Monday, November 4, 2019

Quips and Quotations (Front Page Edition)




















There was, I am sure, neither worldliness nor cunning enough among the lot of us to run a successful candy store. But we had a vantage point, we were not inside the routines of human greed or social pretenses. We were without politeness...We who knew nothing spoke out of a knowledge so overwhelming that I, for one, never recovered from it. Politicians were crooks. The leaders of causes were scoundrels. Morality was a farce full of murder, rapes, and love nests. Swindlers ran the world and the Devil sang everywhere. These discoveries filled me with great joy.

--Ben Hecht, on 1920s journalism

10 comments:

  1. Some great headlines, especially Ball Players Indicted. What??? Who me? Ponzi schemes went on to be common language and it sadly how our country works.

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    1. Andrew, at least Ponzi never ended up in the White House, as he was born on foreign soil. You needed a native (as well as a nativist) for that to happen.

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  2. Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    Songs that made the Hit Parade.
    Guys like us we had it made,
    Those were the days.

    And you knew who you were then,
    Girls were girls and men were men,
    Mister we could use a man
    Like Herbert Hoover again.

    Hi, Kirk!

    The scariest headline is "Sex Plays Are Raided!" As the boys in blue burst through the front entrance, Paul Reubens and I slipped out the back, Jack. This coming weekend the Devil is singing at our local Sheraton.

    I have eye surgery this morning and need to get going. Have a great week, good buddy Kirk!

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    1. Shady, I wish I could remember all those Pee-Wee Herman jokes of a quarter-century ago. I dimly recall one having to do with what happens to the back of your head if you sit in front of...well, maybe it's a good thing I can't remember them.

      I hope your eye surgery goes well.

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  3. Time to bring those plays back.

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  4. YOu don't need fiction with this stuff, do you . Maybe that was the point of them.

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    1. I think fiction sometimes kind of snuck in anyway, Jenny. For instance, the third headline from the top deals with the famous Scopes evolution trial. I'm sure it was a very heated event, but this is the first I heard that Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan ever came close to duking it out.

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  5. Albert Snyder sounded like a real prince. I'm surprised it took her eight times to kill him.

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    1. Mike, I think he was Rasputin's American cousin.

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