The story of a slightly subversive student with a taste for gin.
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Story about the aspiring writer who Craven lay cock suspended the slightly subversive student who went on to save thousands of lives in the second World war. But here's the thing when you stumble across a name Lake Craven, lay cock you can't help but wonder if the owner of such an ominous moniker lived up to the potential of his diabolical name, so you dig a little deeper and sure enough. The former dean not only suspended the aspiring writer, he fired him from his job at the college magazine, in other words, Craven lay cock punished and aspiring writer. By refusing to let him right and really isn't that exactly what you expect, a Craven lay cock to do. Happily, the suspended student being slightly subversive did not comply with the terms of his punishment. He assumed an alias.
And kept on writing an alias that would soon appear in the pages of the very same magazine from which he had been banished the same, Alias you can see today on the covers of his many best selling books. Point being by behaving in a way that was consistent with his own dastardly name. Craven, lay car, drove a young man to assume a whole new identity. As a result, the aspiring writer developed a deep appreciation for characters who lived up to their names of You lesson that he would apply again and again over the course of his long and prosperous career lesson that would also save the lives of countless soldiers in world war. Two which brings me back to the story. I intended to tell you in the first pillar the year was nineteen, forty three,
An american G eyes were not only dying in combat, they were dying and all kinds of easily avoidable accidents. Nearly ten thousand airman had already perished in non combat related crashes friendly fire was killing hundreds of Marines every month and there were other problems. Frostbite trench foot, venereal disease and security issues loose lips were literally. Sinking ships. It was in the armies own vernacular, a giant snafu if you're not up to speed with military acronyms. Comes snafu is short for situation, normal all aft up, while the situation had to be corrected so that
top brass, commissioned the series of mandatory training films to combat ignorance and complacency. The man in charge of the film division was a major frank, but the major new that government films did nothing but put young soldier. To sleep so major Frank enlisted the help of a slightly subversive captain who suggested a different approach, a cartoon specifically a series of irreverent misadventures that revolved around a recurring character who live, up to his name, a character as aft up as the situations he encountered. I just like that private snafu was born with a face like Elmer Foot and a voice like bugs bunny snafu, confronted complacency and ignorance by embracing them, for example, in private snafu, verses, Malaria, MIKE snafu Neglect
take his medications or uses repellent then, while naked and priorities Pied. With some soft core pornography, a hungry monsieur It also takes note of the private naked bottom and takes a bite snafu LISA, comes to malaria and dies a painful yet how hysterical death and really isn't that exactly what you expect a snafu to do in spies, the stakes are even higher and the consequences even more severe snafu gets drunk with a prostitute in a bar, then loudly announces. It's been a wonder. Carefully evening and I'd like to stay some more, but I get a move on. I sail at half past four, at which point the prostitutes breasts are revealed to be swastika, shaped radio transmitters with a direct line to the future who dispatches a pack of you boats to intercept nephews, troop transport, the ship is torpedoed. Everybody die
and snafu finds himself in hell where he congratulated for his incompetence by a devil. That looks a lot like Hitler. More often than not, snafu died for his mistakes and the troops loved him for they also love these slightly subversive tone of every new adventure. Remember this was nineteen. Forty three back home words like damn or hell got you in our rating, but here in these top secret army films There was nudity and drinking and sex and all sorts of innuendo in an episode that deals with frostbite prevent I write or said it's old out therein their men gold enough nuts off a jeep as too like nuts clatter to the pavement. Eventually snafu became so popular. These slightly subversive captain gave him two brothers fu bar and tar, flew through bar wish.
Are we short for after beyond all recognition and tar FU was short, for things are really aft up between the three of them. American G eyes did something unusual, attention and, as a result, their behaviour changed. There's no doubt about it. Private snuff snafu saved lives more than anyone can count in eighteen. Eighty, the army declassified all twenty eight snafu films, and today you can see them online thanks to South park and family guy. There shock value has been somewhat deluded, but the credits still contain. A few surprises. Major Frank, for instance, was none other than Frank Capra famous for his family friendly films like it's a wonderful life and Mr Smith goes to Washington. The director was Chuck Jones, the man response
simple for Sylvester Tweedy, bird wily, Coyote and all the other g rated characters. You remember from Saturday morning, mail blank was the voice of snafu which is probably why he sounds so much like a certain Wascally wabbit, but it was the writer of these r rated misadventures, whose name seemed the most out of place in the credits of an adult cartoon, because my one thousand nine hundred and eighty, the slightly subversive captain brought the F bomb to the big screen was known the world over. As a beloved writer of children's books. Like I said this was not a story about Craven talk. This was the story about the aspiring writer. He suspended the Man who went on to create the most important character in the house,
Ray of animation. It's worth noting, however, that twenty years after private snafu Craven, lay Cox, former student united with Chalk Jones and gave us another character, aft up beyond all recognition, a towering God Goya, with a villain s name so perfectly suited to his rotten disposition. It's impossible, the wonder if his persona as well as is diabolical moniker was an homage to Craven, lay cock himself. I mean really isn't that exactly what you expect to slightly subversive writer to do portray a teacher who tried to keep him from writing as a creature who tried to steal Christmas, I can't prove it but this much we do know if Craven lay cock, hadn't suspended that aspiring writer way back and nineteen twenty five,
aspiring writer would have never changed his name, and while his stories and his characters are undeniably charming. Make no mistake: it was his alias that launched career the same, Alias you can see today on the covers of over six hundred million books. So let's say it like this: without that bottle of moonshine there might have been a snafu who saved the soldiers and there might have been a Grinch who stole miss, but without Craven lay the aspiring writer with a party mouth and a taste
gin would have never changed his name from Theodore Geisler to Doktor Seuss, and that would have left up everything anyway. That's the way I heard.
Transcript generated on 2019-12-31.