Molarity Classic: 391-395

Author: Michael Molinelli '82

The triviality and experimentation that creates the surface tension of the Notre Dame Bubble? It has a dark side, too.

391. This was the third and final cartoon abstraction which did nothing to improve its reception among the readers. A front page story in The Observer noted that former Beatle Paul McCartney purchased the rights to the Notre Dame Victory March.

392. A list of campus events included a 4:20 p.m. lecture entitled “Nitrogen Metabolism in Elk,” given by Dr. Eric Mould of Saint Mary’s College in the Galvin Auditorium.

393. I am not sure if even my subtle way of dealing with male-female relationships would fly in today’s politically correct world. I certainly used Mitch as a mouthpiece for my more chauvinistic thoughts and it created a nice bit of tension between him and Cheryl. That tension continues in the Molarity Redux, published currently. One could say that I started out as Jim Mole, but now I am all Mitch.

394. This would be the last Mardi Gras featuring gambling as a way to raise money for local charities. The bishop stopped the practice as he did not think this kind of activity befit a Catholic organization.

395. The dialog in this very different cartoon was true life. It struck me that in a relatively short time, the human tragedy that was Biafra and the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-70 — which haunted my childhood — had been forgotten. Forgotten, because there have been so many human tragedies since. After this cartoon was published, one reader asked me — having seen the word Biafran in print for the first time, “What is a Bi-a-fran?”

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