I’m one of those faintly creepy people who always wanted to be a lawyer. Well, in 1984 I briefly wanted to be the first female president of America (we lived there at the time) until my dad pointed out that I couldn’t because I wasn’t born there (and yet he had no qualms about continuing the Santa deception, even after I left a note saying “sign here” for Santa). Anyway, a brief chat in Twitter about kids tv and I decided to watch Rocky and Bullwinkle on YouTube. I first watched it around my fifth birthday when we’d just moved to the States and just happened to pick an episode on YouTube which was a bit of a revelation when it came to the whole “why be a lawyer” thing. It cracks me up to think of child me watching this and thinking “right. I can be a princess but only if I can outsmart a contract lawyer’s small print”. The relevant segment is from 5:49 ish and only runs for two or three mins.
In reality, I didn’t want to be a contracts lawyer until I started doing it and realised I had a flair for it (and the inability to keep the necessary emotional distance to be able to do something like family work) but, who knows. Maybe the memory of that episode was lying dormant, just waiting for that day to come.
Seeing that reminded me of this. I suspect every kid in the USA has seen I’m Just a Bill at some point since it was made in the 70s .
For some reason I swear I had a comic book version too. I don’t know if it was a tie in or something I got through school but I’m sure I had it. Maybe it was just one feature in a magazine. I don’t know because the law geek bit’s all that’s stuck in my head (other than a faint suspicion there was a picture of Menudo in it too but they were everywhere at the time). The odds of anyone who grew up in America in the early 80s reading this seem really slim but if you did and remember the comic, comment, please, to tell me it’s not an imaginary comic I wrote in my own head, although I did want to be Wonder Woman around that time too so maybe it was an imaginary comic and I was a geeky law making superhero in my own mind, I don’t know. I’m pretty sure Wonder Woman never fell off the monkey bars while playing superheroes with her brother, scaring him witless because she’d had the wind knocked out of her just as their mum was calling them in for dinner. Pretty sure. It’s probably a good thing he didn’t know about using gaffer tape on broken ribs back then or he’d have had me mummified to be on the safe side before I’d got my breath back.