* At the park a bird mistaken for a softball * The ceremonies of the middle class include this Sunday gathering— 200 folk with paper plates lined up for meat and beans * Off to the side a row of men carving dead animals and a few boys chewing all they can chew * Old men shake hands “Howarrya?” * WELCOME to the Annual Masonic Picnic, followed by Perry Como over the loudspeaker: “Starlight” *

2 August 1981, Fortuna