Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 00:41:59 -0500
From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU
Subject: rat pack
Here's a passage that's got me puzzled:
New Year's is a time to stand back and take stock (or divest, if you
happened to have bought shares of Caere Corp. in the past six months).
The Rat Pack is another rodent lighter, and luckless taxpayers are
waiting for the gates to open at Yellowstone and the immigration
Could someone please tell me what's a rodent lighter? An upsized version
of those Gokiburi Hoi Hois or something?
A lighter is a large flat-bottomed boat to carry cargo over short distances
or between cargo ships and docks. (American Heritage). Assumedly, there's
also a pun on the year of the rat and the pack of rats in Washington, DC.
"The Rat Pack" was the name given inthe 1960s (or earlier?) to a bunch of
Hollywood playmates that included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior, and
Frank Sinatra. I assume that the "rodent" is Dean Martin, who died this
year. Indeed, Sinatra (age 80) may be the only rat left. (?)