Re: [Cz-L] czernowitz-l digest: September 07, 2014

Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:12:13 +0300
To: "Bruce Reisch" <>, "CZERNOWITZ-L" <>

Andy , do you remember the American "MAD" magazine?

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From: Andy Halmay <>
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Date: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:47
To: Czernowitz Genealogy and History <>
Subject: Re: czernowitz-l digest: September 07, 2014

re MAX & MORITZ - I started to develop a screenplay on the story's theme
by having the ghost of Wilhelm Busch tell the story of a German couple who
named their new twins Max & Moritz and then the youngsters grow up to
become rascals as big as their cartoon namesakes.
Research revealed that my imagination wasn't so far removed from the real
world. Many German speaking couples who have had twins have named their
offspring Max und Moritz.

I have their Opa and Oma bring them to America and the old folks speak
"Gerglish," a crazy mix of English mit Deutsch. We introduce Die Oompah
Oafs, a comical Tyroler band, etc. One of the songs they sing is Yankee
Doodle Lausbub:
Ich bin ein Yankee doodle Lausbub
Ein Yankee mit dem Oompah Band
Ein echter Nephew
von mein Onkel Sam
Geborn in this
wonderful Land

Ich hab ein Yankee
Doodle Freulein
Sie ist my Yankee
Doodle joy
Yankee Doodle komt
zu Frankfurt
Nur zu ride ein Esel
Ich bin ein Yankee
Doodle Boy

What surprised me when I started my research was the horrible end of these
little rascals. I doubt that any publisher would dare publish such an
ending in a children's book today. They fell into a mill and came out as
little nuggets and geese then ate up the nuggets. This didn't frighten us
as children. I can't recall my infant reaction. Maybe we thought it was

 I recall an incident when my own children were three and four and we
lived in Queens, New York. We had an artist neighbor who had a stubby,
arthritic little dog he called Boopsie or some such name. He had pulled
up beside a water tap outside an apartment building, tied the dog to his
bumper, then attached a hose to the tap and washed his car. When done, he
forgot about Boopsie tied to the bumper and drove around the building to
find a proper parking spot.

Fortunately he drove slowly and Boopsie wasn't killed but he got some tire
burns on his side and was in shock. The artist rushed the pooch to a vet
and the dog was saved. Now my wife told me this story and just as she
finished our boys came into the room and she indicated that I should not
tell them this story because it might traumatize them. We disagreed on
much of their upbringing. I always felt that children should learn about
the real world instead of being sheltered. A bit later when I was alone
with the older one, aged four, I told him the story.

His eyes widened with a kind of look of horror and he said dramatically,
"It is a good thing that he didn't drive down there..." He pointed to a
spot where the Van Wyck Expressway ran by with heavy traffic to the
airport 24 hours per day. My four year old continued his response to the
story in a voice that would have been applauded by Vincent Price. "If he
had driven down there then there would be no more Poopsie. Just a chain
hanging from the bumper." He dramatically gestured a little chain hanging
from a bumper and it gave me goosebumps.

Andy HalmayVeni Vici Entertainment Inc.,
Toronto, Canada
1-416-925-1271 * Skype: Pronto711
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