MANNERS & MORALS: I Almost Did Fly


When six-year-old Dickie Bonham began reading Mighty Mouse comic books a few months ago, he was overwhelmed by a pulse-stirring daydream: he began imagining himself flying through the air in red tights, a long-sleeved yellow pulloverand a flowing cape. He was a frail, asthmatic child, but doggedly determined; he hurried from his room in the Bonham home in Highland Park, Calif. and asked his mother whether he could learn to spread his arms and fly.

Gently, she told him that God did not want humans to fly that way; that He had given birds wings to fly,...

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