Glossary of people, places, and things of the time
Balloon: Smaller units of heroin packaged in un-blown up balloons.
Beauties/Black Beauties: Amphetamine in capsule form, very popular.
Crank: Powerful upper, usually injected.
Compton’s: 24 hour cafeteria, corner Turk and Taylor, late night hangout - okay food, okay prices, no time limit.
Cook, cook-up: To prepare a drug to be injected.
Conk: Hairstyle in which naturally curly, or kinky hair is straightened and styled.
Dopesick: Heroin withdrawals - the longer an addict goes without heroin, the worse it gets.
Fit (outfit): Materials needed to shoot up - cooker, needle, etc.
Geeze: Shoot up, inject.
General: San francisco General Hospital.
Kenny’s Upstairs: After hour’s club corner 292 Turk at Leavenworth, second floor.
Newsie: One who sells newspapers on the busy streets - usually out of a small wooden structure.
Paregoric: Over the counter cough syrup containing opium.
Queen: Male who dresses/lives as a female most/all of the time.
Reds: Seconal, a powerful downer in capsule form, highly desirable.
Ringside: Corner Eddy and Leavenworth, liquor, smokes, gambling, people met and hung out, working girls always nearby.
Squid: Mildly derogatory term for a sailor.
Swisher: Male dressed as male with accentuated feminine movements.
The Trapp: Lower Eddy Street bar with well-heeled gay clientele - frequented by a select few of the tough-guy type hustlers/regulars.
Tranny: Male who dresses as a female on occasion.
Works: See 'Fit' above.