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Above is notorious small talk in the St. Louis area. Post Dispatch has letter to the editor responding to a recent complaint abt the practice.

High school question a great way to find things in common

I received a copy of Dan Dillon's wonderful book, "So, Where'd You Go to High School" as a retirement gift from the grandparents of a student in 2006. It has been greatly enjoyed by friends as well as by me.

Mr. Dillon is correct about making connections (letters, Dec. 8). Because that question was asked, I found out that I attend church with two people from McKinley, one from Southwest, one from Roosevelt, and with a classmate from Cleveland. And I met two people this month of whom I asked the question.

When the question is asked of me, I always say, "Cleveland." Then, I add that I lived in the Roosevelt district, which gives me access to more high school attendees. It is a really great way to find things in common with newly met people.

The only negative about the question is when sports-minded people say negative things about a high school's sports teams. And, being a boomer, I have to wonder whether they are remembering correctly; that was a long time ago.

Sharon Head • De Soto
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