Monday, June 28, 2010

In the Meantime, Please Enjoy this Classic Post: Where's Waldo

Children of the 90s is taking care of some business...The blog will be back with some new posts later this week. Until then, please enjoy perusing this classic post on Where's Waldo back from March of '09. Thanks, everyone, and we'll be back soon!

Oh, Waldo, how you continue to thwart our valiant search efforts. Despite your obvious penchant for flamboyantly candy cane striped red and white sweater/hat combos and your tendency to take along every possible piece of travel equipment on your obscenely crowded vacations, you still manage to boggle our minds with your mysterious whereabouts. In the original book, Waldo lugs along a walking stick, sleeping bag, mallet, drinking cup, binoculars, kettle, backpack, camera, snorkel, belt, another bag, and a shovel. Clearly, if he's going get lost in a crowd, he's got every imaginable amenity to walk, sleep, pound, drink, see, boil, carry, document photographically, dive, remain in pants, store more items, or dig his way out. That's right, it makes perfect sense.

Where's Waldo? originated as a British franchise under the name "Where's Wally?" Apparently, "Wally" is some sort of a British slang term that publishers feared would drive away eager young American Waldo-searchers with its distinctively red-coat recalling familiarity, so the only logical leap was to change the title to an equally unknown and unpopular name that in no way resonated with American youth. In our typical domineering American fashion, we pulled the rug from under the British Wally and U.S. Waldo sales quickly and consistently outstripped sales of the original. If that's not a legitimate way to assert our undeserved sense of national superiority, I don't know what is.

With "Waldo-mania" sweeping the country throughout the 1990s, there seemed to be no one without vested stake or interest in finding this bespectacled excursionist. There was something oddly if inexplicably satisfying about curling up with a big hardcover picture book and focusing on crowded, chaotic scenes until your eyes crossed. It wasn't just Waldo we were after, either; he brought with him a gang of of absurd cronies and/or nemeses. There was Wanda, Waldo's pal. Woof, his faithful canine companion. After that is where things got a bit weird.

There was Wizard Whitebeard, some sort of life coach/guru who was occasionally responsible for sending Waldo on his wacky expeditions. Then of course we had Odlaw, Waldo's bizarrely evil nemesis formulated from an inverted anagram of Waldo's name. He was nearly identical to the original Waldo only his clothing and glasses were of different colors, and he has a mustache. Even as children, we were aware that mustaches signified pure, unfettered evil (there was Hitler, Stalin, and Odlaw, and we were onto their mustachioed madness). We the readers were forced to infer that Odlaw was evil by his distinctive un-Waldoness, despite the fact that we never actually caught him doing anything more than lurking in the background.

And of course, there were the Waldo Watchers, because what bumbling vacationer would travel anywhere without their 25-member posse of lookalike devotees? That's right, Waldo had an entourage. These are clearly a cheap attempt by the authors to divert our eyes with Waldo-esque color patterns and hat-stylings, but were we really to believe that by the mid-90s Waldo had 100 faithful followers who joined him on every venture?

Silly characters aside, there were reasons that Waldo books held the top spot on the New York Times' bestseller list for a composite nearly-100 weeks. If nothing else, the books placated our parents with their hypnotizing ability to keep us unmovingly focused in a single spot for an extended period of time. Waldo had it all: books, comic books, cereal boxes, a short-lived magazine (with an impressive 2 issue run!), video games, and even a TV show. However, the plot-rich TV shows with only brief frozen-screen finding games interludes were never quite enough to hold our attention in the same way.

Despite the dozens of poorly-conceived franchising paths, the Where's Waldo? books were nothing less than a phenomenon. So long as we could continue our relentless searches for our beloved hero, all was right in the world. Like most 90s trends for children, the allure was not in the flashy effects or superfluous characters, but rather in the simplicity and forthrightness of the task at hand. There is just no recapturing the magic of the moment of actually locating Waldo himself amidst a sea of impostors and villains.

So whether you grew up searching for Wally (UK) or Waldo (US), Valli (Iceland) or Walter (Germany), Effie (Israel) or Charlie (France), we were united in our common goal. No matter what you called him or where you lived in the world, we all knew Waldo as the greatest hidden holidayer of them all.


«Oldest   ‹Older   401 – 412 of 412
Martin said...

This is how to change PayPal password in simple steps. It is worth noting that you can't reset your PayPal password on App because it is permissible only. Get more info: Change PayPal Password

Martin said...

The process to change PayPal password is not complex. In fact, the PayPal password changing process is pretty simple and straightforward. Whether you have to change forgotten PayPal password or just want to reset your PayPal password due to security related concern, in both cases, you can change PayPal password. To know more : Change PayPal Password

Ashu kumar said...

Get special deals and offers on your bookings with Delta travel packages team. Enjoy the advantages designed for you and save your money.

Ashu kumar said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Marco Alder said...

The Programming Assignment Help experts impressed me in many ways. They agreed to revise the paper without demanding more than the original order cost. That was very professional. The C++ Homework Help tutors also promised me an A and fulfilled it! I've never worked with such a cooperative team in my programming career. I'll continue to order from them each time I need a past paper revision or assignment help services.

Marco Alder said...

As a SPSS homework help expert can you tell me what really is the multivariate analysis of variance often abbreviated as MANOVA? What is the essence of this test in statistics? How is it related to SPSS? Obviously, there are a lot of questions that I can ask here. But you can be of help if you agree to Statistics Homework Help.I will pay for this so tell me how much you charge for this and Statistics Assignment Help in general.

Marco Alder said...

Can any one please get hourly tutoring rates? I need an experienced Australia Matlab Homework Help tutor that can take me through online Matlab Data Analysis classes for two hours each day for a week. To get adequately prepared for that, I need the price rates (or prospective rates) in prior. The Matlab Assignment Help tutor should be a Australian with sufficient experience in the relevant field. I hope you'll be more than happy to help me.

Marco Alder said...

Can you please tell me how much you charge for economics assignment help? I have gone through your website and it looks huge. With the rating I have seen there, I expect that your economics homework help tutors charge very high rates. Give me your rates so that I can know whether it is something I can afford.

Alice Perrir said...

I need a Statistics Homework Help expert to handle my assignment on median regression. This model is just the same, and the quantile regression, which is estimating the median. The assignment requires you to fit the model in STATA. I hope that you are in a position to solve it. I won't accept anything other than a grade A. I will also need Statistics Assignment Help in other topics but first finish this one.

Alice Perrir said...

I have just gone through your website and I am highly convinced that you can offer quality economics homework help. I have seen several
samples and the quality looks good. If the samples are done by you then I am more than willing to hire you for my assignment. I just hope that anytime I contact you for aneconomics homework help you will be available to help because some of these assignments are always very urgent.

Alice Perrir said...

I am happy that many students have received the right Math assignment help through you. I am in my third year in college and I have not had a chance to get such help. Since I have come across your post, I hope I will find the right Math homework help through you. My only obstacle would be finances. I hope that you are pocket friendly or should I call it student-friendly

Alice Perrir said...

I have a ledger posting assignment involving several entries. I am currently fishing for the best Accounting Homework Help tutor to help me with the task and from what I have read, you guys don’t seem too bad at your job except for the few flaws. I may consider taking Accounting Assignment Help from here and hopefully I will be back with positive feedback.

«Oldest ‹Older   401 – 412 of 412   Newer› Newest»

Digg This!