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Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society
Club Notice - 06/06/97 -- Vol. 15, No. 49
Table of Contents
MT Chair/Librarian: Mark Leeper MT 3E-433 732-957-5619 firstname.lastname@example.org HO Chair: John Jetzt MT 2E-530 732-957-5087 email@example.com HO Librarian: Nick Sauer HO 4F-427 732-949-7076 firstname.lastname@example.org Distinguished Heinlein Apologist: Rob Mitchell MT 2D-536 732-957-6330 email@example.com Factotum: Evelyn Leeper MT 3E-433 732-957-2070 firstname.lastname@example.org Back issues at http://www.geocities.com/~ecl. All material copyright by author unless otherwise noted.
URL of the week:
The text of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." [-ecl]
This will probably be a meandering discussion. I admit at the beginning that I don't have a lot to write about this week. That means a lot of side comments. The radio has just informed me that Infinity is now the official luxury car of the new Broadway version of JEKYLL AND HYDE. Just why they thought that would interest me, I am not sure. I don't know exactly what that means. I keep hearing things like Valujet is now the official airline of the Olympic games. Or Eggo is the official waffle. The latter strikes me as a darn good reason not to be athletic. But what does it mean to be the official waffle or airline of the Olympics. I am sure neither office goes back to Ancient Greece. Food was a lot more primitive then. Perhaps Eggo waffles would have tasted good then, just as an alternative to whatever they had to eat. They certainly do not taste very good now. What did they eat in Roman times? That would be really interesting, to have a recreation of what a Roman would have thought was a good meal. We can read a little about what the Romans ate, but do we know how to prepare it to the taste of an ancient Roman, say Julius Caesar's favorite dish. Well that is getting a little far afield of my original point.
You know you hear something like JEKYLL AND HYDE has chosen an official car and you start to wonder what they were thinking of. I kind of doubt that cars fit into the Stevenson story. Just as an aside, I have yet to find anybody who knows what the name of the famous Stevenson story is. That may be because nobody has ever accurately titled a film version of the story. No, the story is not entitled "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Look it up. The real title of the story is "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Even Evelyn did not know that. And Evelyn is pretty good about that sort of thing. She understood my joke about Bill Clinton and just about nobody else has. I was in a room full of people the weekend of Chelsea Clinton's birthday when the Clintons went to see Broadway plays. I said that President Bill had said he specifically did not want to go see OUR AMERICAN COUSIN. Evelyn noticed something I missed--that I got a room full of blank stares. What I discovered was that Evelyn had gotten the joke and nobody else had. At the time it seemed a real jaw-dropper to me, but in the interim I have asked quite a large number of people, many of whom I consider erudite, and I have found only two more people who knew the point of my quip. I suppose I will publish the answer next week, but if you know the answer you might send me email and let me know. No prize, but you will have the pride of having known the answer. That puts you into a small elite apparently.
But I again digress. I know that at the time that the story took place there were not a lot of automobiles around. I think of JEKYLL AND HYDE as being about 1886, which would have been only about a decade before Henry Ford did his inventing. I guess making an official car has symbolic meaning. Fancy cars have often been named for things that are scary and dangerous. You know. Jaguars, Barracudas, that sort of thing. Are they saying it is a car that looks good but can turn into a real monster. I am not sure why any car would want to be associated with a horror story. What is the official car of Frankenstein? Just something someone puttered together in their garage? Somehow calling a car "the new Chevy Dracula" would sound like it could be a real gas guzzler. Though I guess it might attract a young crowd since it sounds like it would be good for parking and necking once the sun goes down. An Oldsmobile Mummy may look like and old patch-up junker, but it keeps on going. Maybe it drags one tire. Would you want to drive a Cadillac Godzilla? Probably only if you were into something really big that had fins. Ok, I guess that's enough. [-mrl]
Mark Leeper MT 3E-433 732-957-5619 email@example.com
Quote of the Week:
Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent. -- John Maynard Keynes