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Matt Weinstock, Jan. 12, 1961

  Jan. 12, 1961, Comics  

Jan. 12, 1961: TWO YOUNGSTERS from a junior high school in the San Fernando Valley, winners of a Community Chest contest, came downtown the other day and, with Suburbia editor John Cornell as guide, were taken on a tour of the Civic Center.

As they came out of the Police Building, one girl saw a P car on 1st Street and exclaimed: "Look! A bus that goes on tracks!" John explained it was a streetcar. Apparently she had no comprehension of such matters because when another P car came by she said in wonderment, "Gee, just like a railroad!"

Is anyone else slightly appalled at the thought that a generation that has never seen a streetcar is being reared in S.F. Valley?

DEAR ABBY: My problem is so embarrassing I can't talk to anyone about it, so I'm writing to you. My husband is 47 and for the past year he has been hoarding the most objectionable pictures of half-dressed and naked women. He carries a billfold full of them and I've found several bunches hidden under the mattress and in his workshop. He promised he'd quit it, but he continues. Now I found that he's been trying on my....


  Jan. 12, 1961, Weinstock  

  Jan. 12, 1961, Abby  

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I'm a small town dude from the midwest and had lots of uncles and aunts who lived on the farm. Just a few years after the comment by the girl about the streetcar, a young relative of mine who was born and raised in El Lay went to the zoo. It was the first time he had ever seen a cow. I was Fibbergasted at that.


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