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When will the rhetorical questions stop?

Posted on 2008.07.02 at 02:36


beth_green at 2008-07-16 14:31 (UTC) (Link)
I could (and probably should) be doing my online nursing coursework, but instead I'm reading more of your blog.

Along the lines of your later post on people who are surprisingly still alive, one of them is MAD Magazine's Al Jaffee. I suspect that Al Jaffee's 'Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions' feeds into your quest for rhetorical answers. For example, there's this oldie but goodie:

Q: (from a waiter, to a husband and wife) Table for how many?
A: A hundred and twelve -- we like to change seats every few minutes.
A: One -- my wife will sit on my shoulders.
A: I don't know -- I can't count that high, either.

Mr. Jaffee is still alive and working, having celebrated his 87th birthday in March. The New York Times did a nice piece on Al Jaffee back in March. I expect you've seen it, but it's worth another look just to play with the MAD fold-ins from the 60s to the present in interactive form. The fold-ins link is here;

and the link for the Al Jaffee article is here.

Al Jaffee wrote one of my favorite book dedications: "To myself, without whose inspired and tireless efforts this book would not have been possible."

I will close with the latest news, from May 24th of this year:

"MAD Magazine Veteran Al Jaffee has won the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Mr. Jaffee received a statuette designed by and named after the NCS' first president, Rube Goldberg. Past Reuben winners include Mike Luckovich, Pat Brady, Greg Evans, Scott Adams, Sergio Aragones, Garry Trudeau, Gary Larson, Cathy Guisewite, Mike Peters, Jim Davis, Lynn Johnston, Bill Watterson and Charles Schulz. It was the veteran's first Reuben Award nomination, having previously won three NCS Division awards during the 1970s. Jaffee beat out fellow nominees "Speed Bump" creator Dave Coverly and Dan Piraro of "Bizarro" fame."
charlesofcamden at 2008-07-16 17:32 (UTC) (Link)
I had not seen the Al Jaffee article, so thank you very much!
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