Here's a brainteaser: What was the name of Bazooka Joe's sidekick and what distinctive clothing did he wear?
Mort, the character with a red turtleneck forever pulled up under his nose — he was a boy with voice but no mouth. He always seemed to me to represent a central duality of man: We wish to be heard, but we fear being misunderstood. Have I nailed it? Duality?So asks WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten, interviewing Jay Lynch, the main Bazooka Joe jokewriter, who says his literary influences are Henry James and Thomas Aquinas. Lynch answers:
Jay: Sure. Why not? There’s a question, though, because in 1980, they pulled his turtleneck down, and showed his entire face, and changed his name to Red. That lasted a year or so, then they pulled it back up, and he became Mort again.
Me: Wow. What was that about?
Jay: No idea.
Me: Why did Bazooka Joe have an eye patch?
Jay: I never asked. I always assumed it was a terrible bubble gum accident.