Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cease and Desist?

Oh dear.

I found this on my site-tracker tonight:

For those of you who have never read the “Welcome” link in the sidebar, “Flipism” made its first appearance in a Donald Duck comic in the mid 1950s. The villain of the story, Professor Batty, was a pitchman who sold Donald a self-help book titled Flipism Is The Key. Donald took its advice literally, basing all of his decisions on flipping a coin. Needless to say, disaster ensued. When I started this humble effort, Professor Batty was just one of a number of fictional characters (thankfully, this early version of the blog has been long deleted.) When I started writing regularly I took up the Professor’s persona—that of a fast-talking con-man—but applied it to broader uses. I had actually used the Flippist name for a record business in the 70s and 80s; there is even an IRS tax number under that name.

So if you are from Disney legal, monitoring this blog, give me a break, please.

I’ve got a case for prior use and at least I spelled it right.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Móðir, kona, meyja said...

Think Donald Duck has ASD?

Blogger Professor Batty said...

... that would go a long way in helping to explain his behavior!

Blogger Móðir, kona, meyja said...

Well, there you go. ASD in popular comics literature...

Blogger Christopher Newton said...

Absolutely amazing that you know about Flippism. I thought I was the only one who remembers what may be D. Duck and C. Barth's funniest outing. Unforgettable! Professor, I'll be a fan of your blog from this day forth.

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