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Popeye the Sailor Man Turns 75
AP ^ | 11/13/04 | LARRY McSHANE

Posted on 11/13/2004 1:59:06 PM PST by anniegetyourgun

NEW YORK (AP) -- Put away the cake. Pass the spinach. Popeye celebrates his 75th birthday this year, animated evidence that a steady diet of leafy green vegetables and pipe smoking can guarantee you Hulk Hogan forearms as a septuagenarian.

To honor the veteran sailor man, the Museum of Television and Radio unveiled a retrospective Saturday featuring rarities and collectibles from the cartoon hero's career.

"There are very few characters that are that old and still in the public consciousness," said Barry Monush, curator of the exhibit. "It's quite impressive to stick around that long and stay recognizable."

Recognizable? Who could forget that face, with its jutting jaw and permanently squinting right eye? Or those arms, with the signature anchor tattoos?

The exhibit at the midtown Manhattan museum features five flat-screen televisions running a loop of classic cartoons, with Popeye proudly proclaiming, "I yam what I yam." He's joined, as always, by the usual cast of sidekicks: love interest Olive Oyl, nemesis Bluto, the ever-indigent Wimpy and baby Swee' Pea.

Popeye was launched in 1929, debuting in a minor role in the comic strip "Thimble Theater." The sailor was an immediate hit with readers, and artist E.C. Segar converted him into the star of the strip within two years.

Several of the "Thimble Theater" strips, including one from the Dec. 12, 1931, New York Evening Journal, are on display.

But it was the Max Fleischer short films, 109 in all, that ingrained the spinach-chomping sailor into the national consciousness. The first one debuted in 1933, and Popeye became such an instant icon that spinach consumption in the United States jumped 33 percent during the 1930s.

In the 1950s, the Fleischer cartoons arrived on television and created a whole new generation of Popeye fans. New Popeye cartoons debuted in the 1970s, although that incarnation was more politically correct: He didn't smoke a pipe, and was far less likely to pound Bluto into a pulp.

He was, however, still strong to the finish. And he still ate his spinach - although no one is really quite sure why.

"I've never read anywhere why spinach was chosen," said curator Monush. "Maybe it was something that Segar liked. Or hated. Maybe it was just a big joke."

Segar died in 1938, but that did nothing to slow down the Popeye phenomenon: kids in Denmark knew the character as Skipper Skraek, while Italian children were treated to cartoons with Bracchio Di Ferro (Iron Arm).

The retrospective also features a variety of Popeye memorabilia, from comic books to an original 1933 production cell to the "Official Popeye Pipe," still in its original package with the promise "It toots!"

"Well, Blow Me Down!: 75 Years of Popeye" runs through Jan. 30 at the museum. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children under 14. And no - you cannot pay Tuesday for a tour today


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: happybirthday; man; popeye; sailor

Ack, ack, ack, ack.....

1 posted on 11/13/2004 1:59:07 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
Spinach Cheesecake anyone?
2 posted on 11/13/2004 2:01:04 PM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: anniegetyourgun
The black-and-white Fleischers rule.
3 posted on 11/13/2004 2:01:39 PM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: anniegetyourgun
I never realized he was two-timing Olive.


4 posted on 11/13/2004 2:03:19 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: anniegetyourgun
Happy 75th Popeye!

My favorite cartoon character of all time.

5 posted on 11/13/2004 2:06:29 PM PST by Reagan Man ("America has spoken")
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To: Reagan Man

6 posted on 11/13/2004 2:06:51 PM PST by Reagan Man ("America has spoken")
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To: anniegetyourgun
Annual Popeye Picnic in Segar's home town
7 posted on 11/13/2004 2:07:28 PM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Oh shoot, now they are going to use Popeye in some cheap Viagra commercials..............


8 posted on 11/13/2004 2:08:24 PM PST by standupfortruth
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To: anniegetyourgun

Sadly, since the demise of his film career, Popeye has fallen on hard times. He now lives in a garbage can, eats all the worms, and spits out the germs.


9 posted on 11/13/2004 2:08:59 PM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Larry Lucido
Betty Boop is much hotter than Olive Oil.

By the way, you know why Pop-eye never rusts?
10 posted on 11/13/2004 2:09:02 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Larry Lucido
I never realized he was two-timing Olive.

Hey, whatcha expect? He's a sailor!

11 posted on 11/13/2004 2:10:04 PM PST by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: anniegetyourgun
Popeye characters inspired by hometown folks
12 posted on 11/13/2004 2:10:18 PM PST by Reagan Man ("America has spoken")
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To: AD from SpringBay

Olive oil makes good lubricant?


13 posted on 11/13/2004 2:10:41 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: anniegetyourgun

Must have been popular in England, too. Thousands of WW II RAF Wellington bombers were known to the crews as "Wimpys".


14 posted on 11/13/2004 2:11:59 PM PST by 19th LA Inf
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To: anniegetyourgun

BTTT


15 posted on 11/13/2004 2:13:13 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: anniegetyourgun
"Well, Blow Me Down!....Admission is $10 for adults

NOW THATS A BARGAIN.....On so many levels.

16 posted on 11/13/2004 2:14:43 PM PST by Bommer (Thanks to one and all for appreciating my movies. I'll be back!)
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To: yankeedame
Speaking of which, what's your favorite Popeye cartoon?

