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ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 31 12:37:11 UTC 2020

Back on October 26 Bill Mullins posted two fascinating citations for
Carl Sagan and Christiane Kubrick. Now, I have updated the QI article
and added these two important citations.


[Begin excerpt]
Special thanks to Bill Mullins who located two important 1966
citations for Carl Sagan and Christiane Kubrick . Mullins suggested
that Sagan may have relayed the saying to Kubrick.
[End excerpt]


On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 12:32 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
CCDC AVMC (USA) <0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu>
> Your earliest non-Pogo cite for "mighty soberin' thought" was from a letter to the editor in the Ithaca NY newspaper.
> Searching newspapers.com for the name of the letter writer, R. Wade Schuette, reveals that he was a student at Cornell, and in 1973 was an employee there.
> And your predecessor quote, "the idea is quite staggering", brings up Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick, who collaborated on the film _2001: A Space Odyssey_.
> The common denominator here is Carl Sagan, and the quote is one which would seem to be of interest to him.
> Sagan taught at Cornell, and consulted on _2001_.  Sagan was familiar with the Pogo version quote as early as 1966, when the subject strip appears as front matter in his book _Intelligent Life in the Universe_, co-written with I. S. Shklovskii (1966).  I suspect that he was a vector for dissemination of the quote.
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> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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