Family life of the Everetts (1960s-1980s)

This sketch cannot avoid a glance at the family life of the Everetts. Whether you look at it with today's standards or through the filter of the 1970s, the Everett's family life was certainly not ideal. The history of their son Mark tells part of the story. In June 1997 Gina Morris, an interviewer of "Select Magazine," quoted words of rock star E (a.k.a. Mark Everett), who had been a pupil at a private school in 1969: ". . . father, a physicist, was never around. At home, irony and sarcasm were substitutes for love." She went on: "[Mark] became dangerously introverted, and was regularly visited by the psychologist" [114c]. Suffering from spiritual loneliness, Mark found rebellious escape in music (from the drums he shifted by the age of 11-12 to making up little songs on the family's upright piano) [5]. In school, his loneliness was replaced by sudden popularity as "a cute little drummer kid" in the school band [114c]. In the wide-open 1970s he fell victim to the temptations of that time, and in 1976 was arrested and expelled from school for using alcohol, marijuana ("grass"), and apparently other drugs ("powder") [5, 115]. Fortunately, drugs did not take over his life or ever become a big problem for him [9]. After a five-year course of therapy Mark defeated his addictions [116]. Afterwards he and his rock group eels followed a dizzying path of popularity from the bottom to the top of the charts. [5].

Hugh Everett had his own hobbies: wine making, photography (he never parted with his miniature camera), and CB transmitting (he was lovingly called "The Mad Scientist" by his CB buddies [82]). He also enjoyed ocean cruises [13].


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