I was talking to a friend of mine, who remembered having seen as a child a TV verson of a Mark Twain story. As it turns out, I had seen it too, but have been unable to figure out which story it was based on.
All I remember is that it’s about a guy from the future who helps out a kid who is a printer’s apprentice. The show started with a big glowing ball floating down to earth.
I had actually thought for sure that I remembered the TV show as being described as “The Mysterious Stranger,” but I read the book recently and it seemed totally different. I specifically remember a scene involving a print shop, with the stranger (who was from the future, not the Devil) using his special powers to help them meet an impossible deadline.
Well that was a weird little essay. All the master-race stuff was most enlightening. I will have to do some research to figure out who the “Great War Criminal” was who “made the United States an apanage of the Judaeo-Communist empire”. Roosevelt I guess?
Based on the imdb link and the cover photo, it looks like it was indeed The Mysterious Stranger, based on some of the printer-heavy material which didn’t end up in the finished version. Now I think I’ll have to read the parts that didn’t make it into the finished book.
And now I must tell my story about “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” After reading the story in literature class, one of my classmates had the following dialogue with the teacher:
“But why did he feed the frog buckshot?”
“So that the frog couldn’t jump as high.”
“But, like, why not put weights on the frog’s feet, or something?”
“Because then people would see it!”
“Why weren’t people supposed to see it?”
You know, I’m really glad I’m no longer in high school…