[PW] ? Pogo Quote (Quotation Query #765)

S M Colowick colowick at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 09:05:08 PST 2017


I actually have this book and can confirm that the quote does appear
on page 122. No date appears in the drawing.

On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 12:13 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Great find, Fred. I attempted a variety of searches for the quotation
> in NewspaperArchive and Newspapers.com, but I only found additional
> instances of the June 24, 1950 Pogo comic strip in: Syracuse Herald
> Journal, Syracuse, New York; Madison Wisconsin State Journal, Madison,
> Wisconsin; Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi.
>
> The quality of the text created by OCR (optical character recognition)
> for Pogo is terrible. See the example below. (A problem for many comic
> strips.)
>
> A search in Google Books shows a match in the following collection:
>
> Year: 1951
> Book: Pogo
> Author: Walt Kelly
> Quote Page 122
> Database: Google Books Snippet match; data may be inaccurate and
> should be verified with hardcopy
>
> [Begin low quality OCR text]
> ... 4^W ,i UNVE&TI6ATORS?/ BIG OL' TRIAL-, PON'T TAKB UFE > 6O
> 6ERIOUS, SON — IT AIN'T NOHOW PERMANENT. H?Y— FETCH soMe BRANCH WATER/
> I 6ONE BE ALBERTS LAWYER IN THE TRIAL, CHURCHY,- AN'. 122.
> [End low quality OCR text]
>
> The garbled text above reveals enough to indicate that the comic strip
> in the book matches the June 24, 1950 comic strip.
> Garson
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 10:12 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
>> One of the best-known quotations from the comic strip "Pogo" was "Don't take life so serious, son -- it ain't nohow permanent."  I am trying to trace the date of the first "Pogo" installment to include this quote.  When I search Newspapers.com, I come up with an appearance of these words in the Long Beach Independent, June 24, 1950.  Can anyone confirm or disconfirm whether that was the first appearance?
>>
>>
>> Fred Shapiro
>>
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