These insects become the dirge of any Kansas kid with a yen to play outside.
Their bite will cause one to lie awake at night, fighting the urge to scratch for seconds — no, minutes — on end.
Anywhere on the body is fair game for these awful critters — where socks go, underwear, armpits and other sweaty places where their bites burn and itch.
Nowadays, there are precautions to take in avoiding these nasty bugs.
In the past, one was instructed not to roll around in the backyard grass. Provided those instructions were not followed, you could apply pink liquid goop that dried like paste; fingernail polish that only made the bite marks more angry or bathe in baking soda baths.
Question: What are these nasty, nasty bugs called?
Answer to Wednesday’s question: During the 1940s through the 1960s, Les Winget was an announcer at Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos and producer of such well-known rodeo companies as the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo and Harry Knight Championship Rodeo. He was manager for the George Stichka Company Rodeo Division and worked for Gene Autry's Flying A Company.
Barbara Winget served as the show's arena secretary, keeping track of all publicity, paychecks, wardrobe and tallying the championship points for the competitors.
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