July 16, 2003


Welcome to 2003, Mr Wallis:

Slowly but surely, Terry Wallis is rediscovering his world. After 19 years in a coma he has a lot of catching up to do.

But now the crash victim's family are steeling themselves to break the news that during those lost years his wife had three children by another man.

They will also have to tell him the daughter he remembers as a six-week-old baby is now working as a stripper.

Heíll get over it. But what about fellow coma sufferer Garry Trudeau, whose worldview remains exactly as it was in 1973? When will someone tell him that the joke he thought was funny 30 years ago now isnít working at all?

Posted by Tim Blair at July 16, 2003 12:29 PM

Why hasn't Hunter S. Thompson followed through with his promise to hunt down Trudeau and pull all his teeth out with rusty pliers for using his persona as Dr. Duke? (And he still is).

Posted by: Paul Bickford at July 16, 2003 at 12:44 PM

From naked baby to naked babe.

Posted by: Andjam at July 16, 2003 at 12:56 PM

Help me remember....who was unfunny first: Garry Trudeau or Art Buchwald? It has been so long.

Posted by: Natalie Drest at July 16, 2003 at 01:13 PM

As well, his son is gay and his mother-in-law is a dealer. Doesn't this sound like some 1970s sitcom?

Posted by: Fred at July 16, 2003 at 01:20 PM

3 other kids! in arkansas? go figure! it was called [url=http://www.fubarforums.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9553]here[/url] 10 days ago.
i wonder who he knew...and when...and how often

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at July 16, 2003 at 01:30 PM

argh! how does one post links? obviously, i am at sea

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at July 16, 2003 at 01:31 PM

and, hey, that "senator springer", if you please

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at July 16, 2003 at 01:32 PM

With angle brackets, not with square brackets.

Posted by: Andjam at July 16, 2003 at 01:45 PM

thanks, i meant...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at July 16, 2003 at 01:46 PM

Not only has Gary Trudeau been stuck in the 70's, so have many others who can only relate to Vietnam when the US goes to war. Some of the 'peace protests' I saw reminded me of the peace protests I took part in during the Vietnam war.

I saw many of the same slogans that we used during Vietnam being used by today's protesters. Perhaps they saved the posters?

I think once Terry Wallis realizes how screwed up his family is, he'll wish he was back in a coma. I know I would.

Posted by: Chris at July 16, 2003 at 03:04 PM

Mr. Bingley: here is how you post an url:

<a href="www.urlname.com">linking word</a>

(Note: don't copy and paste this code, it's using character entities in order to display properly.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at July 16, 2003 at 03:58 PM

Let's see here, Mr. Wallis was in a coma for 19 years. However, he lives in Arkansas, a state that's 20 years behind the times. Hell, he's a year ahead of fellow Arkansans. Sa-weet.

Posted by: David Crawford at July 16, 2003 at 04:19 PM

Sounds like Terry's devoted wife wants to make sure she's in the movie deal.

Posted by: D2D at July 16, 2003 at 04:39 PM

I see Tom Hanks in the lead role, with Madonna as the wife and JLo as the daughter.

Posted by: Fred at July 16, 2003 at 04:50 PM

I doubt the guy has ever heard of Jerry Springer which is one advantage of a long coma. And I think Steven Seagal would be a good choice to play the lead role since acting comatose wouldn't be much of a stretch for him.

Posted by: Randy R. at July 16, 2003 at 06:24 PM

thanks, andrea!

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at July 16, 2003 at 10:31 PM

As Bender from Futurama would say:

"Life can be hilariously cruel"

Posted by: Tom at July 16, 2003 at 10:48 PM

You're welcome! (I am going to refrain from comment on the Rutles. Heh.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at July 17, 2003 at 03:35 AM

Well if I had a choice between "Slick Willie" Clinton being my governor and ulitimately my president, the 19 year coma doesn't sound that bad. In Trudeau's case that's what happens when you mix high grade hash and artist's ink.

Posted by: Robert Swaim at July 18, 2003 at 09:25 AM