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By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor
Jan 11, 2008, 00:43
When I was a teenager growing up in Brooklyn, my parents warned me every summer to stay away from public pools or taking any chances running under opened fire hydrants to cools us from the brick-and-tar baking heat. Their fear was the epidemic of polio that haunted the US -- 52,000 cases in 1952 alone. My parents worried that polio "germs" could be carried in the highly used and abused public waters.
Yet in April 1955, in my 17th year, l…