types who even had fake blue lights mounted on their mini trucks. I put that together with a news story from 1990 during the buildup to the Gulf War. A group of men had entered the CB base at Port Hueneme and were drilling in a military manner. When the military police approached them they said they were members of the “US Army Auxiliary.” From all of that weirdness and the guys western Pennsylvania/Bal’more’ accent I came up with Jay and the Citizens Auxiliary Police. Jay, a ‘Brigadier Admital’ is subservient only to “Major” Elvis Newton, the founder. As a kid I remember there being at least one elderly person on the street that would sit in semi-darkness with a tv going and a filterless Pall Mall cigarette lit in an ashtray, a small dog in their lap with weird knick knacks on cheap end tables and mustard colored shag carpeting. Well that was what came to mind when I thought of Major Newton. The entire vibe for me was a neighborhood association run amuck.
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