The Life And Times of Happy Hooligan

This is the saga
of a popular
comic strip
character,
somewhat of
a forgotten
footnote now,
but still referenced
from time to time
by folks in common
parlance who probably
don’t even know of
his existence.

His name was
Happy Hooligan,
and he was the
cartoon creation
of a turn of the
century illustrator
by the name of
Fredrick Burr Opper.

Opper worked for
the ‘New York American’
newspaper , part of the
influential Hearst chain,
and “Happy Hooligan”
became one of the first
popular comic strips
of the King Features
Syndicate.

It ran from
around 1900
until 1932 –

— only being
discontinued when
Opper could no
longer see well
enough to draw.

An interesting aspect
of this strip was that it
was the first regular
use of ‘speech balloons’ –

– which allowed more
clarity in comic strip
dialogs.

It (“Happy Hooligan”)
was also considered a
major influence in
the creation of
Charlie Chaplain’s
“Tramp”
character.

In the comic,
the protagonist,
Happy, was a
luckless hobo,
who, despite
the numerous
setbacks and
challenges
in his life,
always had a smile
and a positive outlook-

– in direct contrast
to his also indigent
siblings :
the snobby
Montmorency,
and the very pessimistic
Gloomy Gus.

And as you’ve
probably noted,
at least two of
these aptronyms
describing personality
types have been
carried over into
today’s vernacular.

Who said
you couldn’t
learn anything
from comics,
right ?

Today’s post
features a couple
of ‘magic’
postcards
and some
Valentines –
from around
1905, 1910
or so….

all featuring
our old friend
Happy Hooligan.

Enjoy !!!

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Blind About Dating

medusaI was talking to a
gym buddy about
his personal life,
and somewhere
along the line
he brought up a
subject that I didn’t
even know they were
still doing……..

Blind dating.

Hmmmm….
very ‘old school’
if you ask me…..war

(aughhh,
I really hate
that expression)

It’s kinda a
strange deal,
doncha think?

Sure, you got all
kinds of digital dating
and sexting these
days, where you
basically know everydate
detail (up and including
nipple size, probably)
about another person
before you show up to
actually consummate
your first face to face
meet and greet.

And if it’s for dinner,
maybe I should use
the word ‘consomme’,
ya know…
soup to nuts.

But agreeing to
date somebody sight
unseen, without anya1
previous contact or
introduction, simply
because the person
in question is an
acquaintance of your
crazy second cousin ….

You just show
up at a placeblinddate
—cold—
without a clue of:
what they
think like,
look like,
smell like,
dress like,
talk like
or even
what they like ….

what you’ll think
of them,
or what they’ll
think of you….

— well,
the more grotesqueblinddate
potentials of that
scene really
creeps me out,
and I mean goose-
bumps-creepy.

I frankly don’t know
why anyone would
do it that way.

Courage
or crazy.

And so when
he said that he’d
recently gone
on one of theseblinddate
things…….

I realized that I didn’t
have a clue about the
ins and outs of the
whole blind dating
phenomena –

and really,
after having asked
a dozen or so
stupid questions,
I still don’t.

I might as well
have been writing
a blog post on the
more complicated
aspects of “Anti
DeSitter-Conformal
Field Theory “.

Exceptin’
that I’m not gonna.

But I did find some
funny cartoons and
stuff, so there’s that.

!!! HOY !!!

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Sunday Morning Music

Yes,
it’s time
to get movin’ !

Today’s
Sunday Morning
Music brings you
a terrific mix of
great jazzy vibes
from some of our
favorite performers !

Turn it up !

