Quote: In two words: im-possible (antedating 1928)

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 10 17:02:25 UTC 2010

> At 9:34 AM -0500 2/10/10, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>At 2/10/2010 12:01 AM, Garson O'Toole wrote:
>>>I can answer you in two words, "Im possible."
>>>Charlie Chaplin deliberately pinned this Goldwynism on to Samuel
>>>Goldwyn according to the biographer Alva Johnston writing in The Great
>>>Goldwyn (1937).
>>The father of Kim Possible?

The writers of the animated series did dance around that possibility:
Mim Possible (ancestor), Jim Possible (brother), Tim Possible
(brother), Slim Possible (uncle). But they named Kim's father James.

Laurence Horn wrote:
> In any case, a companion piece for one of my favorite (almost
> apocryphal?) baseball quotes, uttered by St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher
> Joaquin Andujar:
> "There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is,
> 'You never know.'"
>  Sports Illustrated, June 22, 1987 [according to the always reliable
> internet sources]

That is a wonderfully funny companion quote. Thanks to Bill Mullins
for searching, and thanks to Dan Goncharoff for locating the version
of the quote in the SI Vault in1983.


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