'As Boys Grow': A Lesson in Puberty From 1957

By Brian Resnick

From Medical Arts Production, a teenage boy's guide to growing up...

Pete, a 14-year-old member of a freshmen track team, wonders why he is so much scrawnier than the other boys. According to his coach, it's because he hasn't hit puberty yet. "It's not just how old you are, kids develop at different time," coach Douglas reassures him. Pete's teammate Bill is equally clueless about growing up, as shown in this exchange between him and a more developed boy:

Older boy: Hey, you know something? I had a wet dream last night.

Bill: Wet dream? What's that?

Lucky for the boys, coach Douglas has some free time before practice to explain all the aspects of adulthood, from shaving to dating, and (one day) impregnating girls.



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