July 4th, 2009

A medicial question.

What sort of anti-psychotic medications where psychologists prescribing in the 1970s? The situation is this my main character is seven and he can see people's thoughts. His parents take him to psychologist and though the psychologist believes him, because of his unerring accuracy they still prescribe the anti-psychotics, thinking that it will dampen or remove the ability. So what sort of medication would be prescribed? Would it be first or second generation?

Note: I've googled anti-psychotics in the 1970s?
Sheryl Nome

Japanese names for a child

Where: a society kind of like Edo-era Japan, but with links to modern Japan.
When: 1980s

One of my characters, Y, is adopting a kid as a little brother (read: the kid follows Y home and he doesn't mind as long as he doesn't have to be called 'dad') who can't remember his name. Y has no problem with the child taking his family name, but he doesn't want to keep calling him 'kid' or 'boy' constantly (to do so isn't beautiful), so Y needs to think of a name for him.

To this end, I need a boy's name that isn't too archaic or too modern. Preferably it would have either the kanji for three, a number that Y thinks is beautiful, in it or a kanji that means strength, or something similar, since Y equates beauty with strength. The shorter the better, to make it easier for Y's friends to remember it, especially K who forgets names easily and so gives embarrassing nicknames to people, and so it's easier to yell across a battlefield for when the child inevitably tries to become like his 'big brother'.

searched: 'japanese names' 'kanji' 'meanings', in various combinations. baby name sites, that only seem to give meanings but no kanji.
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Upwardly mobile car from early '70s

Hi all. I need some info regarding early 1970's cars. My characters are a married couple who are far from rich, but the wife likes to give the appearance of having more money than they actually do. In an effort to keep up with the Joneses, she talks her husband into buying a nice car that they can't really afford. My question is, what kind of car might it be? I don't want a sports or muscle type car that might appeal more to men, but a car that a young woman of the time would consider classy, if that makes sense. It can't be tremendously expensive, like a Rolls or something. It should just be a car that says "We're respectable, we're doing well." I've googled "nice cars, early '70s," "classic '70s cars" (which got me mostly muscle cars), "upscale early '70s cars," and a couple of variations on this, but not with very good results.

I'd appreciate any help!

ETA: Thanks to everyone! I think I'm going with a Caddy, either Eldorado or Seville. I appreciate the suggestions!

Foster child's rights after parent arrested for murder of other parent

Phew, that's a hell of a subject title.

My question, more specifically, relates to the rights of a child to know about the crime and such. In this example, the child was 4 years old when they witnessed the aftermath of the father murdering the mother (they don't see it actually happen). The child then goes into foster care due to no other legal guardians being available.

1) How much about the crime and the father's imprisonment does the child have the right to know about? Do they have to be a certain age before they can request documentation about it? (Such as crime scene photography, arrest reports, trial records, sentencing, etc). Is it even possible for a person to get this information on request, whether or not they are related?

2) Would the child be kept in the loop about the father's circumstances (for instance, if he was transferred to another prison, or if he was seriously injured/sick, or if he escaped)?

3) Is the father allowed visitations, or does he lose that right (and can the child choose whether or not they want to go? Do they have to be a certain age to decide?) Also, would the father be kept in the loop about where the child is living and their general foster care arrangements, or does the father lose those rights? Or is that up to the child to decide? If so, which age does it become their choice, and which age is it the government's choice?

I realise that's a lot of little questions about the same thing, so any information at all (or sources of information) would be greatly appreciated.

Setting: Illinois, USA

Searched: All sorts of strings involving foster care, foster children, prison, incarceration, etc