The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Setting & Symbolism

Bill Bryson
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The Des Moines Register

Bill's father and mother worked at this newspaper. His father was a sports writer for the paper and his mother a home furnishings editor.

Des Moines, Iowa

Bill grew up in Des Moines, Iowa during the 1950s.

Bishop's

This was a cafeteria in Des Moines that the family went to often. The food was good and the toilets sanitized the seats when flushed.

Dahl's

This was the neighborhood supermarket. It was the site of the Kiddie Corral and it also had a conveyor system to take the groceries to waiting cars.

The Kiddie Corral

Located in Dahl's, the Kiddie Corral was full of comic books. Kids stayed here reading while their parents shopped.

Younker Brothers

This department store had a building on either side of Eighth Street and an underground passage connecting them. The Tea Room was located in Younker Brothers.

The Tea Room

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