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We joked about it," said another classmate. " Which meant, everyone joked, that he went down and put pennies on the railroad tracks. Peterson and his family lived near the Brandos out on Bradley Road, and he and Ed Sawusch, another neighbor, car-pooled to school, one or the other of the families driving the boys into town. "We didn't talk about the trouble he was getting into," said Sawusch, who was one of the few class- LllHRTYVlLLE ••• mates who had ever been at the Brando house. "If he was having problems with his Mom and Dad, he never confided about that either.

Slowly, Bud rose from his seat, as if it was the greatest effort in the world, sauntered over to the door and closed it. Pop shook his head. ' He looked back at Pop and blinked his eyes. " It was as if he couldn't have cared less, and the incident was only one of many. Sometimes his testing stayed just within the letter of the law, sometimes not, and in the latter instances he would be sent out to the hallway or to the principal. "We joked about it," said another classmate. " Which meant, everyone joked, that he went down and put pennies on the railroad tracks.

Once, when a class was in an uproar, the frazzled instructor hollered, "Order! " • He hung a dead skunk on the football scoreboard, upwind of the classrooms. • He rode his bike on the school's indoor, board running track. • When no one was looking, he'd light up a string of "ladyfingers," little one-inch firecrackers, and casually toss them out the classroom windows in the middle of class. • He poured hydrogen sulfide in the blower of the school's furnace, spreading a rotten egg smell throughout every classroom and hallway.

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