“Flunk day” and “Lightnin”: or, February is hopping! (Original Boomerang for February 4, 1923)

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Original Boomerang, February 4, 1923

The top stories in this issue of the Original Boomerang are about Ruth’s travels as a drama coach–so exciting!–and the weather–brrrr! A couple stories further in to the issue have some intriguing references: what’s “flunk day,” one wonders, and what’s “Lightnin”? The former is mentioned in the story about Des Moines beating the University of North Dakota in a basketball game; quoting the Boomerang Man, “the next day was flunk day for Beth and the bunch, with pickles, sandwiches, victrola records in our happy home.” Flunk day sounds like fun, in a homey roaring twenties kind of way! As it turns out, it wasn’t exactly an occasion brought about by the university’s basketball win; it just happened to coincide. Flunk day was an annual day for skipping classes at Coe College! And in fact the flyer for it for 1923 was at the Iowa Heritage site — wow! Flyers for other years didn’t have near this “pinko” frame — I guess it’s truly a sign of the times!

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As for “Lightnin,” which the Boomerang Man and “Mama” are planning to to see on Valentine’s Day, it was a comedy written by Winchell Smith and Frank Bacon. It was on Broadway from 1918 to 1921, breaking the record for number of performances, and then went on tour around the country, including to Des Moines Iowa! Read all about it here.

There’s also a mention in this issue of Horace and Hellen taking charge of the Loper farm, which is an intriguing bit of family history, which I will look into when Horace and Hellen come up again.