The Advent of the Drive-In Church

By now, it's the stuff of legend, which probably means it's at best half-true: In the 1920s, Camden, New Jersey, native Richard Hollingshead Jr.'s mother was too heavy to fit into the seats at the local movie theater. If this had been your mother, you might have recommended that she simply seek out a new form of entertainment, or possibly wait for the invention of the multiplex and its creepily named “love seat–style seating,” but that's because you're not from New Jersey—where every problem has a solution that both makes your mom happy and involves the inhalation of at least two kinds of toxic fumes.

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