Archive for Doonesbury

Elton John in “Doonesbury” [Pop Icon]

Posted in Music, Pop Icons with tags , on July 30, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

December 10, 1979

Mike is hosting a “Fin de decade” party, and to stay consistent with popular places like Studio 54, he has hired a bouncer to weed out the riff-raff.

“Bouncer: Hey Mike! Elton John is outside. Should I let him in ?
Mike: Are you kidding ? He hasn’t had a hit in years! Rough him up!
Bouncer: Right.”

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Karl Malden in “Doonesbury” [Pop Icon]

Posted in Pop Icons with tags , on July 30, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

August 29, 1979

Duke gets captured by Iranian rebels after attempting a parachute drop on behalf of Jim Andrews. While being interrogated, Duke makes reference to the actor:

Armed Iranian solider: A tourist ? With over $200,000 in cash ?
Duke: So I’m not Karl Malden. Sue me.

Karl Malden is an actor of Serbian origins that played roles in such classics as: Little Women (1949), A Streetcar Names Desire (1951), Polyanna (1960), The Sting II (1983), and has made guest appearances on many TV shows, including The West Wing in 2000.

John Denver in “Doonesbury” [Pop Icons]

Posted in Comics, Pop Icons with tags , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

June 22-23, 1979 – John Denver
Jim Andrews to Duke, upon visiting Duke’s mansion:
“Jim: Duke! You’ve got John Denver in your backyard!
Duke: I’d like to explan. See, both the dobermans are at the vet’s…
John Denver (singing): Take me hoome, country road..
Jim: I can’t believe it! John Denver!
Duke: I hate to waste a good silver-tip, but this is an emergency..
John Denver (singing): West Virginiaa..
[BLAM!]
John Denver: Darn it all, Duke! Cut that out!
Jim: What a shot!
Duke (thinking): Oh, hell!
Jim: Clean through the guitar neck!
Duke (thinking): The darn sight must be off!”

Audio Cassettes in “Doonesbury” [Retro Junk]

Posted in Comics, Gadgets with tags , , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

June 14, 1979 – Audio cassette
Sheila to Duane, in reference to practicing her California-speak:
“I’ve been working with cassettes.”

Star Wars in “Doonesbury” [Star Wars]

Posted in Comics, Movies with tags , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

May 20, 1979 – Star Wars
TV to empty room: “It is twelve o’clock, Earth time. May the force be with you.

Studio 54 in Doonesbury [Places geeks never get invited to]

Posted in Comics, Culture with tags , on July 24, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

August 14, 1979 – Studio 54

Mark invites Zonker to the infamous Studio 54 in New York to cheer him up after losing the national tanning championships.

After CBS started marketing the popluar Disco, it was not unusual to spot artists such as Calvin Klein and Andy Warhol hosting parties there. Although it eventually closed its doors in 1986, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas managed to recreate the famous hotspot, featuring state-of-the-art sound, video and lighting, live dancers, wall walkers and chart-topping dance music.

John Travolta in Doonesbury [Pop Icon]

Posted in Comics, Pop Icons with tags , on July 24, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

August 15, 1979

Zonker is getting ready for his outing to Studio 54 with Mark:
“Mark: Serious boogie togs, man! You are definitely ready to roll!
Zonker [dressed in white polyester in front of a mirror]: You think it’s me ?
Mark: Sure. You and six million other John Travolta look-alikes!
Zonker: Who ?
Mark: Who ? Did you just say “Who”, Zonker ?
Zonker [thinking]: Uh-Oh.. Here we go again..”

Despite being a high school drop-out, John Travolta landed roles in Broadway musicals (including the popular Grease!). From there, his career blossomed, but he will always be remembered as the talented disco dancer Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, which became a hit in 1977, one year after Travolta gained fame playing Danny Zuko in the movie Grease!, and two years before Zonker realizes who he is.