Perceptions

things aren't always as they seem

Mr Magoo

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One of the recent WordPress prompts was: Who is the worst driver you know?

I’m choosing Mr Magoo, from the cartoons (created in 1949). I didn’t know that he had a first name, but he does: Quincy. Mr Magoo is a near-sighted cartoon character, getting into all kinds of trouble because he goes about his business as if is not near-sighted. (Sound like anyone you know?)

And did you know that Mr Magoo won two — not one, but two — Oscars? Oh yes, he was also in the movies: When Magoo Flew (1955) and Magoo’s Puddle Jumper (1956).

One of the things Mr Magoo did without 20/20 vision or benefit of corrective lenses was drive around town. He’d shake his fist at the other drivers because, don’t you know, the near misses were always their fault.

Then I wondered: Is there anyone actually named Magoo? Let’s check my phone book.

No one in my phone book is named Magoo.

There is, however, a Magoon. I wonder what generation that person is from. If from mine, they probably had a hard time of it in school, being teased for their last name. I found a McGrew. Maybe a horticulturalist? McGough. This could be “McGoo” or “McGuff.” For now, we’ll go with “McGoo.” Could be one of the McDonald’s cartoon characters in Happy Meals. McGurr. Dog trainer, for sure.

Maybe this McGurr dog trainer person trained Mr Magoo’s dog, McBarker. Could have happened!

Postaday2011 #118

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Author: Tresha Barger

Writer (blogs, humor, short stories, poetry) and artist (miniature art quilts, watercolor paintings, soft sculpture dolls)

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