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How Things Have Changed

First, a picture from 1970, via Flickr:

Outside Townsend Hall, 1970

Outside Townsend Hall, 1970

And now, from yesterday:

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The Harris County Public Library

The Harris County Public Library (that’s Houston, TX, and surrounding communities) currently has a picture of a barefoot boy on their home page. Considering how libraries have such antipathy to bare feet, what’s going on?

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In Colorful Characters: Hans Peter Bertelsen, I wrote about how Hans Peter Bertelsen was considered the inspiration for John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “The Barefoot Boy”. However, in a comment to that, it was suggested that Whittier himself was the barefoot boy.

What’s the real scoop?

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How Things Have Changed

Bare feet really did use to be acceptable. Here’s a repost of an entry I did on June 13, 2011. I was on the campus of The Ohio State University.

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Penny Arcadia — Part 3

Let me wrap up the story of Arcadia, CA’s 1965 attempt to ban bare feet in all civic buildings. It was a win . . .

. . . but not really.

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Library Rules — 2001

I happened across some old files on my computer and discovered that I’d made a list of library rules way back in 2001, predating my lawsuit.

There were more than I remembered.

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Strategery

My last two blog entries has me thinking about legal issues, so I thought I’d write about how, during my lawsuits, I had to make a couple of strategic decisions that the normal lawsuit is usually not confronted with.

I had to tap dance through a mine field.

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