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80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz (the answers)

May 31, 2016

80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz (the answers)

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80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz

CNN’s documentary series The Eighties is a winding down its run, and I’m working on a big post with lots of geek-friendly (GF) information about the decade. As I was writing that, though, I was struck by how many quotations and catchphrases there are from movies and TV shows during that time! Here are eighty GF quotes. Give yourself one point if you know the movie/show, three points if you know the character/actor (I would accept either one), and ten points if you know the writer (I would count the show creator for a TV series). In no particular order:

  1. “No matter where you go…there you are.” [1 point: (The Adventures of) Buckaroo Banzai (across the Eighth Dimension); 3 points: Buckaroo Banzai/Peter Weller; 10 points: Earl Mac Rauch]
  2. “Where does he get those wonderful toys?” [1 point: Batman; 3 points: Jack Nicholson/The Joker; 10 points: Sam Hamm and/or Warren Skaaren]
  3. “I do not mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?” [1 point: The Princess Bride; 3 points: Mandy Patinkin/Inigo Montoya; 10 points: William Goldman]
  4. “Replicants are like any other machines. They’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.” [1 point: Blade Runner; 3 points: Harrison Ford/Rick Deckard; 10 points: Hampton Fancher and/or David Webb Peoples]
  5. “I don’t make monkeys, I just train ’em.” [1 point: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure; 3 points; Pee-wee Herman/Paul Reubens; 10 points: Phil Harman and/or Paul Reubens and/or Michael Varhol]
  6. “I’m not all alone in the dark. I like the dark. I love the dark.” [1 point: The Goonies; 3 points: Chunk/Jeff Cohen; 10 points: Chris Columbus]
  7. “Did you know, Mr. Torrance, that your son is attempting to bring an outside party into this situation? Did you know that?” [1 point: The Shining; 3 points: Delbert Grady/Philip Stone; 10 points: Stanley Kubrick and/or Stephen King and/or Diane Johnson]
  8. “That’s a big Twinkie.” [1 point: Ghostbusters;  3 points: Winston Zeddmore/Ernie Hudson; 10 points: Dan Aykroyd and/or Harold Ramis]
  9. “I’ve had enough practical jokes for one evening. Good night, future boy!” [1 point: Back to the Future; 3 points: Doc Brown/Christopher Lloyd; 10 points: Robert Zemeckis and/or Bob Gale]
  10. “You Americans, you’re all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions.”  [1 point: Raiders of the Lost Ark; 3 points: Toht/Ronald Lacey; 10 points: Lawrence Kasdan (the story was by George Lucas and Philip Kauman…take a total of five points for either or both of those, or a total of ten points if you got Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens]
  11. “If you want to be a party animal, you have to learn to live in the jungle.” [1 point: Weird Science; 3 points: Lisa/Kelly LeBrock; 10 points: John Hughes]
  12. “Try not. Do…or do not. There is no try.” [1 point: The Empire Strikes Back (with or without Star Wars V]; 3 points: Frank Oz/Yoda; 10 points: Lawrence Kasdan and/or Leigh Brackett]
  13. “I ain’t got time to bleed.” [1 point: Predator; 3 points: Jesse Ventura/Blain; 10 points: Jim and John Thomas]
  14. “I’m an alien, from the planet Melmac. I have powers you can only dream of. ” [1 point: ALF; 3 points: ALF/Paul Fusco; 10 points: Paul Fusco and/or Tom Patchett]
  15. “Maybe it was an iguana.” [1 point: E.T. – The Extraterrestrial; 3 points: Michael/Robert McNaughton; 10 points: Melissa Mathison]
  16. “Believe it or not, it’s just me.” [1 point: The Greatest American Hero (theme song); 3 points: Joey Scarbury (singer); 10 points: Mike Post and/or Stephen Geyer]
