I too was born and raised in Bucks County. I graduated in 1978 from Neshaminy High School.
Your description of growing up in the area was dead-on for me. I grew up in Levittown, which was a mixture of blue-collar and middle-management types. My dad drove a truck for a tri-state area supermarket chain. My friends and the neighborhood we grew up in were a mixture of Catholic, Jewish and Protestant. All most all of us have left and pursued life far away form Bucks County. We left for each of our own reasons, but your article echoes our feelings in a collective way. Your memories of the racial climate and socioeconomic realities really brought me back.
I still have family in the area and return from time to time. I see changes that time always brings to any area. As the election approaches I also see the clashing of old and new views and attitudes. I hope that my old stomping grounds leads the way and loses the old for good.
San Marino, CA
Oct 31 2008 - 10:22pm