At McKeesport High School, Sonny was the news editor of The Red and Blue. During his fifteenth summer, Duane Michals found his way to Amarillo, Texas with Jimmy Connelly on a Greyhound bus. There they hitchhiked up to the Oklahoma panhandle to work on the wheat crops. Alas they were too small. Having received a scholarship from the University of Denver, Sonny who was then seventeen, ran away from home to Colorado.
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