How the community defined itself or envisioned itself was always as quirky and fun as its residents. My favorite graphics were the imaginative ones on the front cover of a magazine called “The Jerome Times,” published in the eighties with fabulous covers of Jerome as a spaceship or ashram.
Here are some of my favorite definitions of Jerome.
Rebels without a Clue
400 people and 800 opinions
An unintentional community
The last of the Bohemian ghettos
Large hippie coffeehouse
Only place I know of where you can spit a block
The backwash of the avante garde (or the avante garde of the backwash)
Retirement community for hippies
Floating galaxy on the mountain
A hippie redoubt
The town that died and went to heaven.
A den of pirates
Where eccentricity seems commonplace
Boarding house for the voluntarily insane
Town full of hippiecritters and cocationers
Rest home for old retreads
Insane asylum without a roof
(Soon to be published in Diane Sward Rapaport’s new book, Home Sweet Jerome, Rescuing a Town from its Ghosts, forthcoming Spring 2014 from Johnson Books (Big Earth Publishing).