Mine was "It's the Natural Thing to do". Where Oliver tried to teach Bluto and Popeye some manners, b/c a cartoon viewer complained they too crude. ('Course at the end all THREE of them ended up in a brawl!)

17 posted on 11/13/2004 2:14:47 PM PST by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: anniegetyourgun
Penny for a gumball Popeye. Thanks for the gumball!

18 posted on 11/13/2004 2:15:27 PM PST by Brainhose (THINK OF THE KITTENS!)
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To: betty boop

ping


19 posted on 11/13/2004 2:15:30 PM PST by js1138 (D*mn, I Missed!)
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To: anniegetyourgun

I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.


20 posted on 11/13/2004 2:21:23 PM PST by Founding Father
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To: Larry Lucido

Well, yeah.......


21 posted on 11/13/2004 2:25:06 PM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: mrs. a

lol


22 posted on 11/13/2004 2:27:17 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: Reagan Man

Ak! ka! ka! ka! ka! ka!


23 posted on 11/13/2004 2:28:37 PM PST by TFine80 (Patton's Son: "There's no soap ever been invented that can wash that blood off his hands.")
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To: anniegetyourgun
Popeye the Sailor Man Turns 75

wow! He don't look a day over 73

24 posted on 11/13/2004 2:29:16 PM PST by Oztrich Boy ("The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force". - Voltaire)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Why did they change Bluto's name to Brutus?


25 posted on 11/13/2004 2:31:13 PM PST by yarddog
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To: AD from SpringBay

Oh yeh!

26 posted on 11/13/2004 2:37:05 PM PST by LuigiBasco (It's LONG past time to restart The Crusades.)
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To: LuigiBasco

Ooops. That was meant for Larry Lucido


27 posted on 11/13/2004 2:38:29 PM PST by LuigiBasco (It's LONG past time to restart The Crusades.)
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To: anniegetyourgun
He was called Popeye because he was missing an eye, for Chr***'s sake!

:-(

;-)

28 posted on 11/13/2004 2:41:35 PM PST by IStillBelieve (G.W. Bush '04: Biggest popular-vote victory in history, and first popular-vote majority in 16 years!)
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To: anniegetyourgun

The reason Popeye lived so long is because he ate olive oil.


29 posted on 11/13/2004 2:44:37 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: anniegetyourgun
At least Popeye lived long enough to see himself vindicated...
30 posted on 11/13/2004 2:55:01 PM PST by mikrofon (Strong to the finish)
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To: anniegetyourgun
That was my grandfather's favorite.

I still a little misty eyed, thinking about him singin' Popeye and immitating him. (/sniff, sniff)

31 posted on 11/13/2004 3:47:18 PM PST by Maigrey (Your job is to arrest the killers but if you kill them, then so be it. - Minister Allawi)
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To: anniegetyourgun

"I'm Popeye the Sailor man. I'm Popeye the Sailor man. I eat up the worms and spit out the germs. I'm Popeye the Sailor man. Toot, Toot!"


32 posted on 11/13/2004 4:14:53 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: anniegetyourgun

I hope I look as good when I'm 75.


33 posted on 11/13/2004 4:18:21 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Hey Arlen, I've got your "arithmetic mandate" right here!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Olive Oyl was a fickle, two-timing slut. She would take up with Bluto whenever Popeye wasn't around to stop them. Nobody knows who fathered Sweepee, just that it wasn't Popeye or Bluto. Rumor is the tyke resembles Wimpy.


34 posted on 11/13/2004 4:25:35 PM PST by Abcdefg
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To: anniegetyourgun

Thanks for the memories. I grew up watching Popeye on Tom Hatten's show in the '50's. Kids would send in a "squiggle"
line and Tom would draw a face or other things from it.

Thanks Tom and Happy Boitday Popeye.


35 posted on 11/13/2004 4:43:20 PM PST by wizr
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To: LuigiBasco

You apparently have to log on to see your image.


36 posted on 11/13/2004 4:43:33 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: annyokie

:-)


37 posted on 11/13/2004 4:44:07 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: yankeedame

I love all the black & whites but I'm really fond of the one where at the end Popeye slugs the Indian chief and he turns into Ghandi.


38 posted on 11/13/2004 4:59:26 PM PST by zook
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To: All

Man, I can tell it's the weekend. I go away for a few hours and come back to find this thread has gone the way of very naughty......


39 posted on 11/13/2004 5:12:47 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Larry Lucido
Ooops once more. I used a password protected site. How's this one?


40 posted on 11/13/2004 5:24:29 PM PST by LuigiBasco (It's LONG past time to restart The Crusades.)
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To: lilylangtree
I'm strong to da finnish cause I eats me spinnish...


41 posted on 11/13/2004 6:12:28 PM PST by cloud8
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To: Reagan Man
Toot Toot!!


42 posted on 11/13/2004 6:18:10 PM PST by cloud8
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To: mrs. a

Dang, I heard he lived in a fryin' pan, turned on the gas, burned off his @$$.


43 posted on 11/13/2004 6:25:12 PM PST by dk88 (Most votes ever!!!)
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To: dk88

Actually, he turned on the heater and burned off his...


44 posted on 11/14/2004 6:22:59 PM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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