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Old Songs in a New Cafe (1994, Warner Books)

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Robert James Waller included a short story called A Rite of Passage in Three Cushions as part of the collection, Old Songs in a New Cafe (1994, Warner Books). He writes, "I've always liked personal-sized heroes. In the early 1950s, when other boys were fawning over Duke Snider or Rocky Marciano, I was deifying Sammy Patterson in an unpretentious room on the main street of Rockford, Iowa." It is interesting to note how Waller raises his passions to god-like status while other boys had fleeting crushes. For whom did you have such acclaim and why?

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