In 1934 I was a senior at Amundsen High School in Chicago. Col. Robert McCormick's Chicago Tribune was served with breakfast each morning. He was in full swing those days, fighting the New Deal and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Suddenly his front page exploded with the grim news that communists had been seen lurking around high school campuses, handing out subversive literature.
Well, our school knew how to combat that menace. They moved all three home-room senior classes into the school auditorium where we all pledged allegiance to the flag and sang the "Star Spangled Banner."
For over 50 years I have laughed when I repeated that silly story of "How I was saved from communism at the age of 17."