Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-04-2003, 02:37 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 32
Steetwise Documentary...where are they now?

Sometime in the early eighties, director Martin Bell and photographer Mary Ellen Mark did an amazing doucmentary called "Streetwise." It basically documented the lives of the "street children" that hung out in the Pike Street area of Seattle. The end of the documentary was especially tragic.

I watched it several times and recently wondered what became of these kids. A cursory search on the web indicated that Lulu (the lesbian protector of the children) was killed in a streetfight in 1985, and that Erin "Tiny" Blackwell (whose mother referred to her as going through "just a phase") is now a mother herself. I was wondering what became of the other kids? Are they still alive? Did they get out of the "life" of prostitution and drugs? In particular I was curious if anyone knew the fates of Rat, Shadow, Patti, and Munchkin....

Any help is appreciated...Thanks
Old 12-04-2003, 06:26 PM
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Here
Posts: 1,677
Saw that doc too. It's real good. If I were betting... dead or in jail. Hopin' for better.
Old 09-29-2014, 03:29 PM
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 1
Streetwise 1984

Lots of us died or went to prison. But unknown to the public there were 100's of us children in the streets in the 70's and 80's not just the few portrayed in the documentary. Although many died, many of us survived.
We have husbands/wives, children, college degrees, job and we are drug free. Don't count any of us out. We are survivors.
Old 09-29-2014, 04:32 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The Flour Capital
Posts: 197
Zombie children or not, there is a section of the relevant Wikipedia article that mentions the fates of about half the kids.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:40 PM.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: [email protected]

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: ray charles walking mueller's recipes victorian house tower gas rationing ww2 dentist novacaine silver goldfish wop definition michigan dogfish quiznos subs commercial mandarin alphabet song ello govna origin funny anime porn a4 chips may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits what heals the fastest in the human body duh duh duh sound do nuns get paid do checks need to be endorsed for deposit white stuff in drain pipes have you ever been arrested cited or detained does beano really work i could eat a peach for hours can general grievous use the force key turns but wont unlock car door