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Olden Goldies

May 09, 1993

Jonathan Gold's "Speaking the Language" (Three on the Town, April 11) reminds me of my teen-age years when my friends and I thought we were being so clever by talking "jive" in front of adults and telling completely pointless jokes at which we roared with laughter.

By the time we were 16, however, most of us quit thinking that such behavior was cute or novel or that our talk was flabbergasting the older generation.

Apparently not so Mr. Gold. "Into his 30s" he still chortles at what "the '60s guy" must be thinking about his "dude talk" and enjoys believing that "it drives people nuts."

I can guess what the '60s guy is thinking: Gee, when do you suppose this immature, smirking little ding-dong is going to grow up?

RICHARD PRESTON

Yucaipa

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