January 23, 2008

Humor in a Jugular Vein

I’m fighting the worst cold I’ve had in years, so instead of trying to muster up the energy to write something creative and new, I’m digging way back in the personal archive to post something that I hadn’t thought about in a long time but which I was reminded of this week: My 1987 letter to MAD Magazine.

Way back in March 1987, MAD published this “Madballs” parody on the back cover of issue #269:

Well, my friend Ethan and I had just been taught the differences between veins and arteries, including the fact that veins appear blue and arteries are red, so we decided to send off a letter to MAD Magazine. It appeared in print a few issues later:

Hopefully I’ll get better soon. Otherwise I’m going to have to dig out my letter to the editor that was printed in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

(Hmm. I wonder what ever happened to Ethan.)


Hopefully you know now that veins aren’t full of blue blood (have you ever bled anything that wasn’t red) and that the actual reason veins look blue is not so straightforward:

get well soon!! :^)

Ethan? He married Uma then had a not-so-successful stint with the I.M.F., last I heard he was mixed up in Scientology, so sad…

How do you kill a circus?

Go for the juggler.

Haha, I remember that issue. It must have been lying around my friend’s room for years, because it’s burned in my brain.

Yikes! Next time I’m sick (knock on wood, knock on wood —where’s the wood in my cubicle?!), I may have to pull out the letter I sent President Nixon saying I was coming to DC and would like to meet with him (to give him a piece of my mind of course). I think I have a response, signed by John Dean.

Get better soon.

Never wrote a letter to MAD, but I once had a date with one Alfrida E. Newman. Even sans a front tooth, she blatantly denied any family connections.

Anyway, David just wanted to say I love the look of your blog and so far the content is very readable (book-marked).

Jeff, why are you reading blogs in your
cubicle? Aren’t those for work?

Cheers (from my cubicle)

I wrote mad magazine a bunch of times but was never published. I did lots of letter writing back in those days. Here’s one to Dr J. He wrote back. The response said, “Stay cool. - Julius Erving.”