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A few weeks ago, Doug wrote about the fall of citizen journalism sites, whose effectiveness he compared to that of Eugene Tackleberry (of Police Academy fame). Bruce wonders how many readers missed the reference:

"You're going to school NOW, mister!" I'll bet more than 50 percent of your readers didn't even know who Eugene Tackleberry was until they looked it up. Question: Do you have a paper copy of the orginal Police Academy training quiz they handed out at movie theatres? I believe I have an original of it at home.

This brings up a good point: movie history. A lot of the "great movies" in the past 30 to 40 years are very unknown to the 20- to 30-year-old crowd. We gave our foreign co-worker here a list of the top 100 comedies of all time and she had a non-stop laugh riot. But many of our under-30 staff don't relate to famous quotes like the one above. Which makes it all the funnier when they don't get the jokes!

It is also my gut opinion that this line of movies made a star out of Steve Guttenberg who happens to be one of my most favorite actors.
-Bruce

Thoughts? Let us have 'em! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on July 30, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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