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WHEN MY MOTHER WAS A YOUNG ADOLESCENT, SHE PLAYED A GAME
CALLED "LASSO" WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS. THIS GAME FEATURED A
LOT OF RUNNING AND ROAMING. IT WAS DEVELOPED FROM THE CHILDREN'S
FASCINATION WITH COWBOY RADIO AND TV SHOWS. "LASSO" WAS PLAYED AT
DUSK. "IT" HAD A ROPE AND WOULD TRY TO CATCH SOMEONE WITH A
LASSO. THE OTHERS WOULD RUN. IF "IT" WAS A GIRL SHE HAD TO LASSO
A BOY AND IF "IT" WAS A BOY HE HAD TO LASSO A GIRL. WHEN SOMEONE
WAS CAUGHT HE OR SHE HAD TO KISS THE CATCHER. HE OR SHE THEN
BECAME "IT" AND THE GAME CONTINUED.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00001950S

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