MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Sep. 6, 1948

MANNERS & MORALS

¶ Miniature golf courses, the rage of the depression, were springing up all around Chicago again.

¶ Citizens of Tulare, Calif, lined the streets for nine miles to welcome 17-year-old Bob Mathias, home from his decathlon victory in the Olympic Games. After hours of cheers, band music, speeches and photographs, Bob decided he'd had enough. He drank a quart of milk, locked himself in his room, played phonograph records and waited for the crowds to go away.

¶ A severe daylight thunderstorm over western Wisconsin caught a two-engine Northwest Airlines transport plane, shot lightning around it, crippled it, brought it down...

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