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Carl Yastrzemski played for the Boston Red Sox from 1961-1983, and was at the peak of his career between 1967 and 1970, when he was among the most formidable hitters in professional baseball. Like Pynchon, he grew up on Long Island. He was generally admired as a hard-working, unpretentious player.
In addition to contributing the musical score for "The Big Bounce" and other movies, Mike Curb was the leader of The Mike Curb Congregation, a popular music group with a wholesome, all-American image. The group often appeard on the Glen Campbell Show. He was also a record-company executive and, later, a Republican politician who was elected Lieutenant Governor of California in the late '70s.
your hour is at hand
In Matthew 26:45, Jesus wakes up his disciples and warns them that the "hour is at hand" (i.e., Jesus is about to be arrested).
Dagwood and Mr. Dithers, Bugs and Yosemite Sam, Popeye and Bluto
These are all pairs of cartoon characters who are in conflict.
- Dagwood butts heads with his controlling boss Mr. Dithers in the comic strip Blondie.
- Bugs often has to hide from his nemesis Yosemite Sam in the TV cartoon Bugs Bunny.
- Popeye and the brute Bluto fight for the affection of Olive Oyl in the cartoon Popeye.
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