No Pennies in My Pockets
by Lt. Col. Robert E. Whaley, USAF
For twenty-three years I have not put a penny in my pocket, nor have I put on a garment without first searching the pockets for one. It’s become a habit so deeply seated that it could not possibly be broken, forgotten, or disregarded. If I am reasonably close to my car, house, or office, I hold the pennies in my hand until getting to a place where they can be put and saved. Otherwise I given them to friends, add them to tips, drop them in plant pots, or throw them away (only to sometimes have them returned by helpful strangers).
It was 1942. I was a newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, ag…