Choices

June 6, 2012

“What you wanna watch now?” Billy Boy asked. “‘Real People’ or ‘WKRP?'”

“Either one.  I don’t care.”

“Or there’s–” Billy fell silent as he tried to find his place in the television guide.  When he finally found it, he read off the third choice, pronouncing it “Greatus Mercun Hee-ro.”

“You want that, huh, Head?” he asked.

“You decide.”

“That one is dumb, I think.  The guy keeps forgettin’ how to fly.  Christ, you’d think if a guy knew how to fly, he’d know how to fly.  He wouldn’t keep forgettin’ it the way this asshole does.”

- Newton Thornburg, Dreamland (1983)

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3 Responses to “Choices”


  1. Anyone who’d pass up WKRP in Cincinnati wouldn’t do much better on an I.Q. test than the “Greatus Mercun Hee-ro.”

  2. Mike from Jersey Says:

    “As God is my witness I thought turkeys could fly”
    Arthur C. Carlson, Great American

  3. Carthy Says:

    I liked WKRP, but I’ve always thought people overrated it. It was a good show, but not THAT good. At the time (I was 11 or 12), I would’ve probably chosen Greatest American Hero.


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