"email" and Jack


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Posted ByOld Abe on August 05, 2002 at 21:40:57:

In Reply to: Period Jokes Explained? posted byMichael on May 23, 2002 at 18:08:08:

: On several of my JB tapes, there are several jokes and sometimes even things that don't seem like jokes to me that seem to get laughs from the audience. One joke involves the word Hudson and the punchline along the line of "because you have to step down to get into it." Another is a joke that connects Buick's with holes. There was even one comment that Jack made on one tape where I got the impression something fell from the ceiling and almost hit him because he made reference to "one could get killed around here."

: Can someone clue me in to some of the period jokes whose meanings (and humor) are lost to time?

: Michael

: P.S. I'm sure I misheard, but in one PSA of Jack's he makes reference to sending "email" (which perked my ears up) or something that sounded like email.


I missed most of WWII, playing with my toys,
I suppose - I was born in 1940. So, don't take
this as gospel, but if the reference to "email"
was during the war, it was possibly "v-mail".

Someone with more knowledge may help out here,
but as I recall from my readings, V-mail was
a scheme to reduce the size of letters going
to servicemen. I don't know how it worked
in practice, but at some point your normally
written letter would end up microfilmed, along
with many other letters, and the bulk microfilm
would be sent overseas, where, I assume,
a legible copy would be printed out somehow.

Tours in Benny,

Old Abe


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