The Morning Line: In Memoriam: The Man Behind the Pringles Can
Forget the punch line. Like a good lead, the real payoff in today's most intriguing Post strip is in the first panel.
Today's "Mother Goose and Grimm" begins with the balloon: "So the guy who designed the Pringles can had his ashes buried in one of these..." -- as Grimmy gawks at a Pringles can.
My, my. 'Riffs is immediately peppered by such self-quizzing questions as: (1) Whoa -- is this true?
(2) How ever did 'Riffs miss this morsel of processed news? and perhaps most important ...
(3) What "flavor" of Pringles did this proud designer choose?
Turns out Mr. Fredric J. Baur died in May, at age 89. The possible punch lines are numerous, but 'Riffs -- like "Mother Goose and Grimm" -- will be respectful in memory of King Pringle. I look forward with hope, though, to the rest of the week. ('Riffs should note, by the way: I once crossed paths with Orville Redenbacher himself -- chunky black specs, suspenders and all. He was dining, of all places, at a McDonald's. Man cannot live on popcorn for every snack, it seems)
Elsewhere 'round the page...
MOST PROMISING STORYLINES: All hail "Sally Forth" this week. The strip has taken the bold stroke of bringing back Aria the "Geek Crush" Officeworker. Will Sally and Aria meet? We can only hope. ... And in "Judge Parker," the Dixie Julep storyline reaches a ballistic climax. Stay tuned...
FAVE GAG: Like a well-tossed high-top, "Brewster Rockit" nails its target today -- so on the money, in fact, it's almost -- almost -- vicariously cathartic. Counting up all official (and officially irked) Friends of the Blog, I think we could empty an entire Imelda Marcos closet by venting a year's frustrations and beaning Mr. 2008 on his ill-fated pate. Bra-vo.
| December 30, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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