The school was performing "The Wizard of Oz" as a school play that year. The girls hatched a plan to present the witch's message to the world.
"We thought it was brilliant," Chris Brennan, Holy Child Class of 1975, told The Washington Post, "but being good girls we didn't want to deface any property, so we came up with the idea to use wadded newspapers to spell out the letters."
The girls gathered at night and in a commando-style midnight operation — each girl assigned her letter. They then stuffed the newspaper wads into the chain-link fence on the Linden street bridge over the beltway.
A photograph appeared in the Montgomery Journal on Oct. 31, 1974, with the headline, "Wicked Witch of the Beltway?" The photo caption read in part: "Fantasy? Maybe. But isn't it great to have such a sense of fun?"
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