"[In the early 1950s] we were stationed
in D.C. in the military. We used to go home every weekend [to Massachusetts].
. . . We traveled at night and we'd go up and down and they were building
the Turnpike at the time and we'd have to wait forever because there
were little black bears playing with the fire pots-little round pots
with kerosene in them-they used to use them along the side of the road
during the construction of the lower end of the Turnpike. They used
to have a horrible time with the bears."
Thelma Coslow, Ramsey, New Jersey,