What I’m Reading Right Now

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MAD MAGAZINE! Not only did I get to see all my friends from Chicago and L.A. (who I don’t really get to see) but I also got to see T.P. Tom Pritchard. Tom used to be Justin’s roommate in college, he used to take tickets at the Heartland and took a few falls on a bike in our short film Biegfried & Broy. Tom went off to Iraq, now lives in Texas.
We all sat down with Tommy for dinner, he had just cleaned a bunch of miscellaneous memorabilia out of his parents house and asked is any of us wanted his old Mad Magazines. “What year!?” I excitedly shot back as I was OBSESSED with Mad in ’81-’85 and the first issue I ever got is pictured above (click to enlarge).

Now before we go to Tommy’s car to get our Mad Magazines, let me tell you that not less than two weeks before this came up I came across this site which collects all Mad covers. I immediately went to the Sept. 81 issue, there it was, the one that started it all. As I scrolled through issue after issue of the next four years, tons of memories came back. Not only all the Reagan and Arcade jokes, but reading a certain issue at Camp Kern, or another issue I remember reading in Florida, etc. etc. But I was surprised at all the issues I didn’t have. I remember drooling over the Sporting News while looking feverishly for each months new Mad Magazine, I remember B-Line after B-Line for magazine racks in during the Empire Strikes Back years of my youth.

So how the hell did I miss the Raiders issue? It’s my favorite movie of all time??! As I looked at the site I wondered what other articles and bits were inside the issues I’d never seen.

You know how this ends, two weeks later I walk to Tommy’s car and there there are, all the one’s I had wondered about including the Raiders issue. It’s weird how that works, and if it’s not weird, then there’s a lot more going on in the universe than we can figure out.

mad225id.jpg

MAD MAGAZINE! Not only did I get to see all my friends from Chicago and L.A. (who I don’t really get to see) but I also got to see T.P. Tom Pritchard. Tom used to be Justin’s roommate in college, he used to take tickets at the Heartland and took a few falls on a bike in our short film Biegfried & Broy. Tom went off to Iraq, now lives in Texas.
We all sat down with Tommy for dinner, he had just cleaned a bunch of miscellaneous memorabilia out of his parents house and asked is any of us wanted his old Mad Magazines. “What year!?” I excitedly shot back as I was OBSESSED with Mad in ’81-’85 and the first issue I ever got is pictured above (click to enlarge).

Now before we go to Tommy’s car to get our Mad Magazines, let me tell you that not less than two weeks before this came up I came across this site which collects all Mad covers. I immediately went to the Sept. 81 issue, there it was, the one that started it all. As I scrolled through issue after issue of the next four years, tons of memories came back. Not only all the Reagan and Arcade jokes, but reading a certain issue at Camp Kern, or another issue I remember reading in Florida, etc. etc. But I was surprised at all the issues I didn’t have. I remember drooling over the Sporting News while looking feverishly for each months new Mad Magazine, I remember B-Line after B-Line for magazine racks in during the Empire Strikes Back years of my youth.

So how the hell did I miss the Raiders issue? It’s my favorite movie of all time??! As I looked at the site I wondered what other articles and bits were inside the issues I’d never seen.

You know how this ends, two weeks later I walk to Tommy’s car and there there are, all the one’s I had wondered about including the Raiders issue. It’s weird how that works, and if it’s not weird, then there’s a lot more going on in the universe than we can figure out.

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