Molarity Classic: 465-469

Author: Michael Molinelli '82

Campus security here. Asking you to, ah, take a bite outta crime.

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465. The “popcorn abuse” series became a running gag popular enough in certain Notre Dame circles. It stemmed from my own addiction to popcorn. Even today, I do a little popping recreationally. OK, more than a little, but I can quit any time I want to.


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466. An Associated Press story in The Observer noted that a dairy surplus held 200 million pounds of government cheese and other products in the limestone tunnels beneath Kansas City. The U.S. government would eventually give away these products through social welfare programs. “Government cheese” became a reference to the welfare state.


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467. Personal ad in The Observer: “From the GUY IN THE FULL-LENGTH ARMY COAT to the GIRL IN THE REDDISH SWEATER that I met Thurs around midnight between Flanner and PW I’d like to see you again!!! Call Ed at 8902 after 11.” Without social media we were in the dark ages.


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468. The University was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Father Nieuwland’s development of neoprene. Records for sale at Boogie Record Store in Mishawaka include The Go-Go’s Beauty and the Beat; Joe Jackson’s Jumpin Jive and The Carpenters’ Made in America.


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469. An Inside Friday column by editor Mary Fran Callahan ’83 reviewed new technology with terms strange to we the readers. The list of technologies included “discs” on which all university records would be stored; a “word processor” on which Jimmy Carter was writing his memoir; and information about the proliferation of VCRs. The article also noted an AT&T and CBS partnership to make news stories electronically available over phone lines, which threatened to put newspapers out of business.


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