My daughter’s latest obsession is an educational show called “Crashbox”, designed to teach reading and math comprehension to school-age kids.  The child was absolutely aghast when I informed her that, once we have seen all fifty-odd episodes, that there weren’t any more to be had.  Worse still was the news that there wasn’t even the chance that they might make more, as the show had been cancelled several years before she even been BORN.  Her dismayed response led me to recall a similar personal disappointment, the experience of finding seven issues of the original Secret Six comic years ago, and searching for more only to discover that no more issues were ever made.  It’s a terrible sort of disappointment, but it does beg an interesting query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also enjoyed the shock on a pre-teen niece’s face when she discovered a new passion in “Star Trek”, only to discover that I could discuss chapter and verse her new favorite thing, asking:  What’s your favorite bit of pop-culture that predates your birth?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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7 Comments

  1. Kirby
    July 5, 2013 at 11:37 am — Reply

    Honestly, I’d have to write paragraphs on end for stuff that predates my birth. In (very) short: Star Trek, Animal House, a LOT of comics, Dirty Harry, etc.

  2. July 5, 2013 at 11:40 am — Reply

    Well, my favorite things are almost all originally from before I was born. Star Wars (only by around 2 years), Super Sentai, Godzilla, Doctor Who, Green Lantern and Star Trek were all originally from before my time.

    But as a kid, I was similarly distraught when I was informed that The Monkees was not only an older TV series, but it wouldn’t have any more episodes. Fortunately, there was at least a little bit of new material in the form of the 80’s Monkees reunion, and as a young teen I was introduced to the Monkee’s movie “Head”, which at least gave me one last chance to see something of the old Monkees for the first time.

    Similarly, The Addams Family and The Munsters were some of my favorite TV shows growing up, and aside from the first Addams Family remake movie, I haven’t enjoyed any other attempt to remake or continue the series as much as I love the originals (I actually can’t stand most of the others).

  3. July 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Hmm, I’d say quite a bit. Although I feel like I’ve grown out of a lot of it in the past five to ten years when I stopped looking backwards and started finding new things to enjoy.

    The original Star Wars trilogy is probably my favourite from before I was born, also most of the music I listened to in university (I was way too into Led Zeppelin).

    You know how even if you really like pizza, having it every day makes you hate it and get bored?

    • July 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm — Reply

      Should clarify – Stopped looking backwards at particular things. Started looking backwards at other things, like Doctor Who, etc.

  4. July 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm — Reply

    Tossup between Justice Society, Captain Marvel, and Flash Gordon

  5. Oldcomicfan
    July 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm — Reply

    I was born in 1956. There was no such thing as POP culture back then. I would have to say it was Little Orphan Annie comic strips, John Wayne westerns and old Disney comics.

  6. RAM_evilspaceknight
    July 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm — Reply

    King of the rocketmen. Good enough that I’d never sully it’s memory by checking it out in my advanced years.

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