Date: Thu, 14 Apr 1994 22:18:48 -0700
From: THOMAS L CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Re: ink pen
On Wed, 13 Apr 1994, Rudy Troike wrote:
Did you ever hear "atomic pen"? On the border in South Texas right
after the war, advertising seemed to link ball-point pens with the ultramodern
technological surge typified by the atomic bomb. In Mexico, they are still
called "plumas atomicas", but I don't know whether the Valley usage was a
leak-over from Mexico, though I doubt it.
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)
Rudy, I'm keeping this gem intact for our resident "atomic" expert, a
woman in poli sci dept who has collected every imaginable song and
gimcrack from "The Atomic Cafe" forward. I gave her my matchbook from
the Mizpah (!) Hotel in Beatty, near the Test Site, which advertised the
local specialty, the Atomic Steak.
tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nevada.edu