Picture if you will, this obvious gentleman getting on a
downtown streetcar carrying a 20 pound live
snapping turtle by a hind leg! As he stood with his free
hand clutching the overhead strap, the other riders
gave a wide berth to this man and his beast. Needless
to say, he was the Talk-Of-The-Town on many occasions.
Our 5-points intersection at the bottom of Ivyglen Street,
was manned by a policeman called "Big Red". Noone
even cared to know this man's real name. Suffice to
say that he was despised by young and old alike, for his
Draconian enforcement of all laws real or imagined.
As usual after work one day, following a brief stop at
Kunkel's Tavern, Cookie proceeded across the intersection
to catch his ride up the hill. On this day, he had a turtle
with him and Big Red approached with some sarcastic remark.
Cookie waved the
turtle in his face and said "watch out Red, he'll bite you
for sure". Red scoffed at him, and pulled out his leather
blackjack to poke at the turtle's head. In a flash, the
expensive mace lost all of it's lead beebees onto the
highway. If Big Red could have devised a reason to
arrest my dad, he would have tried. And that would
have been a scene to behold.
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