It’s time for a little quiz! Let’s examine this 1938 ad in which Dick’s boss is impressed by a bottle of whiskey and, by association, with its proud owner:
1. Why is Dick “kind of bothered”?
a. Because when he transforms into a cartoon, he ages and gets very strange looking.
b. Because he doesn’t know why he invited the Boss over to his apartment, really.
c. Because when someone says you have a “nice cozy place” it often means “Boy, this joint is so small we’re bumping knees! Why are we doing that, exactly?”
2. What, precisely, is a Crab Orchard?
a. A bunch of crab apple trees in Kentucky, near where bourbon is made.
b. The place in the backyard where you go when you’re in a bad mood and don’t want to yell at everyone else.
c. An outtake from the Yellow Submarine album – but Ringo decided to go with “Octopus’ Garden” in the end.
3. What sort of impact will the Crab Orchard highball have on Dick’s career?
a. The Boss will be so toasted on the train home that he’ll make Dick a Vice President by the time they get to Larchmont (you might want to get it in writing, though, Dick).
b. The Boss will want to move the company offices to Dick’s bachelor pad, where he can sip bourbon all day.
c. No impact, really. The Boss didn’t remember a thing the next day.
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*That title almost – not quite, but almost – could be a late 60s band name, like the Strawberry Alarm Clock or the 1910 Fruitgum Company.