Learning from Sgt Joe Friday, Homer Simpson, and Mr Ed

Learning from Sgt Joe Friday, Homer Simpson, and Mr Ed

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200px-Mister_Ed I grew up on TV from the fifties and sixties, and let's give TV more credit than usual.

As a nerd, I wasn't so much influenced by Mr Spock as my nerdliness was reinforced. However, a few characters helped, and continue to shape my character.

I watched reruns of a very old show, the original Dragnet, hearing Sgt Joe Friday: "Just the facts, ma'am" though I normally remind people that "brevity's the soul of wit." While I learned the latter phrasing in high school, the Dragnet version is what lives in my gut.

Of course, there's the influence of Homer J Simpson, who's a survivor, and has done remarkably well considering his limitations. I'm happy with that, with only the reservation that I'm feeling a bit like Grandpa Simpson these days.

Finally, I don't want to understate the influence of Mr Ed, the talking horse, as we see in the show lyrics:

People yakkity yak a streak and waste your
time of day
But Mister Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.

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3 Comments

Aaron

I did not know about the Mister Ed's lyrics but it totally makes sense. I agree with you, we should avoid filling the space with useless things…there are already so many useless things and we should do our best to contribute and bring interesting stuff on the surface.

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