“Another fact of the burgeoning anti-hippie campaign is the spate of radio commercials telling stories of individual heroism by members of the local police force. For example, a patrolman pulls an old lady from a burning automobile just before it blows up, and gets his hands burned (while whistling the Star Spangled Banner?). These commercials close with the catchy slogan, ‘And some would call him PIG!!’
“ ‘And some would call him pig’ billboards also are common in Phoenix, complete with pictures of policemen giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a little girl who has one limp arm around the cop’s shoulder and the other clutching — oh God — a teddy bear.
“Luckily we passed through Phoenix at night, so none of the local heroes spotted us and directed any of their individual acts of bravery in our direction.”
Where are they now?
Carly Carioli is web editor of the Boston Phoenix. Doug Simmons is the former managing editor of the Village Voice. Carolyn Clay is the theater editor for the Boston Phoenix. Joe Klein is a columnist for Time Magazine.
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