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Robert Lamm —
Another Sunday

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Incognito —
Don’t Break Me Down

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George Benson —
Lady Love Me

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Koop —
” Summer Sun

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Michael Franks —
The Lady Wants
To Know

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Maynard Ferguson —
Scheherazade

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Pat Metheny —
5 – 5 – 7

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Jazz Messengers —
One By One

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Incognito —
The Less You Know

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Chuck Mangione —
Chase The Clouds Away”

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Michael Franks —
He No Home

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Al Jarreau —
” We’re In This
Love Together

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Pat Metheny —
Have You Heard

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Streetwize —
Love No Limit

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Incognito —
” Above The Night

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The Sax Pack —
Can’t Help Myself

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Dusty Springfield —
The Windmills of Your Mind

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Chet Baker —
Silver Lining

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Michael Franks —
Your Secret’s
Safe With Me

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Fourplay w/
Michael McDonald–
My Love’s Leavin

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Anita Baker —
” Givin’ You
The Best I’ve Got

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Pat Metheny —
Are You Going With Me

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Koop —
Waltz For Koop

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Sarah Vaughan —
” Misty ” 

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Frank Sinatra —
” Song Of The Sabiá

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Chuck Mangione
w/ Esther Satterfield–
Land Of Make Believe

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Robert Lamm —
” You’re My Sunshine

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!!! HOY !!!
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On My Last Day

On my last day
I will see you
for the
first time
Live my life
in an instant
No regrets
or longing
I have done what
I chose to do
.

Can I express
to you now
What was
unexpressable
before
Can you know
me now
When I was
so unknowable
then

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Dust me off
Lay out my suit
Make me smile
with plasticine
Take me away
Lift the veil
Its old home
week, I hope

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Can I
empathize now
What was
unsympathetic
before
Can you love
me now
When I was so
unlovable
before

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On my last day
I will know you
for the first time
Love my love
in an instant
No hesitation
or pause
It can only
be this way.

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!! HOY !!

Li’l Folks

I’m a Snoopy fan
from way back.

I consider Charles
Schulz not only a
pioneering cartoonist
but a genius at
exemplifying the ins
and outs of human
nature in his
characters.

And some of these
characters seem to
have an interesting
history of their own.

Three years before
the first “Peanuts”
cartoon strip
appeared,
Schulz was drawing
a weekly strip for
the St. Paul Pioneer
newspaper called
” Li’l Folks ”  —

— starting in 1947,
which featured a
few characters
that seem very familiar
indeed.

Schulz’s strip soon
gained popularity,
and in 1948, the
Saturday Evening Post
published 17 pieces
of his work.

This led the artist to
approach the influential
United Feature Syndicate,
which distributed comic
strips to hundreds of
major newspapers…

United Features agreed
to carry a new daily
Schulz comic –

— but since there
was already a national
comic called
Little Folks“,
to avoid confusion ,
the Syndicate
decided to use a
name derived from the
Howdy Doody TV show
that was popular at the
time –
Peanuts ” —
( as in ‘Peanut Gallery’ ).

Schulz didn’t like the
name – he considered
it meaningless and
irrelevant to the
characters- but the
success of the strip was
almost instantaneous.

And while the
kids in “Li’L Folks”
were nameless,
and the kids in
” Peanuts ”
developed
not only names
but distinct personalities
as well; one can see how
the 1947 strip represented
a fertile germination period
for Schulz, and paved the
way for characters like
Charlie Brown
and Snoopy.

I hope you enjoyed
this peek into their
pasts.

If you’d like to see the
whole set of strips from
1948-1950, check out a
book published by the
Schulz estate called
Li’l Beginnings”
by Derrick Bang .

!!!! HOY !!!

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The Ins and Outres

If you know
anything about
this here Muscleheaded
Blog, you know that I love
to mind-meld with my
friends here on WP and
swap (swipe) their ideas.

Of course,
after we’re
done with it around
here, they may not
even recognize their
idea anymore.

So we always
make a point
of crediting
( embarrassing )
them with a little
recognition for what,
before we got a holt
of it, anyway, was a
perfectly sane and
creative idea.

Jules
this one
is all
your fault.

Ahem.

Today, we look at
the many levels of
what makes us
laugh —

– from a secretive and
subtle tee-hee much
favored among the shy
inhibited type –
( inhibitions are like
putting cheez-whiz
on a steak  )

– to a mild titter –
(who could
argue with
a little titter
once in a while )

– and the semi-muffled
guffaw –
( some misunderstandings
might occur, depending
on the source of the
aforesaid muffling )

– through the unabashed
cackle –
( I knew a girl once that
could cackle so loud it
could hard-boil an egg )

– all the way up to the
full belly laugh –
(which isn’t all that
good for your
digestion right after
meals, especially steak
nachos with cheez-whiz. )

Now, while you
might wonder
what all these
cheez-whiz references
have to do with our
subject today ,
and clearly,
none,
other than a memory
of recent nightmarish
visit to Pat’s Steaks
with a distant relative
during a road trip ……

…. why anyone would
do THAT to
an otherwise
(barely) acceptable
“steak-um” with
sauteed onions
and peppers
is beyond me.

