||[Oct. 26th, 2009|09:51 am]
Fanatics of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders
A Will Rogers High School Greaser had this to say: I was/ am/will always be a greaser. My sister and Susan where friends, she and Ms. Parker who is still a teacher at Rogers all hung out at the roller skate ring, the Rose Bowl, and the Admiral twin drive in together. We the guys at Rogers who had cars, smoked, and in my case had a leather jacket. started back in 1947, and lasted tii 1980. At that time the schools ended driving to school, smoking required you to be over 18, and with bussing, the rich kids quit public schools and moved to private, making all the public schools here equally poor, wiped out the social. Leather jackets, long hair, and rebelion was overtaken by gangs of mostly african-americans, and the white kids seemed to not hang out in groups anymore. Now it's crips and bloods, Prepies, and goths, jocs, and dweebs. None of which would dare to cross into another group.
Gone are the days where you might not know a kid, but if he was like you both of you had the others back. Pony-boy, soda-pop, and the others have all grown-up, and moved on. Tex married Cherry his sweetheart from Edison (the rich kid school), and went on to be of all things a cop. Pony-boy died in 1968 in Vietnam, and soda-pop has his own Cycle shop just down the street from Rogers. They are grandpas, and grandmas now. Susan still works with kids who want to be writers, and is still seen hanging out by the park, but the fountain is gone now, like everthing change is forever, and the moments in time we share, are best left to the writers to document.