"Not the “Not Me” from Family Circus"

2009
Sep
25

I just want to make 100% clear that this video clip is showing the dancing skills of some other Wendell, NOT ME. In fact, the original post on YouTube does not even identify him by name. I do not, as a rule, dance at concerts, and if you’ve ever seen me hobble my way from parking lot to concert hall and back again, you would never mistake that for dancing (although there were some moves I made one time when I realized I should have visited the Mens Room before departing the venue that resembled Ellen Degeneres in a full body cast).

Further research shows that there is a connection between the band at the concert, Rascal Flatts, and a Nashville songwriter named Wendell Mobley, but it is obvious that the dancer is not that Wendell either. This would not be the first time ever that “Wendell” was used as a generic name for “A Big Goofball” (for which I am partially responsible: in the late 1970s, my most public performances were as a wacky sidekick to a radio personality in Los Angeles, from which I traced several uses of “Wendell” as names for minor characters in sitcoms over the next couple years).

That goofball is not obviously a Wendell, he could just as easily be Wally, Ernest, Leroy, Dewey, Arnold, Buddy, Roscoe or Clyde. Yet, I thought society had consolidated all Generic Goofballs under the Extremely Generic Name “Bubba”. That fact probably just hadn’t yet gotten to that blogger (who doesn’t reveal his name on the blog, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Clyde).

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