This Week in Milford

January 31, 2018

La Junta Is Hanging A Few Banners Themselves


As we from time to time should mention, it seems like it would be a real bad idea to mess with the real life Pete DeWindt. Dude seems like a really cool guy. Honestly, if I were to happen to turn up in Camarillo (FZ reference time? Nah.), I might make an effort to drop by just to say hi.

Meanwhile, I’m thankful for the narration box across panels two and three because, like Gil, I couldn’t bother to remember Mike’s first name either.

Bonus points: Is Marty wearing French cuffs under his Jim Tresselian garb? Is Gil really wearing a solid black tie over a white shirt with no jacket? That’s kinda bad assed in a New Wavey sortof way.

Minus points: Although it is Actual Action, I am not seeing how panel three is in any way related to anything described in that aforementioned narration box.

Metapost: Today’s late post brought to you, in part, by an overachieving FunRun participant.




  1. I got nothing funny to say, so to fill in details :Gil’s shirt is sort of a light seafoam, and Marty’s turquoise sweater could be from the same collection at JC Penney menswear.
    I think Panel 3 is showing Jorge the Leaper skying for the rebound.

    Comment by Aldrich Therabloat® (@Downpuppy) — January 31, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

  2. Do we know if there is a radio broadcast of the girls basketball games? If so, is Marty at the mike there, too?

    Comment by John Jacob — January 31, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

  3. It’s too bad Marty is seated– we can’t see the belted lower part of his 1970 “sweater vest,” which was often worn with French cuffs. “Inability to elevate” fits right in, too– back then people in charge of young people used to say “Stabilize!” when things got rowdy. I agree that the p 2-3 segue is not completely aligned with the narration box (it’s not like totally clear either) but I think Jorge Padilla, the Puerto Rican jumping bean, has shocked the opponent by snagging a high rebound and is about to do something good with it.

    Comment by vaganova — January 31, 2018 @ 2:52 pm

  4. I don’t think girls games are broadcast. Don’t recall Marty doing a game. I’m not a Milford historian though. We have a guy for that.
    I suspect a dunk by our hero Jorge and T for a Puerto Rican hanging on the rim. It’s in the rule books, trust me,

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 31, 2018 @ 7:20 pm

  5. Poor Fil(l)ion. Not only can’t Gil remember his first name, Whigham can’t draw him consistently from one strip to the next and Rubin can’t decide to spell his last name with one or two “l”s. He truly must not be one of Neal’s friends.

    metacomment: Three cheers for the overachieving FunRunner!

    Comment by teenchy — January 31, 2018 @ 8:27 pm

  6. Subtlety in storytelling: De Windt can’t elevate, and Happy Jorge is jumping out of the gym. Methinks we’ve seen the last of the Dutch Dynamo.

    Also subtlety in storytelling: Happy Jorge will thrive due to his sunny outlook while his sourpuss sis will rot on the bench, all because she let a little ol’ natural disaster get into her head.

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 1, 2018 @ 6:44 am

  7. Thanks, teenchy, for the kudos the other day. I’m just glad the comedy went on. But thanks again.

    And vaganova, good observation on Mr. Serling. Wasn’t he class president at his high school? He was very popular all around which I’m sure made Twilight Zone and Night Gallery so successful. I thought it was interesting his battles with the networks who wanted more blood and horror while he leaned more towards psychological terror and irony. Which probably explains why some of his segments on NG could either be terrifying or downright campy.

    P1: “…I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you, I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you…”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 1, 2018 @ 6:44 am

  8. Dewindt can’t elevate because he’s like 40 years old; seems like he’s been on this team forever.

    Comment by franku2016 — February 1, 2018 @ 7:59 am

  9. Thanks, T Drew. I’m not sure if Serling was class president, but he did give the graduation speech, in June of 1943, before becoming a combat paratrooper. By then he had been putting on plays since age five or six, at first in his basement, then later at Binghamton Central HS. He was originally an irrepressible cut-up and poor student, but his English teacher, Helen Foley, persuaded him to buckle down and convert his clowning to performance. That HS auditorium is now the Helen Foley Theater. And yes, he did tangle regularly with the Hollywood brass, often over racism and war, and was considered a “troublemaker.” But his genius as a writer and producer meant he always maintained creative control. You don’t bench Babe Ruth for smoking in the locker room. We’re all very proud he came from our little corner of the forest, and it’s always fun to see local place names on Twilight Zone episodes. Many are connected with Ithaca (“The Cayuga Bus Company,” for example) because he ended up teaching screenwriting at Ithaca College. Serling was a lifelong smoker and died at 51, with a lot of stories left in him, I am sure.

    Comment by vaganova — February 1, 2018 @ 11:29 am

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