  17. “A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm.” [1 point; Aliens; 3 points; Alpone/Al Mathews; 10 points: James Cameron]
  18. “Come with me if you want to live.” [1 point: Terminator II: Judgement Day; 3 points: Arnold Schwarzenegger/The Terminator; 10 points: James Cameron and/or William Wisher Jr.]
  19. “These aren’t my rules. Come to think of it,  I don’t have any rules.” [1 point: Beetlejuice; 3 points: Beetlejuice (Betelgeuse)/Michael Keaton; 10 points: Michael McDowell and/or Warren Skaaren]
  20. “So, how do we know who’s human? If I was an imitation, a perfect imitation, how would you know if it was really me?” [1 point: (John Carpenter’s) The Thing; 3 points: Keith David/Childs; 10 points: Bill Lancaster]
  21. “Confronted by their true selves, most men run away screaming!” [1 point: The Neverending Story; 3 points: Engywook/Sydney Bromley; 10 points:  Wolfgang Petersen and/or Herman Weigel]
  22. “Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.” [1 point: The Little Mermaid; 3 points: Sebastien/Samuel E. Wright; 10 points: John Musker and/or Ron Clements]
  23. “…a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.” [1 point: Knight Rider (opening); 3 points: Richard Basehart; 10 points: Glen A.  Larson (creator)
  24. “Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.” [1 point: A Nightmare on Elm Street; 3 points: Nancy Thompson/Heather Langenkamp; 10 points: Wes Craven]
  25. “You’d better get yourself a garlic T-shirt, buddy, or it’s your funeral.” [1 point: The Lost Boys; 3 points: Edgar Frog/Corey Feldman; 10 points: Jan Fischer and/or James Jeremias and/or Jeffrey Boam]
  26. “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick *ss…and I’m all out of bubblegum.” [1 point: They Live; 3 points: Nada/”Rowdy” Roddy Piper; 10 points:  John Carpenter (aka Frank Armitage)]
  27. “Excuse me, I have to  go. Somewhere there is a crime happening.” [1 point: Robocop; 3 points: Robocop/Peter Weller/Alex Murphy; 10 points:  Edward Neumeier and/or Michael Miner]
  28. “You all remember what to do whenever anybody says the secret word, right?” [1 point: Pee-Wee’s Playhouse; 3 points: Pee-Wee Herman/Paul Reubens; 10 points: Paul Reubens]
  29. “May the Schwartz be with you!” [1 point: Spaceballs; 3 points: Yogurt (other characters say it, too) ; 10 points: Mel Brooks  and/or Thomas Meehan and/or Ronny Graham]
  30. “In the end, there can be only one.” [1 point: Highlander; 3 points: Ramirez/Sean Connery (other answers possible); 10 points: Gregory Widen and/or Peter Bellwood and/or Larry Ferguson]
  31. “Two men enter, one man leaves.” 1 point: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome;  3 points: Aunty Entity/Tina Turner and/or Dr. Dealgood/Edwin Hodgeman; 10 points: Terry Hayes and/or George Miller]
  32. “I never drive faster than I can see.” [1 point: Big Trouble in Little China; 3 points: Kurt Russell/Jack Burton; 10 points: W.D. Richter]
  33. “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.” [1 point: Conan the Barbarian; 3 points: Arnold Schwarzenegger/Conan; 10 points: John Milius and/or Oliver Stone]
  34. “They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team!” [1 point: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (theme song); 3 points:  James Mandell aka Mike Doppler; 10 points: Chuck Lorre and/or Dennis Challen Brown]
  35. “If you build it, they will come.” [1 point: Field of Dreams; 3 points: “The Voice” (rumored to be Ed Harris) 10 points: Phil Alden Robinson]
  36. “Need input!” [1 point: Short Circuit; 3 points: Johnny 5/Number 5/Tim Blaney; 10 points: S.S. Wilson and/or Brent Maddock]
  37. “A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts. From Africa’s deepest recesses, to the rarefied peaks of Tibet, heir to his father’s Legacy and the world’s darkest mysteries.” [1 point: Manimal (opening); 3 points: William Conrad; 10 points: Glen A. Larson]
