As a kid, I was allowed to read “Walt Disney Comics & Stories” (the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck offerings). Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker comics were okay too. But Mad Magazine was strictly verboten. I think my parents were afraid I was going to emulate – and turn out like – Alfred E. Neuman — the poster boy for Mad. It made me all the more desirous of sneaking copies home and hiding them under my bed in the small – locked – toolbox where I hid enough Black Cat firecrackers, M-80’s and Cherry Bombs to take out Tehran. I found Mad Magazine (launched in 1952) hysterical! Still do. The satire is classic.
Alfred E. Neuman made his Mad Magazine debut in 1956. His famous motto? “What me worry?” That same year, there was a write in campaign to have Alfred E. Neuman elected President. His campaign slogan was “You could do worse. . . . and always have.” With our current Presidential choices, I may just vote for Alfred E. Neuman. He’s definitely smarter. And doesn’t have the baggage. Either that or I will vote for my dog Daisy. Daisy is loyal, has integrity, doesn’t bite and is house trained. It’s really a toss up. Seriously. . . .