Today kids are more likely to charge into a virtual world of video games after school. However, this was not a possibility for youth in the 40s and 50s. Check out Larry Pope’s book Shot-Town Stories for a chance to experience what boyhood was like in the good old days in Eau Claire. Larry Pope was born and raised in Shawtown (pronounced Shot-Town by locals), a small, secluded neighborhood at the base of Mount Washington, bordering the Chippewa River. He has recently compiled a bunch of stories about his growing-up years there, before television and video games existed, when boys spent their free time exploring manholes in the wilderness.