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While bare feet were undoubtedly more popular in the past (at least here in the U.S.), they were still a rarity. In fact, they were enough of a rarity that adults who regularly went barefoot out and about had some degree of notoriety. And that meant the media wrote about them. Hence my series: Colorful Characters.

Today’s colorful character is Billy Barber.

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Pilot Mountain

I spent the weekend in Winston-Salem in North Carolina. As part of the visit I had a chance to do a nice little hike (about 3.1 miles) around Pilot Mountain just a bit north of the city.

And other people in the park had a chance to see two barefoot hikers.

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic comes from a strip called Smidgens, written by Bob Cordray. The sources I looked at said that the strip ran from 1962 to 1974, but this one appeared in newspapers on March 14, 1975.

Smidgens, March 14, 1975

Smidgens, March 14, 1975

The usual phrase is “barefoot from the neck down”. But in either case, I wonder, were they wearing a mask? Or were they really barefoot from the forehead down? (Or up to their hair?)

 

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Dictated by Customs

You would think that after all these years of going barefooted, I’d no longer have concerns about whether to go barefoot and that worries would be behind me.

But there is still a niggling in the back of the brain.

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You know how some people just keep having more boys while trying to have a little girl?

Well, meet the Harrisons from Johnson City, Tennessee, when they took a visit to New York City. Thirteen barefoot boys.

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Merry Christmas

 

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And a song, Barefoot Santa Claus, from Sonny James.

 

[A repost from last year.]

 

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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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