September 03, 2003

AH... THE PUBLIC



I so enjoy my interractions with consumers of my work product.

Here's a little ditty someone jotted to us yesterday. (All exclamation points, capitalizations, imcorrect possessives, syntax and asterisks are his.)

PLEASE, HELP US FIND SNUFFY SMITH!!!!!!!!

BARNEY GOOGLE AND SNUFFY ARE MISSED!!!!!!

PLEASE, PUT SNUFFY BACK ON WEEKDAYS****

I AM THE MAYOR OF
[Name of town omitted for discretion] AND I NEED TO READ SNUFFY EVERY MORNING TO BE A GOOD MAYOR. IF I DON'T GET TO READ ABOUT SNUFFY AND LIZAS ADVENTURES I FEAR MY POPULARITY WILL GO DOWN HILL AND THAT WILL BE ALL YA'LLS FAULT. ( HOW ABOUT THAT GOOD OLD SOUTHERN TALK)

WE MISS SNUFFY***********

THANKS


It was at this point that I reported to him that although I was saddened to hear of his loss, we do not in fact carry said cartoon. However, the competition across the bay recently killed that particular comic strip from their lineup. I thanked him for his colorful e-mail and wished him well as mayor of his fine town.

He replied, "Well, it figures. I hate that other paper."

A few things to note here:

No. 1: We have a government official writing to a newspaper about his need of a specific daily comic strip so he can run his small town effectively. Not since Richard Nixon wrote the Washington Post at the height of the Watergate scandal to excoriate them for dropping "Blondie" has a public servant confessed his passion for comics so fervently.

No. 2: Said official fails to criticize the paper that actually dropped the comic a decade or so ago and instead lashes out at the publication that only did so recently. And he apparently doesn't mind paying to read a publication he "hates."

No. 3: Said official is imploring us to help him "find" Snuffy Smith. As if Snuffy went down over the Pacific with Amelia Earhart.

No. 4: One wonders what it was about "Snuffy Smith" that informed his mayoral duties. Was it the oversized and toothless wife? The apparent lack of familiarity Snuffy had with proper English? Perhaps it was the jug of corn whiskey.

Yup. Gotta be the whiskey.

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