Why the hell were the public schools so zealous back in the day about requiring book covers? In the Longwood School District, you actually got in trouble if your invaluable, publicly issued tome was without one.
Seriously, why? Hardcover textbooks were sturdy; they weren’t the frikkin’ Dead Sea Scrolls. Nor did the average student throw them off of overpasses or in front of passing trains or whatever. (In college, I threw my “Statistics of Psychology” textbook out of a second story window once, but that was a political statement.)
In retrospect, the practice of converting brown paper grocery bags to book covers seems a little ghetto. But you know what? I think most of the kids I knew did it, instead of using store-bought book covers. (We WERE the 99 Percent.)
My Longwood High School Alum Tim Gatto posted on Facebook recently about how a bunch of the guys wrote their favorite quotes and song lyrics on their books. (I picked up on that trend from him.) As Tim pointed out, it was Facebook before there was Facebook.