And by the way, if you hate to go to school,
You may grow up to be a mule.*
Ditties like this were being sung to teenagers all over the U.S. last week. In cinema houses throughout the land, Bing Crosby addressed some 40,000,000 Americans (via a movie short), urging that high-school youngsters go back to school this month. Frank Sinatra wrote a syndicated newspaper appeal. Superman, the Lone Ranger, the Quiz Kids, the Air Forces' General H. H. Arnold, the Marines' Lieut. General A. A. Vandegrift chimed in. The U.S. Government was conducting the biggest back-to-school drive in history.
Washington, with active...