It's funny how writing a blog post will often trigger an idea for an almost completely unrelated post.
Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about using cliches in your blog. At the very end of the post, I put in about a half dozen snippets as examples of cliches.
Today's post is about one of those snippets.
Back in the day when I was but a lad of the age of my post title, I very rarely read any YA stuff. Oh sure, I wandered through the children's stacks looking for something to read, but for the most part, what I was finding wasn't suitable for me with my above average IQ.
However, I did find one book that struck a chord with me, mainly because it had a bunch of comic strips in it. Now at that age, I absolutely loved comics, so I checked the book out.
Imagine my surprise when I realized that the comics in the book were not really geared towards children, but more towards adults.
I found out much, much later that this particular book was actually misclassified as a children's book instead of an adult book.
The book I checked out and of which still resonates with me some 30 years later was called, "Arnold Roth's Comick Book of Sports".
By the time I'd finished reading this book, I was in stitches. This book was so incredibly funny that I wound up frequently checking it out of the library over the proceeding years.
I highly recommend picking up this book (which is why I linked up to it) because it offers a fantastic look at humor in the 1970's.
When I was a kid, Arnold Roth did the bulk of his drawing for magazines like Sports Illustrated (which I read voraciously) and Playboy (which was not allowed in my household) and his artwork became almost as recognizable as Sergio Aragones (he is also on Facebook too).
I mean you didn't even have to look for his initials on his artwork to realize it was him.
And his sense of humor? If you like the seriously skewered and politically incorrect sports related humor of the 70's, Arnold Roth is definitely for you.
I reiterate, this book has stuck so bad in my memory that to this day, the sentence, "I are ready." brings a smile to my face.
This book, along with others that I read when I was a young teenager, made sure that YA never crossed my line of sight, then or to this day.