Big Bang Funny

While I have always loved the movies, my movie-watching took a sharp uptick in the 80s, probably due to the triple threat of a job, a car, and a VCR. Like Abed my vernacular grew to include things like “Medic!” from the oodles of Nam war flicks such as Platoon and “I’ll be back.” from Terminator.

I first saw Terminator in the summer of ’85 in the main auditorium of Harvey Mudd. I spent two weeks on campus as part of a program called CAD Camp. In essence it was summer camp for geeks. Like all summer camps it included outings for the campers. Since Mudd is in SoCal, one of those outings was a trip to a Dodger game.

The rented bus had capacity for more than twice the number of us so everyone had a seat of their own. We were sitting sideways, talking across the aisle, when the bus stopped quickly in the rush hour traffic. Buses had no seat belts back then either and a guy in the last seat slid forward off the seat and onto the floor. In a joke that would only kill in a busload of geeks, we heard a plaintive cry from out of sight.

“Cleric!”

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