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The Cat Who Sank a Submarine

When the USS Greeneville surfaced beneath the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru in February, killing nine fishermen, news stories immediately focused on the fact that there were civilians aboard the submarine.

Back in the 1970s, the Evil People lounge was a small, nondescript saloon located on U.S 1, a half-mile south of the Indian River-St. Lucie county line. Early in the day it catered to a few thirsty truck drivers, but later in the afternoon a younger, more enthusiastic clientele began packing the bar and tables.

The reason for their excitement became clear when a couple of young girls emerged from a room in the rear and began dancing to the music of a jukebox. Nothing special about that, of course - except that the girls were topless, still an innovation on the Treasure Coast in the early '70s.

Over the years, an evening at the Evil People had become quite a right of passage for many of Vero's young men. The bar was closer to Vero Beach than to Fort Pierce, and youngsters who had reached drinking age - or who had fake IDs- would spend a cheerful couple of hours downing beers and watching the girls strut their stuff below a sign that read "Think Naked."

Read the entire article in the Summer 2001 issue