  38. “Won’t that be grand? Computers and the programs will start thinking and the people will stop.” [1 point: Tron; 3 points: Barnard Hughes/Dr. Walter Gibbs; 10 points: Steven Lisberger]
  39. “I want to be shipwrecked and comatose, drinking fresh mango juice.” [1  point: Red Dwarf (theme song); 3 points: Jenna Russell; 10 points: Howard Goodall]
  40. “But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight.” [1 point: Gremlins; 3 points: “Chinese Boy”/John Louie; 10 points: Chris Columbus]
  41. “Don’t have a cow, man!” [1 point: The Simpsons; 3 points: Bart Simpson/Nancy Cartwright; 10 points: James L. Brooks and/or Matt Groening and/or Sam Simon]
  42. “I assure you, Mrs. Buttie, the Ministry is very scrupulous about following up and eradicating any error. If you have any complaints which you’d like to make, I’d be more than happy to send you the appropriate form.” [1 point: Brazil; 3 points: Sam Lowry/Jonathan Pryce ;  10 points: Terry Gilliam and/or Tom Stoppard and/or Chuck McKeown]
  43. “The owls are not what they seem.” [NOTE: this was an error…it actually was not broadcast until 1990, so it does not belong in this list. If you got it right, still give yourself the points. 1 point: Twin Peaks; 3 points: Giant and/or Carel Struycken;  10 points: David Lynch and/or Mark Frost]
  44. “Does this look inanimate to you, punk?” [1 point: Little Shop of Horrors; 3 points: Audrey II/Levi Stubbs; 10 points: Howard Ashman]
  45. “I watched you very carefully…Red light: stop. Green light: go. Yellow light: go very fast.” [1 point: Starman; 3 points: Jeff Bridges/Starman/Scott Hayden; 10 points: Bruce A. Evans and/or Raynold Gideon]
  46. “We’re now a quarter of an inch tall, and sixty-four feet from the house. That’s an equivalent of 3.2 miles. That’s a long way, even for a man of science.” [1 point: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; 3 points:  Wayne Szalinski/Rick Moranis; 10 points: Ed Naha and/or Tom Schulman]
  47. “Shall we play a game?” [1 point: WarGames; Joshua/John Wood; 10 points: Lawrence Lasker and/or Walter F. Parkes]
  48. “Has it occurred to you that it might be unsettling to see you arise from the grave to visit me?” [1 point: An American Werewolf in London; 3 points: David Kessler/David Naughton; 10 points: John Landis]
  49. “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.” [1 point: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; 3 points: Mr. Spock/Leonard Nimoy; Jack B. Soward and/or Nicholas Meyer]
  50. “Sword of omens, give me sight beyond sight!” [1 point: Thundercats; 3 points: Lion-O/Larry Kenney; 10 points: Jules Bass and/or Arthur Rankin, Jr.]
  51. “Just repeat to yourself it’s just a show, I should really just relax” [1 point: Mystery Science Theater 3000 (theme song); 3 points: Joel Hodgson; 10 points: Joel Hodgson]
  52. “This is where the wealthy and the powerful rule. It is her world…a world apart from mine.” [1 point: Beauty and the Beast (opening); 3 points: Ron Perlman/Vincent; 10 points: Ron Koslow]
  53. “What if courage and imagination became everyday mortal qualities?” [1 point: Clash of the Titans; 3 points: Thetis/Maggie Smith; 10 points: Beverly Cross]
  54. “Make it so.” [1 point: Star Trek: The Next Generation; 3 points: Jean-Luc Picard/Patrick Stewart; 10 points: Gene Roddenberry and/or Rick Berman and/or Michael Piller]
  55. “It’s yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility.” [1 point: Real Genius; 3 points: Val Kilmer/Chris Knight; 10 points: Neal Israel and/or Pat Proft]
  56. “She’s fantastic, made of plastic.” [1 point: Small Wonder (theme song); 3 points: unknown 10 points: George Greeley and/or Ed Lojeskie
