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@UUSERV.CC.UTAH.EDU (Jay Deuel) writes:
>I tend to notice the ending because my
>nephews all want to be the one to turn off the TV after the Simpsons...
Wait-a-sec... Kids who want to turn *off* the television set?
And they call themselves Americans?
ObSimpsons: According to Roger Reini's Compu$erve capsules, in ``Homer's
Night Out'', the name of the lounge singer was ``Gulliver Dark'',
voiced by Sam McMurray.
I'm not sure how much to trust his capsules; Roger includes the
now-legendary "Hamsters cannot fly" blackboard quote.
Perhaps I should take this opportunity to explain the history of that
notorious quote. When "Saturdays of Thunder" first aired, the intro
sequence was cut to make room for a Michael Jackson video. But I figured
that our Canadian cousins with their oddball football rules would've
gotten a full title sequence. So as a placeholder, I invented the
hamster quote. The image I had in mind was Bart and Milhouse leaning
out the second-story window, Milhouse holding the class's pet hamster.
Bart has been telling Milhouse that hamsters can indeed fly and
tells him to drop the hamster out the window. Milhouse still isn't
convinced, but he gives in to Bart's cajolery and lets the hamster fall.
Obvious hilarity ensues.
When neither Dave Hall nor Alan Rosenthal came through with the goods,
I had to post the capsule as it stood, and I forgot to take out the
placeholder. And the rest, as they say, is history.
I'm still waiting for Bart to write "I will not leave the room without
permission" as his blackboard quote. (A return to the spirit of "I will
not waste chalk", which I still consider to be the best blackboard quote
Raymond ``The joke's on him. I'll be dead by then!''[7f11] Chen