"gay" in "Bringing Up Baby"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 27 02:36:28 UTC 2010

On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 9:25 PM, George Thompson
<george.thompson at nyu.edu> wrote:
> Richard Whiting; the fact that his daughter was Margaret Whiting would seem to preclude the possiblilty that he was one of the colored.

It doesn't merely *seem* to preclude that possibility. It literally
precludes that possibility, George. Both the Whitings were still alive
in kicking, back when mother was a girl, and I remember them quite
well. But where in my note do I reference the rightly-named Whitings
and attempt to smear them with the tar-brush or otherwise write
anything such as to imply that there was a nigger in the Whiting
genealogical woodpile?

BTW, wasn't Margaret often a guest on the show of Jack "The Man With
The Smile In His Voice" Smith? IIRC, that show came on right after Bob
Crosby & The Bobcats - theme song: South Rampart Street Parade - and
right before The Beulah Show - theme song: I Got The World In A Jug.
At least, that was the way it was on Saint Louis radio.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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