I didn’t grow up in the United States, so much of my retro-knowledge, when it comes to popular culture, was acquired retroactively. Re-runs and YouTube contributed greatly to making me relate to the shared memories of Americans, including those from times that preceded my time on this earth.
I’m a fan of This Day in History. Goodness, we now see that Google has made a fetish of it with their daily tributes to such on their logo. So I’m not apologizing, but sounding the drum roll for this. Ready?
On this day, in 1947, YOU BET YOUR LIFE radio program premiered with Groucho Marx.
If you don’t know who he was, it’s not too late. Google and search YouTube, and you can thank me later. But just for today, October the 27th, I will wet your appetite with some awesome quotations, some specifically from that program. These will dispel any notion that popular culture has little value.
“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”
“Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”
“Chicolini here may talk like an idiot and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
“I have nothing but confidence in you, and very little of that.”
“I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER.”
“Before I speak, I have something important to say.”
“I intend to live forever, or die trying.”
Groucho died thirty years later. But his perverse take lives on. These nuggets of not-much contain more insight to the machinations of the human psyche than many philosophy books taught at great universities.