From The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
The role of Maynard G Krebbs was played by Bob Denver, who went on to become even more famous as Gilligan.
Some people enjoy junk mail, but to me it’s just junk. Whenever I take it out of the box and drop it straight in the recycle bin, I tell myself that delivering junk mail provides someone with pocket money and exercise, and keeps Australian printers busy. But I do wish they wouldn’t clog up the mail part of the mail box, or push the junk mail that’s already there further in to make space for theirs, because it just falls into the garden in a spot that’s hard to get at.
The mail mail is usually junk too. Mainly it’s just bills, or threat threat letters from Senna Link. Sometimes I just look at the envelope and dump it on my desk for later, it’s all so ho hum.
But what can top the excitement of receiving an unexpected letter or parcel in the mail?
For years, one of my cousins and I were pen pals. She’s a few years older than me, but we’ve always been firm friends, and she still sends me letters – always hand written – occasionally.
More than 50 years ago I was spending some school holidays at my grandmother’s house in Wonthaggi. I can’t remember why I was the only kid there at that time, but as much as I loved my grandmother, sitting around with older people can be a tad boring. One of Z’s letters arrived from
and I read it so many times that to this day I can still remember it was full of her latest riddles: Melbourne
Q. What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming over the hill?
A. Here come the elephants.
Q. What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming over the hill wearing sunglasses?
A. Nothing – he didn’t recognize them.
Q. What’s small and black and tears around a bowl of custard at 60 miles an hour?
A. A prune with an outboard motor.
Q. Why do elephants wear ripple-soled desert boots?
A. To give the ants a 50 / 50 chance.
Ripple-soled desert boots were pretty cool, and so was Z. She desperately wanted to be a beatnik when she was old enough to do her own thing. In the meantime, she just drove her family crazy banging away on a set of bongo drums.