Two 1970s Birthday Parties: An Analysis

It was the social event of the season. My friend Steve’s birthday is January 30, and when we were kids he always had a few folks over for plastic tumblers of RC Cola and a Kroger sheet cake, etc. There was usually a burping contest and a few well-placed farts, followed by cigars in the […]

Do You Know Anyone Named Mike? We’re Gonna Need Your Mike Stories

One of my best friends as a kid was named Mike. We spent a million hours together, and got into some excellent trouble. We set off a firecracker in the man’s room of Murphy’s Mart, for instance, and were man-handed by security. Murphy’s was a giant discount store, similar to K-Mart. We used to run […]