Circuit City Flighty, Sensitive, Apt To Fly Into Rages And Gales of Tears

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  1. Patrick says:

    Who, of those of us around in the 70s, would have thought that Mad Magazine (featuring Don Martin and Dave Berg at the time) would be a has been, while Cracked would be a reliably good to excellent source of humor on the networked global computer mass consciousness?

    I still mourn Spy vs. Spy.

  2. tgb says:

    Wait. You can buy copies of Mad at Circuit City? Since when?

    True story:

    Back in '65 or '66, my best friend Brian Tucker and I were major fans of Mad. We must have been 13, maybe 14 at the time. One day we decided to ditch school and take the subway from Brooklyn to hang out in mid-town Manhattan. On a whim we decided to drop in on the Mad offices (at the time on 32nd Street, iirc). We strode in with no appointment, announced we were Mad's biggest fans, and requested, nay, demanded a tour.

    I still recall the day because everyone there was so gracious to a couple of snotty, pimple-faced adolescents. Not only were we intruding on their time, but I'm certain in hindsight they had to endure several similar interruptions weekly.

    The three things I remember most of the visit are 1) being handed a stack of vintage Kurtzman-era Mads on the way out; 2)Bill Gaines' office because securely placed in his window was a 3-dimensional recreation of the view out that window – except for a giant King Kong head peeking in, and 3)meeting Don Martin and getting his autograph. He was living in Miami at the time, and had come in for a meeting with the Mad editors.

    I don't know what ever became of that autographed copy, but boy, I sure wish I had it today.

  3. Andrew says:

    tgb, that is an awesome story. I'm envious.