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Last updated 3/23/2020 at 4:01pm

In June of 1972, right about the time I was finishing the eighth grade, the grown-ups were all talking about a dirty movie.

This was “Deep Throat,” and it was a sign of the times, I’d heard, another indication of a rapid moral decay that matched the crumbling infrastructure of our cities. A pornographic film had suddenly and surprisingly became mainstream, and everyone seemed to be seeing it. Not anyone I knew, and as far as I was concerned it was just another odd blip on the baffling culture of that era as viewed through 14-year-old eyes.

I was a lot more interested in football. It...

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