This getting old thing is really weird. You can’t remember stuff you should remember, and you remember stuff that comes out of nowhere.
Mrs. C and I love the TV series “Breaking Bad.” We have the complete DVD set of the series and between the DVD’s and TV re-runs we have probably seen every episode at least four times. In this show, the main character is a chemistry teacher turned Crystal Meth dealer named Walter White. His code name on the street is Heisenberg.
The other night while watching “Jeopardy” one question was “The character called Heisenberg.”
I yelled out my usual incomplete answer because of a mental block, “Who was that bald guy chemist who cooked Meth…he was played by Bryan Cranston…DAMN!!”
Mrs. C of course stepped in to the rescue, “Who was Walter White! Jeeze, you’ve only seen 200 episodes of that show.”
So there is no explaining why I could not come up with that name, there is also no explanation for what happened just a few days later.
Mrs. C was watching “The Miracle Worker” a famous movie from 1962. I walked in during the last 20 minutes, just in time to see Patty Duke in the water pump scene yell out “Wa…Waer…Water!”
I immediately said “Cosmo Iacavazzi!”
“I saw this movie when it first came out. A whole bunch of us from the football team went on a Friday night. The next day the coach took the team to a football game at Princeton. It had to be before our season started because we played all our games on Saturday. Anyway, in the bus, all the way to the game we were all making fun of poor Helen Keller and the ‘Wa…Waer…Water’ scene…(yes, we were special.) The star of that football game was a tailback on the Princeton team that was the last college team to play a single wing offence, Cosmo Iacavazzi!”
“You couldn’t remember ‘Walter White’ from a show you’ve seen hundreds of times in the last few years, but you see one scene from a movie you have not scene for 55 years, and you remember Cosmo Iacavazzi?”
“Hey, he had a Hell of a game!”