And so I found myself in an apartment building in Encino looking for a Ricky Rucksack to see if he could point me in the direction of Max Dolan that a little nine-year-old girl paid me a whole dollar to find. Sometimes I really don't understand my life.
There was a Negro in blue overalls mopping the marble floor in the lobby. He looked up at me when I opened the door to the building.
"Excuse me," I said, "do you know what apartment Ricky Rucksack lives in?"
I knew but I wanted to see what he said...
Christopher about 3 years ago
This is one of the drabbles with one of those non-PC words, but that was considered a polite term in 1952. The word "black" wasn't widely used to describe African Americans until the 1960s, and even then Negro was still widely used.