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Memories of a controversy


from the Licking (MO) News

These are the despised PE uniforms. This is a scan from a newspaper clipping so the quality isn't great. The date was missing but it was probably around 1958. I'm sixth from left in the middle row. My classmate and college roommate Helen is seated to my left. She's married to a retired Baptist minister and writes Christian novels in her spare time.

Each of us had an opinion, and many voiced their views emphatically. It wasn't a comparison of presidential candidates. We were female high school students discussing the idea of uniforms for physical education classes in the late 1950s. We thought the whole idea was preposterous. Old play clothes were just fine.

My brother Gene sent me a copy of a newspaper clipping showing my PE class in those uniforms accompanied by a lengthy story extolling the benefits of the uniforms and the benefits of PE class. Apparently the uniforms were meant to blur the lines between the haves and have nots. We...

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