Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 07:44:07 -0500


Subject: Re: Funny Names for Newspapers

On Thu, 9 Nov 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote:

The Mad Magazine reference jogged my worthless memory and caused me to

remember a cartoon in Mad Magazine from say 30 years ago in which some

long-winded upper-middle-class types were discussing the relative worth of

various Sunday newspapers. As the conversation wore on, it became obvious

that the people were not discussing the intellectual merits of the

newspapers but the merits of the newspapers as paper for dog elimination.

In his autobiography, Walter Laqueur, the historian, tells of moving to

London and how excited he was anticipating the Sunday newspapers. Well,

he bought his first Sunday papers and was mortified to discover that all

the "news" was about the engagement of Princess Margaret, and that's all

anybody in London seemed to want to talk about; no one seemed to read the

Times and the Guardian. When he complained to a friend, he was told, "Oh,

Walter. The only people in England who read the Times and the Guardian are

African and Indian graduate students."



Joan C. Cook Imagination is

Department of Linguistics more important

Georgetown University than knowledge.

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