  57. “It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went a little caca.” [1 point: Quantum Leap; 3 points: Dr. Sam Beckett/Scott Bakula; 10 points: Donald P. Bellisario]
  58. “The Visitors are our friends.” [1 point: V; 3 points: posters; 10 points: Kenneth Johnson]
  59. “From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend…” [1 point: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys; 3 points: Al Chalk; 10 points: Christian Williams]
  60. “Danger lurks behind you, there’s a stranger out to find you…” [1 point: Darkwing Duck (theme song); 3 points: unknown, theme music by Steve Nelson and Thom Sharp; series created by Tad Stones]
  61. “More than meets the eye!” [1 point: Transformers (theme song); 3 points: (unknown); 10 points: theme song by Ford Kinder and Anne Bryant]
  62. “Wowzers!” [1 point: Inspector Gadget; 3 points: Inspector Gadgets/Don Adams; 10 points: Jean Chalopin and/or Andy Heyward and/or Bruno Bianchi]
  63. “Dance your cares away…worry’s for another day.” [1 point: Fraggle Rock (theme song); 3 points: the Fraggles; 10 points: Philip Balsam and/or Dennis Lee]
  64. “Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.” [1 point: Tales from the Darkside; 3 points: Paul Sparer; 10 points: George Romero]
  65. “Truly, truly, truly outrageous!” [1 point: Jem (theme song); 3 points: Britta Phillips; 10 points: Christy Marx]
  66. “We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it’s needed.” [1 point: Voyagers; 3 points: Jon-Erik Hexum; 10 points: James Parriott]
  67. “Insects don’t have politics.” [1 point: The Fly; 3 points: Jeff Goldblum/Seth Brundle; 10 points: Charles Edward Pogue and/or David Cronenberg]
  68. “Call me Snake.” [1 point: Escape from New York; 3 points: Kurt Russell/Snake Plissken; 10 points: John Carpenter and/or Nick Castle]
  69. “My mind is all I have! I’ve spent my whole life trying to fill it!” [1 point: Flash Gordon; 3 points: Topol/Dr. Hans Zarkov; 10 points: Lorenzo Semple Jr.]
  70. “I have the power!” [1 point: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; 3 points: He-Man/Prince Adam/John Erwin; 10 points: Lou Scheimer]
  71. “Every duck has his limit, and you scum have pushed me over the line!” [1 point: Howard the Duck; 3 points: Howard the Duck/Chip Zien; 10 points: Willard Huyck and/or Gloria Katz]
  72. “I don’t want to live forever if you’re not going to be with me.” [1 point: Cocoon; 3 points: Joseph Finlay/Hume Cronyn; 10 points: Tom Benedek]
  73. “You wanna see something really scary?” [1 point: Twilight Zone: The Movie; 3 points: Ambulance Driver/Dan Aykroyd; 10 points: John Landis]
  74. “…television is reality, and reality is less than television” [1 point: Videodrome; 3 points: Brian O’Blivion/Jack Creley ; 10 points: David Cronenberg]
  75. “You are thirty-five years old, Mr. Vale. Why are you such a derelict? Such a piece of human junk?” [1 point: Scanners; 3 points:  Paul Ruth/Patrick McGoohan; 10 points: David Cronenberg]
  76. “God isn’t interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time: forty-three species of parrots!” [1 point: Time Bandits; 3 points: Evil/David Warner; 10 points: Terry Gilliam and/or Michael Palin]
  77. “Credit is a sacred trust, it’s what our free society is founded on.” [1 point: Repo Man; 3 points: Harry Dean Stanton/Bud; 10 points: Alex Cox]
  78. “What in the blue blazes is the circus doing here in these parts?” [1 point: Killer Klowns from Outer Space; 3 points: Farmer Gene Green/Royal Dano; 10 points: Charles Chiodo and/or Stephen Chiodo]
  79. “Meet little Melvin…he’s a ninety pound weakling. Everyone hated Melvin.” [1 point: The Toxic Avenger; 3 points: unknown/narrator ; 10 points: Joe Ritter]
  80. “Hey, I know this guy [Ronald Reagan]. Is this another movie?” [1 point: The Philadelphia Experiment; 3 points: Michael Pare/David Herdeg; 10 points: Michael Janover and/or William Gray]

