Card-Carrying Preppy

A true story of false identification

For four years, until he turned 21, Tim Bannon, Andover '65, used to carry a false identification card. Most of the information on it was fabricated, but at an age when personal identity is usually up for grabs anyway, this would hardly have troubled a prep-school junior. A fake ID, taken in combination with the condom customarily nestled next to it, represented pure possibility--early admission to adulthood with all its intensely anticipated pleasures. Everyone Bannon knew at Andover owned such a card, and for a good reason that we'll get to in a moment.

Creating a fake ID in the '60s...

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