- - Thursday, October 1, 2015

In digging through newspaper archives for a book I wrote earlier this year, I came across this newspaper nugget of comedic gold.

The March 8, 1974, edition of the Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville), ran a profile piece on Bill Clinton, who was running for U.S. Congress against John Paul Hammerschmidt. 

Clinton was then an assistant professor of law at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and apparently there had been some “streaking” taking place on the campus.

For readers who didn’t know what streaking was, the article explained it. And for good measure, Clinton contrasted streaking with “mooning.”

Here’s the fun part. 

The “streaking” craze, which has surfaced at the U of A, is “a little extreme for my taste,” Clinton said.

Those who go “streaking” dash nearly nude through some public area.

“I find it offensive,” Clinton said. “But I think it’s just a passing fad.”

“Something quite similar went around when I was in high school,” he said. “You may remember it. They called it ‘mooning’ where you drop your drawers and stick your fat butt out the window in a passing car. It died out and I think streaking will too.”

 

 

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