For damn close to a half century, I’ve been saying “Ready, Professor?” to ascertain whether my companion is ready to embark on whatever the next phase of the adventure at hand might be. For almost that long, I’ve wondered where it comes from. When I said it recently to my sister, she asked, and it occurs to me that y’all can probably tell me.
It’s a cartoon – an old b/w one. It might be one of the Popeye cartoons, perhaps the one about “vaudeville is back” (is that a Popeye cartoon?). Who is saying it, though, and who the professor is – beats me.
You’ve identified more on fewer hints – any ideas on this?