Good Enough for Grandpa - Curt Gerling
A sequel to Smugtown U.S.A. In this book, Gerling says that if, in the 1950s, nearly all of Rochester's population was staid, conformist, and hidebound in the extreme, it hadn't always been so; he fills the book with tales of colorful characters and incidents of the past. His point is that people who resist change by invoking the ways of their grandfather have misunderstood that grandfather, who was probably a more dynamic character than the grandson -- he made the money that the younger generation hoards, and spent it on what some would call "vice" but Gerling calls "fun". Like the previous book, this one contains considerable stretches of dullness seasoned by sexism and racism, but with a greater number of interesting sections, fortunately. The chapter on the history of horse-betting was downright fascinating; I was also considerably surprised to learn that in the 50s there were genuinely few to no prostitutes in Rochester (not white ones, that is, and Gerling was of the opinion that only a truly desperate man would seek out the "dusky damsels".)