1980 - "We went to this great restaurant in a funny old part of Rome with twisting streets that were hard to identify one from another. And as we came up the street we noticed that there was a cop standing there up at the next corner past where we were going. He was just all by himself in full dress uniform carrying a machine gun. And he was patrolling up and down. As we came to the end of the street, we noticed that he shifted his gun a little toward us. All the Italian people were arguing that we should go back the other way and not go by him because he would be afraid of us and he might do something stupid. As we came abreast of this guy he was really nervous, his hands were shaking. He slipped the safety off his machine gun and he started to swing it over toward us. He didn't exactly point it at us but he was all ready. He was looking at us side long out of the corner of his eye, waiting for us to make a funny move. I wanted to say something to him like I was going to sort of say 'Hi, how are you doing?'. But then I realized if I did anything he might think it was a trick of some kind; that I was trying to divert his attention from something else. Because he wouldn't look you in the eye but he had this fear all over his face. And understandably enough because we looked like a bunch of students, and that's who goes around blowing up those guys, you know. So they are right to be afraid." - from the RCA "Special Radio Series" LP, Volume Two (1980). Submitted by: Steve Brace.
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