On Anniversaries

Today is my third bloggiversary, which I’m observing during breaks in Gradeapalooza and a multi-day process of interviewing candidates for department chair (and the candidates are welcome to it. I’ve had people ask me if I wanted that gig, and my answer is “Not in the least.” I love what I do — why mess with it?) Despite my recent slackery, I’m pleased with the last three years, and suspect I’ll keep doing this for quite some time to come.

But today marks another anniversary as well. On 30 April 1938, Warner Brothers released the cartoon short “Porky’s Hare Hunt,” which featured what appears to be an early incarnation of one of my heroes, even, dare I say, one of my role models — Bugs Bunny. Although Bugs’s first “official” appearance wouldn’t happen for another couple of years, one can argue that this is the wascally wabbit’s 75th birthday.

And in fact, the hair-raising hare has helped me out in the past. Late in my high school years, I was interviewing for some scholarship or another, and I was asked to name a fictional character I would like to be. I named Bugs Bunny, to a number of raised eyebrows on the committee. Asked to explain my choice, I said, “Well, he’s content to do his own thing without being bothered. If he is bothered, he almost always wins — but he does it with cleverness, rather than brutality.” More raised eyebrows… but I got the scholarship.

I must admit, however, that I’m not overfond of carrots — and neither was Mel Blanc, who spat them out during the voiceover sessions. So happy birthday to Bugs Bunny, and happy bloggiversary to “Professor Mondo”, and with luck, both will have a lot of good left to share in the years to come.

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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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2 Responses to On Anniversaries

  1. Robbo says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! Re Bugs, for some reason, one of my favorite lines is from that one in which he and Elmer (in the midst of a traditional hunting chase) adapt multiple personalities dependent on a variety of hats falling out of the sky. Bugs gets a sergeant’s helmet and proceeds to dress down Elmer (as near as I can remember): “Awright, dog-face! How is it that every other Private in This Man’s Army has got a RIFLE, and YOU’VE got a GUN?”

    I’ve always appreciated the technical knowledge (i.e., of the difference between a hunting shotgun and a military rifle) of that throwaway bit.

  2. Jeff says:

    Happy blogiversary!

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