How many did you know? 🙂

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Why not make your Memorial Day travel a geek time trip?

May 28, 2016

Why not make your Memorial Day travel a geek time trip?

While there are certainly serious observations on Memorial Day weekend, it is also a time when people enjoy entertainment options. It’s a really big weekend in movie theatres (this year, there are Avengers, X-Men, Angry Birds, and Mowgli and friends for you to see, just to name a few), there are TV marathons, sports, family outings…and reading, of course!

It’s also a big weekend for travel…that might be by plane, it might be by car, or foot, or bicycle, or, maybe if you are in the land of Oz, flying Gump (“the thing”). 😉

Well, I want to help you out. 😉

You can visit my

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project

and stream or download public domain materials, legally for free!

When you look at the timeline, look for events with a “>” at the end…those link to somewhere you should be able to get the content at no cost. That’s going to be works that are not under copyright protection. There are “events” listed in TMCGTT which are under copyright…in that case, I’ll link you to somewhere you can still get it, if possible…just not free for everybody. For example, I’ll link to a movie at JustWatch.com, which will search streaming options for you (so you can see if you can watch it on Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, or some other services). For a book, I’ll link to a WorldCat search of public libraries…if they have it in e-book at a library where you are a member, you can likely download it without leaving your couch. 😉 I also link to GoodReads, which in turn links to stores (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo…)

I don’t link directly to a place where you can just buy it…TMCGTT  isn’t about advertising (and I don’t get income directly from anything you do there.

I’ll recommend a few:

  • When I’m flying, I like having Old Time Radio shows on my tablet (Kindle Fire) as an option. I’ll read, but I like to do different things on a long flight. 2000 Plus is an anthology science fiction series with some really odd stories. You’ll find it on March 15, 1950
  • If you want to read a book, let me suggest you go to “H. Beam Piper born” on March 23, 1904. That will link you to ManyBooks, where you can download (or read online) Little Fuzzy. It’s a fun story which I think will still make a great limited TV series
  • For comics, maybe try Atomic War on November 1st, 1952…this is a weekend when we remember the military, and this comic book series posits a war
  • For a movie, The Yesterday Machine on January 1st, 1963, is low budget, tacky…and appears to me to be an inspiration for the beginning of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Want to binge watch a TV series? There isn’t much surviving of Captain Video and His Video Rangers, but they are linked on June 27th, 1949

There are a lot of other options (including pulp science fiction magazines), and I’m adding more. If we get outside public domain, that really opens up the horizons…Stingray Sam, The Guild, The Mighty Boosh…

In the near future, I’ll be opening up the “Timeblazers Program”, where I’ll be looking for other people to volunteer to contribute to TMCGTT. I’m waiting for some things to be in place technically, but I’m excited to see it grow as a resource for fun and information!

Enjoy your weekend!

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80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz

May 24, 2016

80 geeky quotes from the Eighties: a quiz

CNN’s documentary series The Eighties The Eighties is a winding down its run: let’s see how much we’ve learned (or perhaps should have learned…or already knew) about geek-friendly works of that amazing decade! Here are eighty GF quotes. Give yourself one point if you know the movie/show, three points if you know the character/actor (I would accept either one), and ten points if you know the writer (I would count the show creator for a TV series). There will be only one quote from each work (but there might be more than one from the same character). I’ll post the answers later. Good luck and have fun!

In no particular order:

