the "no good Perl jobs"/"no good Perl programmers" myth
uri at stemsystems.com
Sun Aug 6 20:07:22 BST 2006
>>>>> "m" == muppet <scott at asofyet.org> writes:
>> I took the question to mean, are you a medical doctor or a PhD in
m> Additionally, it is an oblique reference to a series of 80's Merkin
m> TV advertisements which featured the actor who played a doctor in a
m> soap opera shilling some analgesic or something. His opening line
m> was, "I'm not a doctor, but i play one on TV," from which point he
m> went on to extol the virtues of whatever product it was. This
m> phrase was so assinine that it worked its way into popular culture
m> (a la "Where's the beef?") and many people who use it don't even
m> know where it originated.
thanx for someone who got the real joke reference there. i forgot that
was a merkin cultural thing and didn't cross the pond.
m> I guess i should've googled first:
m> E2: http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1377058
>> This line was used in Vick's cough syrup TV commercials during the
>> 1980s. Peter Bergman, who played a doctor on "The Young and the
>> Restless," first uttered the phrase. Legend has it that federal
>> regulators decided that having a TV doctor in the commercials was
>> perceived by the public as a real doctor endorsing the product,
>> thus the famous line was born.
i recall the line being used but not which product. it was so satirized
as to ruin the original intent. i bet the line 'i am not a lawyer' was
influenced by that too.
and yes, if you didn't get it by now, my doctor query to nicholas was
purely a joke! of course nick is a medical doctor as he is deep into
perl's guts all the time! :)
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