Growing up in Chicago during the decade of 1942 to 1952, young Lowell Streiker was blithely unaware that it was the last great era for children of an exciting city before the mass exodus of families to the burgeoning suburbs. For Lowell and his friends, it was a time of dawn to dusk street games, playgrounds, Satruday movies, trying to stay out of trouble at school--and especially for playing "guns," first with weapons formed by thumb and finger, then crude wooden replicas, and finally squirt guns and cap pistols. Yet it also was a time of transition, as he learned to cope with the personalities of old world parents, the sacrifices imposed by a war and what it meant to be Jewish in an Italian Catholic neighborhood. A Chicago childhood remembered with keen detail and dozens of period photos.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 254 pgs.