The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 November 2003

Ich bin ein Cassette

Not only did John Fitzgerald Kennedy die, but he died awfully close to Thanksgiving, which will make it difficult for people who revere his memory to move for a national holiday to commemorate that day in Dallas.

Which is not to say that American retailers can't rise to the occasion. Michele tells of working in a New York record store in November 1983, when a co-worker hit upon the deeply offensive and incredibly funny idea of putting up a display rack of Dead Kennedys material to, um, capitalize on twentieth-anniversary JFK nostalgia.

This went over about as well as you'd think — Jello Biafra himself could scarcely come up with a more blatant lightning rod for public outrage — but the idea that it actually happened brings me some strange mutant form of glee.

Posted at 7:44 AM to Almost Yogurt


You and I must have the same twisted sense of humor, I too thought the idea was way over the top but I was LMAO at the same time.

Thanks for passing that along...

Posted by: ronbailey at 8:31 AM on 18 November 2003

Even when you're stuffed with turkey, there's always room for Jello.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 11:48 AM on 18 November 2003

I am reminded of the reaction of the citizens of Berlin at the time. The proper German phrase would have been "Ich bin Berliner". ("I am a citizen of Berlin.") Kennedy said "Ich (actually he said 'Ick') bin ein Berliner." In that usage a "Berliner" refers to a kind of roll or pastry by that name. So what the good folks of that city heard was "I am a pastry". But they were real polite about it and cheered anyway.

Posted by: The Prop at 2:52 PM on 18 November 2003

I remember that; I seem to recall seeing it translated as "I am a jelly doughnut."

Actually, now that I think about it, Teddy is much more the jelly doughnut than JFK was.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:48 PM on 18 November 2003

Elvis shot JFK because he thought he was a jelly donut.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 3:25 AM on 19 November 2003

On the tapes I've heard, JFK pronounced it "Ish" -- which is appropriate, so my junior-high German teacher told me, for the Nordische parts of Deutschland...

Posted by: McGehee at 8:03 AM on 19 November 2003