De Amerikaanse schrijver, humorist en criticus Joe Queenan werd geboren op 3 november 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Zie ook mijn blog van 3 november 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Joe Queenan op dit blog.
Uit: My Goodness
„Was there a specific event that precipitated my Saul of Tarsus-like conversion to the path of righteousness? Yes, there was. One night, in the fall of 1998, I purchased a ridiculously expensive tube of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. In doing so, I was out on a search-and-destroy mission. A couple of years earlier, my wife and I had been roped into attending a speech by Tom Chappell, founder and CEO of the world’s most socially conscious toothpaste company For forty-five minutes, I had sat in my chair yawning and grimacing as Tom of Maine yammered on and on about his “mission,” his “vocation,” his “journey,” his wife Kate’s poetry, and his company’s principled refusal to experiment on lab animals, as if anyone in the room cared one way or the other about the plight of a few disgusting rats. Remarking to my wife, “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald when you really need him?” I made a mental note to double back when I had some spare time and give Tom of Maine, Kate of Maine, and Anybody Else of Maine Who Thought They Were Better than Me Just Because They Didn’t Experiment on Lab Animals a good journalistic thrashing. And now, two years later, that time had come.
On first glance, the toothpaste container seemed to provide me with plenty of material for target practice. Neatly tucked inside was a little note to consumers explaining, in typical blowhard fashion, the special social “mission” of the company. Then there was extensive information about the National Anti-Vivisection Society and the American Anti-Vivisection Society, including 800 numbers and website addresses where ordinary people could learn more about the systematic abuse of lab animals by Tom’s of Maine’s competitors. Finally, there was a grammatically disastrous hand-written note from a little girl named Kim telling Tom and Kate just how wonderful they were. As if they needed to be told.“
Joe Queenan (Philadelphia, 3 november 1950)