Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Calling Norman Rockwell

[Nostalgia Factor] I love it when people -- especially public servants -- look back wistfully on the good old days. That was back when people never locked their doors, the Fuller Brush man stopped by the house and women weren't all caught up in their own needs. Real women stayed home and baked (and hid Smirnoff bottles in the clothes hamper).

Sandy City Police Sgt. Victor Quezada hearkened back to those halcyon days last night on the 10 p.m. KSL news. Responding to a reporter's questions about a rash of attempted middle-school student abductions around the Salt Lake Valley, Quezada reminded parents to stay alert and aware of their kids' whereabouts.

Always good advice.

Because, as he underscored, it's dangerous out there: "Today's world is not the way it used to be 30 years ago."

No kidding. It's hardly as safe as 1974, when serial murderer Ted Bundy snatched my high school classmate, Nancy Wilcox and killed her--and dozens of other women in the West and at least three in Florida.

It was a whole lot safer in Utah from 1979 to 1983, too, when super-pervo Arthur Gary Bishop kidnapped and killed five little boys, ranging in age from three to 12. In between victims, he tortured small animals.

It was much simpler 30 years ago. Gee, I miss those days. Holly Mullen)

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