Molarity Classic: 176-180

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Author: Michael Molinelli '82

Trivia question: In what rounds were 1979 grads Bob Golic, Joe Montana and Dave Huffman drafted into the NFL?

Strip 176

176. It may be tough to explain this cartoon to Catholic Confirmees who were never gently slapped. Result of the “Ugly Man on Campus” voting (1 penny equaled 1 vote) posted in The Observer showed the winner to be Dom Yocius with 116,795. An Observer editorial postulated what might happen with the recently passed Title IX putting women’s sports on par with men.

Strip 177

177. On the cover of The Observer, Cesar Chavez of United Farmworkers Union spoke at half-filled Stepan Center. President Carter wanted congress to pass a backup gas rationing plan. And Provost Timothy O’Meara reminded 13 departments that they needed to form Honesty Committees.

Strip 178

178. Okay, so we girl-watched back in the 1970s. I know that behavior is immature and I am sure young men today don’t do anything like it. Even I have matured. Now when I see a pretty young lady my first reaction is, “I wonder what her mom looks like.”

Strip 179

179. The sports page featured an article on the impending NFL draft by out-going Observer editor-in-chief Tony Pace. He speculated that center Dave Huffman would be a first-round pick to the Cowboys. He thought Bob Golic and Joe Montana would go between the second and fourth rounds. Huffman went in the second round to the Vikings – overall 43rd pick. Golic went in the second round to the Patriots – overall the 52nd pick. Montana went in the third round to the 49ers — overall the 82nd pick. (Note: O.J. Simpson was traded to the 49ers for a first round draft pick awarded to Buffalo and played just one season for San Francisco.)

Strip 180

180. This final cartoon from my sophomore year was dedicated to my roommate, senior Bob Massa. Bob was a General Program major and a Rhodes Scholar finalist. After getting his master’s degree at Columbia, Bob started working for The Village Voice in 1982 as a film and theater critic. He started the AIDS newsletter, “The Body Positive,” and went on take charge of the Voice’s coverage on AIDS in 1989. Bob was gay, although that was not something we discussed when we were roommates. Bob died of AIDS on April 9, 1994.


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