Molarity Classic: 211-215

Author: Michael Molinelli '82

The only thing harder to find than a way out of jail is American blue jeans. p(image-center nocap). !/assets/108635/original/7980_211.jpg(Molarity Classic 211)! 211. We continue with the _Midnight Express_ satire. Some jokes don’t need explanations, even 34 years later. In this _Observer_, an article explains how even the Athletic Department is using computers to handle ticket distribution and compiling sports statistics. Mind you this is probably the campus main frame programmed with punch cards. p(image-center nocap). !/assets/108636/original/7980_212.jpg(Molarity Classic 212)! 212. Maybe this one doesn’t need an explanation either, except it was harder for Europeans to get authentic American blue jeans back then. They were a form of currency in certain countries. This being football season, over 25% of the classified ads in this issue of _The Observer_ are about football tickets. p(image-center nocap). !/assets/108637/original/7980_213.jpg(Molarity Classic 213)! 213. Get it? “Subtle and quiet.” “Sneak out.” But the explosion was really big and noisy. Oh well, maybe some jokes don’t deserve to be explained. _The Observer_ cover story notes that Fr. Hesburgh had been appointed the chair of a commission on immigration and refugee policy by President Carter. p(image-center nocap). !/assets/108638/original/7980_214.jpg(Molarity Classic 214)! 214. Yes, Chuck “goes commando,” but that was not pun I intended at the time. Research indicates that this term did not appear in print until 1985, six years after the cartoon. On the cover of _The Observer_ the headline read “Pope (John Paul II) reaffirms traditional women’s roles” p(image-center nocap). !/assets/108639/original/7980_215.jpg(Molarity Classic 215)! 215. Since I drew this cartoon, I have seen plaid sweatpants, so I wonder if that destroys this gag. At this time, _The Observer_ listed some movies appearing at local theaters: _Life of Brian, Apocalypse Now, Rocky II, the Deer Hunter_ and _The Muppet Movie_.
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