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I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.

December 7, 2010 - Meg Alexander
Upon learning last week of the death of Leslie Nielsen, I shared with my co-worker that I had never seen one of the comedic legend's films. Needless to say, he was horrified. He quickly brought in his copy of "Airplane" for me to watch, which I did, with my husband and stepson. (My stepdaughter, like myself in former years, was too cool and preferred to just go to bed rather than watch a comedy her little brother wanted to see.)

I tend to be a little bit of a literature snob, and the same goes for movies. My husband, on the other hand, is a major snob when it comes to the arts. But watching that ridiculous movie, oh my goodness, we laughed like we haven’t laughed in a long time.

Some of my favorites ... that I can post on this blog ...

*Steve McCroskey: Johnny, what can you make out of this?

[Hands him the weather briefing]

Johnny: This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl ...

*Rex Kramer: Do you know what it's like to fall in the mud and get kicked... in the head... with an iron boot? Of course you don't, no one does. It never happens. Sorry, Ted, that's a dumb question... skip that.

*Rumack: [to the passengers] All right, I'm going to level with you all. But what's most important now is that you remain calm. There is no reason to panic.

[Rumack's nose grows an inch long]

Rumack: Now, it is true that one of the crew members is ill... slightly ill.

[Rumack's nose continues to grow longer and longer, à la Pinocchio]

Rumack: But the other two pilots... they're just fine. They're at the controls flying the plane... free to pursue a life of religious fulfillment.


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