Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Non-Serious Contender

One hundred twenty-four years ago today, former General of the Army William Tecumseh Sherman was asked if he would run for President of the United States on the Republican ticket. He famously replied, "If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve."

Relevant to Daria? You bet. Daria Morgendorffer references this Shermanesque statement not once but twice. In "Boxing Daria," Mr. O'Neill (seen at left as a Union soldier from the American Civil War) asked her if she had "given any more thought to helping out with the freshman tours." Daria replied,"If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve," which is how Sherman's statement is usually paraphrased. Later, she entitled her final essay on MTV's Daria website "If Totally Requested, I Will Serve" (in a return to television, that is, though after her author's byline she adds, "A Non-Serious Contender").

Hard to believe you can actually milk both pictures and quotes from this series on a day-to-day basis, isn't it? Daria was a show that was really in touch with pop culture and history.

NOTE: Derek has added a page to the DariaWiki on chat rooms. Interesting and useful, too!

And . . . a special announcement! Today is the third birthday of Heather and Damsel Morgendorffer! Congratulations, kids, and congrats to Mom Daria and Mom (i.e., Dad) Jane!


the nightgoblyn said...


They said thanks, but the stuffed penguins you got them would have been much cuter without the . . . outfits.

The Angst Guy said...

The penguins are washable, too. I tried them out and they did great!

the nightgoblyn said...

Heather: -eyebrows shoot up . . . she carefully places the penguin on a shelf and goes to wash her hands-

Damsel: What does he mean he . . . oh . . . EWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Cherry: -pauses her Zombie Horror IV game and lifts VR goggles- You Morgendorffers know the weirdest people.

Greybird said...

Every wiki page should include some personal abuse. It's what makes life worthwhile, after all. *sigh*

"What's important isn't so much what you want to ban. It's the fact that you take part in the banning process. That's what democracy is all about." — Dave Barry

The Angst Guy said...

My teenage years . . . a nightmare of shame and guilt. They didn't call it a love of nature, people! They called it bestiality!