An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Feb 16, 2015 07:29 AM CST

If you weren't alive in the 1950s, you may not be familiar with the Davy Crockett coonskin hat, a $100 million fad touched off by a Walt Disney television series. Like millions of other eight-year-old wanna-be frontiersmen, I wore one—for a while. A short while. This fad flamed out quickly.

Soon we had all moved on to other things, like hula hoops. They were a fad of a different sort, a fad that became something more than a fad.

Fads are short-lived; hula hoops remained popular for decades. Even if you weren't alive in 1958, when hula hoops were first ...

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