Saturday, January 4, 2014

Edgar and Buster Crabbe

     Flash Gordon started as a comic strip character, drawn by Gene Raymond, in the 1930's.  Flash Gordon became a movie serial and Buster Crabbe played Flash Gordon.  Crabbe wore a blond wig.  In the movies, Flash Gordon and his companions, Dale Arden and Dr. Zhukov rocketed off to other planets. Each week's episode ended as a cliff hanger (or as Richie Ashburn used to say, a cliff dweller) and the next week's episode began with a rescue or a miraculous escape, an adventure, and another cliff dweller ending.

     The movies thrilled Edgar and his imagination accompanied the explorers in his day dreams.  Many years later, Edgar finished lunch at John Wanamaker's Crystal Room, and as he left the elevator on the main floor, he found Flash Gordon's rocket ship.  It had landed on the ground floor of Wanamaker's flagship store.  However, Buster Crabbe, no longer wearing his blond wig, had turned into a gray haired middle aged man.  He wore a rubberized under shirt which promised to give the buyers an athletic appearance.

     Flash forward to this morning when a TV infomercial promoted a "new and revolutionary" T-shirt.  It looked just like the one that Edgar remembered from Buster Crabbe and Wanamakers.  And no, we didn't order it.

     The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.