Be STRAIGHT! Straight Magazine, the Stock Market and old time religion
Straight used to mean Square. Now of course Straight means not Queer, not Drunk, not Doped and having less fun.
Anyway, Straight magazine was published by Standard Publishing, an ark-sized conglomerate of Christian literature profitable enough to be traded on the stock exchange. That's right...you could actually invest in Straight! Except that the magazine title has been changed to Encounter, thus reflecting how word meanings shift over time unlike the firm foundation of God. Maybe one day "encounter" will mean gay, though I think it already does in certain communities.
Standard Publishing was formed in 1872. It was incorporated in 1875. Shares in Standard began trading publicly in 1964. In 2006 private equity firm Wicks Group saw GOLD and bought the company. Wicks Group is WAY to big for me to figure out, so you can do it yourself HERE.
A quick glance reveals none what you might call "Muslim" properties on their balance sheet. Maybe it is time for them to hedge their bets. At any rate, it is a LONG way from those dimes you used to drop into collection plates.
Straight is full of tips for teens. How to avoid being a juvy, how to fit in and such. Every issue has a Bible crossword and a squeaky clean joke page. Straight teens were encouraged to write in and share their ways of dealing with being called "chicken" or having their path blocked by temptation. It goes without saying everyone in Straight is White.
Maybe if I had been reading Straight instead of the beatniks, I'd have turned out 'straighter"
Group of "Straight" Collection Victor Minx