  1. “No matter where you go…there you are.”
  2. “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”
  3. “I do not mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?”
  4. “Replicants are like any other machines. They’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.”
  5. “I don’t make monkeys, I just train ’em.”
  6. “I’m not all alone in the dark. I like the dark. I love the dark.”
  7. “Did you know, Mr. Torrance, that your son is attempting to bring an outside party into this situation? Did you know that?”
  8. “That’s a big Twinkie.”
  9. “I’ve had enough practical jokes for one evening. Good night, future boy!”
  10. “You Americans, you’re all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions.”
  11. “If you want to be a party animal, you have to learn to live in the jungle.”
  12. “Try not. Do…or do not. There is no try.”
  13. “I ain’t got time to bleed.”
  14. “I’m an alien, from the planet Melmac. I have powers you can only dream of. “
  15. “Maybe it was an iguana.”
  16. “Believe it or not, it’s just me.”
  17. “A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm.”
  18. “Come with me if you want to live.”
  19. “These aren’t my rules. Come to think of it,  I don’t have any rules.”
  20. “So, how do we know who’s human? If I was an imitation, a perfect imitation, how would you know if it was really me?”
  21. “Confronted by their true selves, most men run away screaming!”
  22. “Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.”
  23. “…a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.”
  24. “Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.”
  25. “You’d better get yourself a garlic T-shirt, buddy, or it’s your funeral.”
  26. “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick *ss…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
  27. “Excuse me, I have to  go. Somewhere there is a crime happening.”
  28. “You all remember what to do whenever anybody says the secret word, right?”
  29. “May the Schwartz be with you!”
  30. “In the end, there can be only one.”
  31. “Two men enter, one man leaves.”
  32. “I never drive faster than I can see.”
  33. “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.”
  34. “They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team!”
  35. “If you build it, they will come.”
  36. “Need input!”
  37. “A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts. From Africa’s deepest recesses, to the rarefied peaks of Tibet, heir to his father’s Legacy and the world’s darkest mysteries.”
  38. “Won’t that be grand? Computers and the programs will start thinking and the people will stop.”
  39. “I want to be shipwrecked and comatose, drinking fresh mango juice.”
  40. “But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight.”
  41. “Don’t have a cow, man!”
  42. “I assure you, Mrs. Buttie, the Ministry is very scrupulous about following up and eradicating any error. If you have any complaints which you’d like to make, I’d be more than happy to send you the appropriate form.”
  43. “The owls are not what they seem.”
  44. “Does this look inanimate to you, punk?”
  45. “I watched you very carefully…red light: stop. Green light: go. Yellow light: go very fast.”
  46. “We’re now a quarter of an inch tall, and sixty-four feet from the house. That’s a equivalent of 3.2 miles. That’s a long way, even for a man of science.”
  47. “Shall we play a game?”
  48. “Has it occurred to you that it might be unsettling to see you arise from the grave to visit me?”
  49. “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”
  50. “Sword of omens, give me sight beyond sight!”
  51. “Just repeat to yourself it’s just a show, I should really just relax”
  52. “This is where the wealthy and the powerful rule. It is her world…a world apart from mine.”
  53. “What if courage and imagination became everyday mortal qualities?”
  54. “Make it so.”
  55. “It’s yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility.”
  56. “She’s fantastic, made of plastic.”
  57. “It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went a little caca.”
  58. “The Visitors are our friends.”
  59. “From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend…”
  60. “Danger lurks behind you, there’s a stranger out to find you…”
  61. “More than meets the eye!”
  62. “Wowzers!”
  63. “Dance your cares away…worry’s for another day.”
  64. “Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.”
  65. “Truly, truly, truly outrageous!”
  66. “We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it’s needed.”
  67. “Insects don’t have politics.”
  68. “Call me Snake.”
  69. “My mind is all I have! I’ve spent my whole life trying to fill it!”
  70. “I have the power!”
  71. “Every duck has his limit, and you scum have pushed me over the line!”
  72. “I don’t want to live forever if you’re not going to be with me.”
  73. “You wanna see something really scary?”
  74. “…television is reality, and reality is less than television”
  75. “You are thirty-five years old, Mr. Vale. Why are you such a derelict? Such a piece of human junk?”
  76. “God isn’t interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time: forty-three species of parrots!”
  77. “Credit is a sacred trust, it’s what our free society is founded on.”
  78. “What in the blue blazes is the circus doing here in these parts?”
  79. “Meet little Melvin…he’s a ninety pound weakling. Everyone hated Melvin.”
  80. “Hey, I know this guy [Ronald Reagan]. Is this another movie?”

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TMCGTT: A comic book with an anti-profiling message and a female hero…from 1942

May 2, 2016

TMCGTT: A comic book with an anti-profiling message and a female hero…from 1942

There has understandably been a lot of discussion about diversity in comics.

Lately, we’ve seen a rise in female-led stories. Minorities who are the victims of prejudice have been given starring roles…and respect.

Some people assume that this is a modern phenomenon, an evolution.

However, there is precedent.

I was adding an item to

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project

It’s a public domain comic from March 1942…Captain Courageous Comics #6.

Not surprisingly for the period, the title character fights Nazis.

Here’s what it interesting in that story, though…the victims.

The innocent victims are German-Americans.

German American

That’s right…just about at the same time that an order was given for the internment of Japanese-Americans, a comic book wasn’t demonizing German-Americans, but defending them.

An unrelated B-feature in the same issue is “Kay McKay, Air Hostess”. Kay is as tough as any man in the comic book: resourceful, innovative, and an undeniable action hero. She’s not a superhero, and she can’t do everything. Captain Ned flies the plane (a commercial prop plane) on a special mission for the government…but he’s the one who needs rescuing from Nazi spies, and Kay is the one to do it!

Kay McKay

Sure, it’s great to see Agent Carter, Supergirl, Black Widow, and the women in Arrow’s incredibly diverse cast. Almost 75 years ago, though, Kay McKay was already saving the day…

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