Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 23:44:34 -0800

From: "Thomas L. Clark" tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU

Subject: hoopy

Don Lance's memory or hoopty in the fifties reminds me that when I was

doing fieldwork for DARE in 1966, I heard this term several times. It

seemed always to occur between Steubenville OH and Marietta OH and in

Parkersburg West Virginia. It referred to folks from down in the hills

who came upriver to the glass plants along with the shipments of hoops

used for barrels by glass manufacturers. Many of these people wound up

around Akron and environs. It was pejorative, like redneck or cracker.

Thomas L. Clark

Department of English

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas NV 89154-5011

tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 702/895-3473 FAX 702/895-4801