From Bill DeBauche:
I was listening to National Public Radio in the car yesterday. They had a feature on the decline in playing "the numbers" in the minority communities in Philadelphia, with the rise of state sponsored gambling. An older woman commented that for years the numbers had been a source of good entertainment and that there were common systems for deciding which number to pick. She said that she, and many other people, relied on Ernie Bushmiller's daily Nancy cartoon, that they would rip open the paper to find a numeric clue in Nancy each day. If Nancy held up three fingers that day, she would pick the number three, for example. Just another example of Nancy's importance in American history.
My thoughts: This makes a strong case for the native genius of the ordinary American. Their ability to spiritually connect with Nancy says it all.
Back to Nancy
The Latest Stuff | Roadside art | Outsider pages | The idea barn | About | Home
Copyright Interesting Ideas 1995