Jim Morrison: The High School Years

Bill Thomas and Randy Maney were teenagers, growing up in Alexandria around 1960. One day the duo, along with a friend, traveled to Hains Point, the East Potomac Park Golf Course, to knock around a few balls. While they waited their turn on the greens, their friend silently walked over to a round metal railing along the tidal basin and began to stride atop it, as if it were a circus tightrope.

“If he’d fallen into that river, he’s gone. There’s no way to climb out,” recalled Maney. “I think he did things like that to watch people’s reaction, but that really seemed like something more than just trying to get a reaction.”

Their friend’s name was Jim Morrison.

Intense moments like the one above, and interviews with childhood friends of the late lead singer of The Doors, are featured in author Mark Opsasnick’s new book “The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia.” Opsasnick believes his is the first examination of Morrison’s two-and-a-half year stint as a student at George Washington High School and as a resident of Woodland Terrace in the Jefferson Park area of Alexandria.

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