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Airmobile: The Helicopter War in Vietnam (Vietnam Studies by James Mesko

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When I look around and see how immature a large majority of our adults appear, it disgusts me to no end. ”5 This less judgmental position regarding youth in Wayne County, however, seemed to be a minority opinion. ”6 It was at this same time that Ken Kays was ordered home by the high school principal to cut his long hair. indb 18 7/13/06 10:12:43 AM Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | 19 In the spring of Kays’ senior year, a local judge ordered a teenage offender to shave off his beard and keep it shaved for six months as a part of his sentence, a drastic step Judge Quindry had employed before.

Smoking cigars turned out to be one of Kays’ most common indulgences during his adolescent years. “Kenny really enjoyed his cigars. indb 14 7/13/06 10:12:42 AM Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | 15 Better days: Kenny Kays played four years for the Fairfield High School Mules football team. Kays is number 29, front row of this 1964 freshman team photo. Courtesy Randy Reed. ” Kays also took great pleasure in keeping in shape, perhaps as a way of building up self-esteem. ” Many of Kays’ acquaintances also remembered the young man’s amazing upper-body strength.

The piece read in part, “Fairfield was a nice little town, once. The county was settled by a bunch of cowboys of one type or another. Yet among all 6006 residents, there was not one Indian. Neither were there any Negroes, nor any Chinamen. In fact, there were no people who even claimed to be Democrats. Every one was pretty much alike. Except for one thing, it was hard to tell any difference at all. Some claimed they were Methodists and others claimed they were Baptists. The Methodists said you shouldn’t drink, but they did anyway; the Baptists said you shouldn’t drink and they didn’t.

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