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    Re: Age: is it relevant?
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2005 Apr 8, 21:06 -0700

    Frank R wrote:
    > 1) A question of common culture. There are other lists that I follow,  which
    > I judge to have a significantly younger age distribution, where I might  make
    > a reference to an American adult cartoon called "Family Guy" and people  might
    > find it amusing. It's exported to many countries so that aspect of common
    > culture is not in doubt, but it makes a great many pop culture references that
    > are generation-specific. If ya don't get the jokes, ya don't watch the show
    > --of  course and nothing wrong with that. There's an episode that makes one of
    > the  funniest latitude & longitude references I've ever seen in pop culture but
    > I  haven't brought it up on this list for that very reason: it is not part of
    > our  common culture given the age distribution of the list (I could be wrong!
    > anyone  know the lat/lon bit I'm talking about?)
    Frank (and list):
    One way we keep young is through our children.   I've become a big
    Family Guy fan because my teen-age daughter started watching it.
    Although I now live in the San Francisco Bay area, I spent a lot of
    years sailing on Narragansett Bay.  Family Guy is set in the mythical
    town of Quahog, Rhode Island.  The local references are incredible to
    anyone who keeps up with RI -- for example, the middle son goes to the
    Buddy Cianci Memorial Junior High School.
    Buddy Cianci is (was?) the larger-than-life four-time mayor of
    Providence, now under US indictment for bribery, embezzlement, and host
    of other crimes.  My favorite real-life Buddy Cianci story is that
    shortly after being elected, Buddy, who was separated from his wife, saw
    her in a Providence restaurant having dinner with another male.  Not
    bothering to check that it was just a business meeting with the
    gentlemen, he stormed in the restaurant and beat the guy to within an
    inch of his life.  His excuse, when arrested for assault and battery the
    next day?  "Hey, I'm of Italian heritage and we Italians are passionate
    I've probably seen every Family Guy episode twice and don't remember a
    L/Lo joke.   Elucidate!!!
    Lu Abel

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