The Fifties was not a time of tolerance toward people who were "different". One little man who hung around downtown all day, wore haphazardly smeared lipstick and dressed in a strange manner. He had a smile for everyone and children were not afraid when he followed them from store to store. Someone in the community felt differently since he was forced to leave town.
The drive to visit out-of-town relatives began as a joyous occasion. Burma-Shave signs were read and songs sung, but two siblings were soon separated by a line drawn down the middle of the car's back seat. Threats were made to stop the car and "take care" of the problem makers. Arrival at the planned destination was not soon enough!
Group of high school sophomores followed tradition by painting SOPH 59 on high school property. Night watchmen witnessed activity and reported to principal, who called parents. Disciplinary action - remove the paint after school - simple compared to individual punishment waiting at home.