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Entries by Tom Cramer from 09/2012

Back To School In The '70s: Razzles, Bullies And Primary Colors

| Posted 09.05.2012 | Fifty

The start of first grade had me happy and confused all at the same time: Ms. Svec was my teacher again, only she was now she was named Mrs. Jennings. Apparently she got married over the summer. Not cool. Didn't she know I loved her?

G.I. Joe, The Five And Dime And A Moral Test

| Posted 09.13.2012 | Fifty

It was like a personal test from God. I failed. I had never even heard the word rationalize, but I think it just may be a basic human instinct. I didn't open the bag, I thought. I only want the rifle, not all the accessories.

Kids on the Block, Enemies and Revenge Never Pays

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty

I consider myself blessed to grow up where and when I did -- the south side of Chicago in the 1970s. With all those kids on the block, it was easy to make friends. It was also easy to make enemies.