Looking through my archives, I find that this week is the 49th anniversary of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. (I may be wrong about the date, but the topic is compelling.)Some of you may remember the series as Rocky and His Friends or the Bullwinkle Show. I remember watching the various segments of the show, which included a time-traveling dog and his boy – Peabody’s Improbable History. What an amazingly advanced concept – accepted easily because it was a cartoon. Do you remember the Fractured Fairy Tales? They were weird revisions of fairy tales as we used to know them. Lots of kids were introduced to Aesop’s fables via the Aesop & Son segment. And Dudley Do-Right seems to have built a life of his own.
I remember enjoying the series, the stories and the puns with unabashed delight. Until one day, I was walking in the park when I was about 13 years old, with my much more advanced and cynical friend Nachman. He explained to me that a great deal of the show was political commentary, political satire and had all kinds of adult overtones that I’d never realized. I must tell you, at 13 years old, that really bummed me out. Totally shattered my illusions. That’s like telling a kid the Tooth Fairy doesn’t exist. It changed the way I viewed the show. Though, when/if ever I see it now, I enjoy it even more.
He probably got the information directly from Jay Ward or Bill Scott. They had offices on Sunset Blvd, with a big statue of Bullwinkle right out front. We used to pass it on our walks in the area. And I am sure that he was a regular visitor in their offices.
In fact, that precocious brat was the first art critic for the Los Angeles Free Press in the 1960s. He was, perhaps, 15 or 16 years old. But he certainly did know art. We used to spend Saturday afternoons at the Los Angeles County Art Museum. He would tell me about the artists and their work. He’s the one who first showed me Op art and Pop art. In fact, much of what he taught me back when I was 13 or 14 years old surfaces whenever I see any kind of artwork. Being awkward teenagers, he never did learn just how much that time with him meant to me. (Today, he’s a rabbi and teacher, with a gaggle of children.)
Hmmmm…do you think it’s today’s Money Funny that’s making me so nostalgic? Today Money Funny takes you back to a nicer, kinder time…that seemed to last about 5 minutes in history.
Our Job Advice of the Week teaches you how to handle an interview when your previous earnings were very low.
In today’s IRS News there’s information on how to get a small business loan. The SBA has provided a new tool to help you find money.
Incidentally, here’s a link to IRS’s disaster site – for the more updates. Puerto Rico and Indiana disasters have been added to the list. (This year’s Southern California wildfires didn’t make it to the list. Hey, is Arnie losing his pull with President Bush? He couldn’t get a loan, either! Uh oh!)
In TaxQuips this week, we started out with a lesson on the passive loss limitations, we learned about a variety of New Jersey ‘exit taxes’ (did we debunk any myths?), and ended the week learning more about the earned income tax credit – and how to get the Stimulus Rebate next year if you haven’t gotten it yet.
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