Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'd Like to Thank All the Little People...

Actually, the above picture has nothing to do with the current post. Morris Gest's Little Miracle Town was one of the more peculiar exhibits at the 1939 World's Fair--a town with buildings scaled down for little people, who carried on their daily activities while fairgoers walked around and gawked at them. I just thought I'd throw that in along with the hackneyed phrase that actors are supposed to use in acceptance speeches at award shows, although I'd be shocked if anyone actually did say, "I'd like to thank all the little people who made this possible" at the Oscar ceremony.

This blog has just received its first--and likely only--award, from fellow Marxist Matthew Coniam and his blog, The Marx Brothers Council of Britain, an amazing site with all kinds of arcana relating to the Marx Brothers and their movies.

With great honor comes great responsibility. Matthew gives the award with strings attached. The recipent must:

a) name the person that gave it to them, b) post a photograph of themselves driving a tractor in a pinstripe suit,and c) pass on the award to other deserving sites, letting their authors know that they have been chosen.

OK, I have already named my benefactor. As to the second requirement, all photos of me driving a tractor in a pinstripe suit are out to the cleaners at the moment. I hope that this picture of me as a tot in overalls, riding on a tractor with my father, will suffice.

As to the third condition, I'm thinking about other blogs I may bestow this award upon.

Thanks, Matthew!


  1. You're welcome. Love the picture of your younger self. You haven't changed a bit.

  2. Congratulations.
    Speaking of the little people, there was a scaled down little people's apartment house next to the Catholic school I attended in Hawthorne, California. Word on the street was some of residents had been Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz...

  3. Matthew,
    In the interest of full disclosure, the tot in the original picture is my son. That really is my father driving the tractor. As I considered the most ridiculous way to insert myself into the picture, it seemed that my assuming the identity of the Groucho-child was the best choice.

    I believe that some of the people in Little Miracle Town appeared in "The Wizard of Oz," which was released in 1939.