John Wilcock Looking for the Right Chick

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November 7, 1963, Vol. IX, No. 3

The Greenwich Village Scholarship, 1963

By John Wilcock

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So when I inaugurated the Greenwich Village Scholarship last year, the idea in my mind was that all over America were college girls who couldn't make up their minds about Greenwich Village. Should they go back home and marry the boy next door, or was it possible that the way to truth, beauty, freedom, and opportunity lay among the Bohemian set?

The scholarship offered the winning chick three days of parties, tours, coffee-shopping, guided exploration, and discussion in the Village, during which time she could match her image with the reality and, as they say, come to her own conclusions.

Last year's winner, Amy Stone of Swarthmore, was chosen unanimously by the judges (Ted Wilentz of the 8th Street Bookshop; Art D'Lugoff of the Village Gate; and myself) on the basis of her letter listing the reasons why she felt such a visit to the Village would be beneficial. She had enjoyed herself, so presumably the visit was beneficial. Which brings us to the Greenwich Village Scholarship for 1963.

In recent months it has become clear to me that there is a whole category of American womanhood that is even more in need of a Greenwich Village education than college girls. I refer, of course, to the underprivileged chicks now living in Manhattan's East 60s. They look beautiful, they dress beautifully, and their lives are a constant round of elegant artificiality. their concept of the Village is of a seething snakepit -- exactly the view, in fact, that Villagers take of the tourist scene that such weekend visitors help to produce.

Well, it's my view that such chicks are not completely beyond redemption, and while there is a chance to save them, I am willing to offer it. This year's Greenwich Village Scholarship -- an intensive round in the late November of Village life, parties, and subtle indoctrination -- is open to all Manhattan girls currently living a life of elegance. As long as they're not living it south of 14th Street.

Letters of application for the scholarship will be considered for the next two weeks, after which the judges' decision will be announced. Photographs and relevant background material should accompany all applications.

[Each weekday morning, we post an excerpt from another issue of the Voice, going in order from our oldest archives. Visit our Clip Job archive page to see excerpts back to 1956. John Wilcock is still going strong at his website, Ojaiorange.com. And at Amazon, you can order his new autobiography, Manhattan Memories.]


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