Thomas Mahon — When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a boy, In the company of strangers, in the quiet of the railway station, Running scared… — Paul Simon, The Boxer I escaped my hometown St Paul at age 23 in the spring of 1967. It was a pleasant place then if you never went there. But it had become a prison and asylum for me. Mostly because I had problems in school. I managed to maintain a gentlemanly B- all right, but it was seeing connections or disconnections that I was not supposed to see that got me in trouble.