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Matt Weinstock, Oct. 13, 1959

October 13, 2009 |  4:00 pm

 Oct. 13, 1959, Peanuts
Linus seems to have rather adult emotions about his teacher in this panel -- not appearing in the legacy version of "Peanuts."

No Shoes but New Wheels

Matt Weinstock     The report that a mother was keeping her children out of school because they had no shoes or adequate clothing came into a child welfare and attendance office and Monty Minock, a worker, was assigned to investigate.

    A home call revealed the family's distress was largely due to the parent's seeming inability to resist a sale pitch.  As a result, debts had overwhelmed them.  Furthermore, the father had difficulty keeping a job, because creditors moved in and garnished his wages.

    He was working again, the wife said, but it would be several days before he received his first paycheck.  That was the reason things were rough and the children had been kept out of school.
Had she applied for interim assistance from the private agencies, Minock asked.  Yes, she replied, but they wouldn't help because the family had a 1959 Chevrolet.  The agencies naturally consider a car an asset from which money can be realized. 

    "You mean you have  a 1959 Chevrolet?" Minock asked.  "Yes," she replied, then added defensively, "but it's not an impala."


    IN THE EVENT you hadn't heard, we've got an embarrassing dilemma on our hands.  

    As September approached, the APCD people went into their annual cringe, anticipating the regular deluge of indignant protests about smog.  September, you know, has always been the worst month for watering eyes and reluctant breathing.

    Well, it came and it went and unaccountably there was hardly any smog.  One theory is that the weather may be changing.  I think the two-pack-a-day smokers who quit because of the sales tax increase should get the credit.  And if we can do something about elevator cigar smokers we've got it made.


They gave away the
They gave away the dough,
The contestants caught
the spirit
And gave away the show.


    IN THE noon rush at an expensive West Side restaurant, a booth with three men was somehow ignored.  Persons who came in later were served before the three men's orders were taken. 

    At length they got up and started to leave.  The maitre d' came over, apologized for what he said was a waiters' mix-up and urged them to remain.
   "No, thanks,"  the host said coldly and resolutely, "I have a strict rule.  I let people snub me only once, I won't be back."

    Hooray for him.


    IT IS APPARENT that again this semester the football broadcasters are going to cling to a cherished bit of statistical nonsense.  I mean the repetitious business about one team outweighing the other 10 or 15 pounds and the assumption that the smaller team will be bruised something awful.  There is also the implication that some fearful 175-pounder will hardly dare tackle a marauding 225-pounder.  Everyone knows the team that is clicking usually wins, regardless of size.


    ONLY IN L.A. --
A tourist type gentleman one day recently stopped and inspected the lobby pictures of the New Follies Theater featuring "Dee Milo plus the Nudie Cuties," then went out on the sidewalk and looked at the both sides of the marquee, then went over to Nola, who minds the box office, and said in a  twangy voice he wanted to see the pictures of the "Nuddy Coaches."  It finally came through to Nola that this was his way of pronouncing Nudie Cuties.


    MISCELLANY -- This week's Post has a photo on Pages 34 and 35 that will surprise you.  Looks like  a batch of terraced rice paddies but it's a cluster of 103 newly carved out lots in the Santa Monica Mountains priced at $20,000 to $75,000 . . . Dick Gottschall, Convair information director, has a sign in his office.  "Modesty prevents me mentioning my many other virtues."  To which some wag has added, "Grammar, however, is not among them."