March 31, 2014

Never give up, never give up, never give up...



... but eventually, we all will give if not up then out. Goodbye to Eddie Lawrence, The Old Philosopher. He was 95.

9 comments:

RazorSharpSundries said...

Never heard of him before, thanks for sharing. This is why I come to the Althouse site to find out about stuff and people I've never heard of before. Thanks. He sounds like one interesting cat.

Sam L. said...

That's what's troubling me now. bunkie.

J Lee said...

Paramount made a cartoon out of one of Lawrence's early 1960s routines, called "Abner the Baseball". It ended up as a staple of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup on ABC in the 1960s (Eddie also does all the voices in the cartoon, and TV writer Mark Evanier had a nice piece last night on Lawrence doing animated voice work for him in the 1990s).

The Godfather said...

I remember him, and enjoyed his schtick, but it was Churchill who said Never,never, never give up, and that's a philosophy to live by.

Revenant said...

I've never heard of him before either. Interesting.

Lem said...

CNN: “Boeing 777 Will Struggle To Maintain Altitude Once The Fuel Tanks Are Empty”

Never give up, Never give up...

St. George said...

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

-Churchill

"It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today."

-Obama

Jimmy said...

Ann, I love your new 'who is Althouse' picture.

Ann Althouse said...

"but it was Churchill who said Never,never, never give up, and that's a philosophy to live by"

Well, I guess Lawrence's famous comic routine was an mockery of the serioso Churchill dictum.

So I don't get "but it was Churchill."

It was Lawrence who played a counterpoint. Give Lawrence his due. It was funny… even to those who accept the pat statement to never give up…

… which… wasn't that a philosophy the Japanese were living by in the late stages of WWII?

How many people died by that philosophy?