This Week in Milford

October 27, 2014

How About ‘Grease Goshen’? No? ‘Gas Goshen’?

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 4:02 am


Here’s a little look behind the scenes at how Mudlarks come up with those witty signs. The most important part of the process is to reject Betty’s suggestions so that the signs don’t say things like “Goose Goshen”. Betty only participates because of her penmanship. Her ideas for team rallying cries are always stupid. (Who are we kidding? Several of her ideas must have sneaked in.)

What, more banners for homecoming? Better call Betty!

Meanwhile, the meat and potatoes of Gil Thorp: Marty Moon lobs in one of those presumptive interview questions, giving Gil a open look at a slam dunk, sarcastic answer. Assuming a victory? “Wouldn’t you agree you’re overrated?” Really Marty? You’re stacking the deck for Gil. It’s pretty clear that you’re a masochist who needs regular smackdowns from Gil to thrive.



  1. Betty must be a baseball history fan or know someone who is. She’s thinking of Hall of Famer Leon “Goose” Goslin. Maybe she overheard her dad listening to Goslin’s interview on the CD version of “The Glory of Their Times,” or maybe the cassette version is playing in that boombox behind her.

    Gil’s hand on the GIL mug is creeping me out but I love the look on his face. “What should I do first: splash Marty in the face with this hot coffee or shove that Remington shaver down his throat?”

    Comment by teenchy — October 27, 2014 @ 5:08 am

  2. I wonder who the homecoming court will be?????

    Comment by Rowdyman — October 27, 2014 @ 6:52 am

  3. I think “Mr. Jim Beam’s Miracle Patent Mellowing Fluid” is kicking in for Gil. That smirk is halfway between violent action and “Does Marty know he’s trying to interview me with a garage door opener?”

    Comment by FoolyRain — October 27, 2014 @ 7:04 am

  4. Is Rubin just teasing us or actually hatching a Jerry B. Jenkins-esque season? Milford in the playoff hunt but not spectacular, Marty Moon perhaps genuinely trying to cause trouble, Goshen brutally terrible at football… All we’re missing is some puritan moralism.

    Comment by billytheskink — October 27, 2014 @ 7:13 am

  5. Rowdyman posted: I wonder who the homecoming court will be?????

    Yes, I think you’ve nailed the next arc in the fall football saga. Jarrod and True will be finalists for homecoming king, stoking Jarrod’s hatred for the new kid even more. He’s been dreaming of being homecoming king since 3rd grade! The hatred will cause him to intentionally drop True’s passes in the game against Goshen, giving the goosey underdogs the surprise lead. Something happens to get Jarrod back in line, and the Mudlarks mount a last-second drive for the winning touchdown — but time runs out as Jarrod drops a pass in the end zone, unintentionally this time. Boom — Milford loses, and is consigned to a tie for 2nd place in the Valley.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — October 27, 2014 @ 9:15 am

  6. I guess “Grind” beats “Snarks Goshen!” What do you think, Lorene Yarnell?

    Comment by Dood — October 27, 2014 @ 11:13 am

  7. Wow, Dood, there’s a reference for you. Amazing to believe that Shields & Yarnell could ever have had a TV show in the US.

    Comment by teenchy — October 27, 2014 @ 11:19 am

  8. I am all a-twitter over the matter of the homecoming court, when Chief Lind presides over the booking of most of the players and cheerleaders after the bonfire gets out of hand. And I will say that I am shocked– shocked– to see that in the Priss-o-Rama of Milford, those loose girls in the first panel are OPENLY using s-x related terms such as “g—e” and “g—d.” Next they’ll be making jokes about what’s “going down” with the team.

    Comment by vaganova — October 27, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

  9. Yes, it’s easy to believe that Shields and Yarnell had a show, when you realize that Tony Orlando and Dawn had a variety show as well, with Tony playing the self-important Sonny Bono role and the two “Dawn” backup singer ladies sharing the sarcastic Cher persona. But even harder to believe was the comedy variety show hosted by the Starland Vocal Band, one-hit wonder singers of the “ditch out from work and have sex with the woman from accounting” anthem “Afternoon Delight”. Networks were apparently so eager to re-create the variety show successes of Sonny and Cher, the Smothers Brothers, Dean Martin, etc,, they would throw just about any reasonably attractive musical act up there with the same women smart-man boastful and stupid shtick, even though the genre had been exhausted years before. (For the best-ever parody of these types of shows, see Simpsons Episode from Season 8, “Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase”, which featured “The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour” and even had the perfect guest star, Tim Conway,)

    Little known trivia fact to amaze your friends: David Letterman got his big TV break as a comedy performer on the “Starland Vocal Band Show”.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — October 27, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

  10. I’m thinking Troo & Wendy Wiley. What will Wynn Wiley want? Ask Pink Lady & Jeff.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — October 27, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

  11. Marty, the Ron Borges of Milford.

    Boston sports fan may get that reference

    Comment by PRiverside — October 27, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

  12. Moon, I am stunned at your command of unwatchable seventies TV variety shows. I am willing to bet you have a file on everything from “Barnaby Jones” to “The San Pedro Beach Bums,” too. This is Americana, and if e-Bay is any guide, you will eventually make a fortune on it.

    Comment by vaganova — October 27, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

  13. Never heard of Sheilds and Yarnell – grew up with such variety shows as Carol Burnett, the Brady Bunch, Donny and Marie Osmond. Carols was easily the best, and she had Tim Conway on too.

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 27, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

  14. and I never thought of Afternoon Delight as dirty. Thanks for spoilng my future enjoyment of it.

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 27, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

  15. So, here we are reviewing Newton Minow’s “vast wasteland.” In his time, my town got two TV channels and there were perhaps one or two things a week worth watching. Now, more that fifty years later and with hundreds of cable shows available, there are STILL only one or two things a week worth watching. That the monotonal world of Mfnrd strikes us a more compelling says volumes.

    Comment by vaganova — October 27, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

  16. Pink Lady and Jeff? it it even possible to go any lower?

    Don’t forget The Hollywood Palace, The Flip Wilson Show, or Barbara Mandrell And The Mandrell Sisters, either…

    Comment by FoolyRain — October 27, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

  17. Yes, I’m old enough to remember all of those shows. I’m still amazed that Shields & Yarnell had a show because, let’s face it, they were a pair of mimes.

    Comment by teenchy — October 28, 2014 @ 3:53 am

  18. I love the fact that a jedi warrior was listening to the morning announcements. An early Halloween costume?

    Comment by Gil and Mimi's Son — October 29, 2014 @ 10:25 am

  19. Where have you been, Gil and Mimi’s Son? Isn’t your name Jamie or something? Are you still in that camp upstate?

    Comment by nedryerson — October 29, 2014 @ 10:37 am

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