Funny?

Well, try to visualize
a very large drunk
person eating a huge
steak sandwich while
dripping bright
orange colored 
artificial cheese
all over his new
official Eagles
football jersey and
you might acquire the
image that I’m stuck
with the rest of my
natural life.

I think that’s the
kind of humor they
call ‘ droll ‘ .

Still, there’s plenty
of other choices for
things to laugh at
if you’re not into
droll trolls drooling…..

I’m a fan of slapstick 
humor,

( A girl I used to know
named Donna used to
do a version of that
whenever she was mad
at me, but it didn’t seem
very funny to me …. )

as long as it
doesn’t involve
permanent damage to
the spinal column
or two months in a
penile splint .

Stuff shouldn’t be
forced to bend in
certain ways, so just
try to keep your
taqaandan practice
to a minimum.

I dunno if you’d call
that reference an
example of ‘jocular’
or ‘side-splitting’
humor……

Lost, yet ?

Ah well….
this blog is a good
example of another
kind of humor —

what my Aunt Sarah
used to call waggish

by which she meant
that nobody else ever
got my jokes, and that
I was simply amusing
myself.

She was so wise,
that lady, that I
wanted to marry her
when I was young…..
but she wouldn’t wear
that purple teddy
I bought her.

Alright —
that, there is called
outré humor….
and refers to jokes
that might shock folks
because they fall outside
normal propriety .

Yes, we really do like
that stuff around here.

Which points as straight
as an arrow to why we
chose the cards we did
to go along with our
little head trip today.

Enjoy.

!!! HOY !!!

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Sunday Morning Music

loosWelcome to our
Sunday Morning
Music post…..

I think you’ll find
a nice, sexy, jazzy
groove to our post
this week in general —

With a couple of
surprises along the way.

Hey,
have a nice trip, man.

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Chet Baker —
It’s Always You

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Vintage Trouble —
Knock Me Out

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Diane Shuur —
” Louisiana Sunday Afternoon ” 

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Van Morrison —
” Days Like This ” accordion

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Jim Croce —
Operator

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Lou Reed —
” This Magic Moment ” 

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Duane Allman —
” Goin’ Down Slow ” 

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Steely Dan —
” Deacon Blues

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David Bowie —
” Lazarus

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Jerry Reed —
” East Bound and Down

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Chickenfoot —
” Highway Star

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Luciana Souza
(w James Taylor)–
” Never Die Young

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Pat Metheny Group —
” To The End Of The World

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Burton Cummings —
” Stand Tall “

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Iron Butterfly —
” Soul Experience ” 

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Johnny Cash —
” God’s Gonna Cut You Down “

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Dee Dee Bridgewater —
” Midnight Sun ” 

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Billy Ocean —
” Stay The Night ” 

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Frank Sinatra
(w/ Antonio Carlos Jobim) —
Jobim Medley

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Kenny Rogers and
The First Edition–
” What Condition
My Condition Was In ” 

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Warren Zevon —
” Send Lawyers,
Guns and Money ( LIVE) ” 

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Al Green —
” Let’s Stay Together567_player

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Jane Monheit —
” So Many Stars ” 

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Rusty Wright Band —
” Lost Souls ” 

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Luciana Souza
with Till Bronner —
” Pra Dizer Adeus ” 

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Stevie Wonder —jazz
” That Girl ” 

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Isley Brothers —
” Living For The
Love Of You ” 

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Curtis Mayfield —
” Pusherman “

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Maynard Ferguson —
” Conquistador ” 

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Dan Granero Band —
” Black Magic Woman “

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Rachelle Ferrell —
” Welcome To My Love ” 

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Chet Baker —
Let’s Get Lost

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