April 29th, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 30 April 2017

We end the month with an altered date accidentally altering the strip's whole message.

(Strip Number 6167, Original Publication Date, 1 May 1988)

Panel 1: We start off with a panel of Elly knitting something.

Panel 2: This is followed by her purling said item.

Panel 3: The strip proper begins when Connie compliments Elly on the pretty sweater and then saying that she was unaware that Elly could knit.

Panel 4: This surprises Elly and has her mention that she learned when she was five.

Panel 5: She then asks if Connie has failed to notice the basket of sewing she keeps in her sewing room.

Panel 6: She then says that she figures that if she keeps at it, she'll have it done by Tuseday,

Panel 7: Connie calls this impressive and asks Elly when she started.

Panel 8: In the original, she says 1976 but since she's trying to modernize the strip, she says 1986.

Summary: This sort of dilutes the original point of the strip. Back in 1988, Elly was slamming Mike and Lizzie by proxy because she hadn't had a moment's peace since they were born. Here, it looks as if Elly has been putting things off since she was five.

Martin Short was a medical student at McMaster University when Lynn Johnston was working there


In this video at about 3:28, Martin Short tells Jimmy Fallon about his medical student experience at McMaster University, the same place where Lynn Johnston worked as a medical illustrator from 1968 - 1972.  I was curious as to whether it was the same time.  Interestingly enough it was (from the Wikipedia):


Short attended Westdale Secondary School and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work in 1971. 

In the video he talks about how he decided to switch majors after 2 years of pre-med, so he would have been walking the medical halls of McMaster at the same time as a young Lynn Johnston.

I know this is obscure, but I got excited to hear Martin Short talk about McMaster University.  If I ever have the opportunity to ask Lynn Johnston a question, I might ask her if she knew Martin Short from her time at McMaster.  I expect her answer will be, "Who?"