Okalahoma Times:

(EDITED: thank you, Flag and Random, my first two reviewers, for correcting my mistakes)

November 14th, 1967.

Sodapop Curtis is a young boy of sixteen, with dark blonde hair, brown eyes, and a handsome face that always seems to be smiling. "Soda can make you grin no matter what," says Ponyboy Curtis, Sodapop's younger brother. Noticed the odd names? Some of our reporters investigated the family history when we found out that the brothers, along with Darrel Curtis, might be split up, and found some shocking news about the mother and father of the three Curtis brothers.

Mary and Darrel Curtis were a happy couple, despite their place of living, and everything seemed fine when their eldest son, Darrel Jr was born; that is, until Darrel got into a fight at work, in the Ford Factory, with one of his rivals, Red Zimmerman; Darrel lost, and received some bruised ribs and a concussion.

Unbeknownst to his wife, he had not gone to the hospital, and that night he went to sleep, but didn't wake up in the morning. A terrified Mary called 911, and an ambulance came. At the hospital, doctors were able to revive Darrel from his concussion-induced coma, but the damage had been done.

Darrel slowly became more and more unstable, but no one noticed. When his second son was born, he named him Sodapop, and then when his third son was born, only 3 years later, he named him Ponyboy, both despite Mary's protests that the boys would be made fun of, and that they were ridiculous names. But Darrel insisted, and the names were made official.

On the night of their deaths, just hours after Mary had finally found out the truth about her husband's insanity, she had been driving him to the hospital, to see if they could help.

They never reached their destination; at least, not alive.

Since there were no witnesses, it is impossible to know exactly what happened that night, but investigators believed that in his madness, Darrel had tried to grab the wheel from Mary's hands, causing them to swerve off the road and crash.

Due to emotional instability, only the youngest brother, Ponyboy, has not been told this.

Sodapop, when told this, at his insistence, became quiet, and shook his head. He's as tough on the outside as he is on the inside, I think. I think that Soda's idea of a hero would be someone who is quiet, and kind and courageous, but strong enough to do what has to be done.

In the future, I think that Sodapop Curtis could be great at many things. Maybe a master thief, or a horse racer, or, he might even stay as a gas station worker.