Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 23:44:34 -0800 From: "Thomas L. Clark" 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 702/895-3473 FAX 702/895-4801