I'm talking to a friend of mine last night, (true story) and the subject at hand is a character we both know who is a bit unstable. My friend, because age is relevant to this story, is around thirty five years of age.
The guy we were talking about had recently been fired from his job and my friend was expressing his concern about the guy potentially going to his workplace and extracting some sort of revenge.
I told him I could see the nutcase doing such a thing and, starting with my buddy's voice, we will pick up the conversation at that point...
"You're damned right he could do such a thing! I was talking to his ex-girlfriend yesterday and she told me after they broke up, she instructed her children to make sure the doors were locked at all times and if they saw this guy's car to let her know immediately."
"Do I know this woman.?"
"I doubt it. She works across town. Nice lady. Name's Marlene. I'm trying to think of her last name...oh, yeah, Dietrich...Marlene Dietrich."
"Yeah, right what?"
"Her name is Marlene Dietrich?"
"Do you know who Marlene Dietrich was? You've never heard that name?"
"No. Who was she?
"She was a famous actress from the thirties and forties. Maybe even the twenties."
"How the hell would I know something like that? That was before my time. Remember, I'm not as old as you are."
"I see. So because she was famous before you were born you should have no knowledge of her existence. And the Civil War means nothing to you as well. Or Attila the Hun."
"Screw you. You know what I mean."
The conversation then drifted elsewhere. But I was wondering if Marlene Dietrich is perhaps as not well-known as I thought she was. So I will ask the whippersnappers on this site if they've heard of Marlene.
People like sozobe. And patiodog. I suppose Kickycan, though fast exiting such territory, may still be referred to as a whippersnapper by some folk.
And Calamity Jane. The young German wench. Surely she, being of such descent, must know of Marlene Deitrich.
While we are waiting for responses, I will offer up this Marlene Dietrich tribute.
It is sure to bring a tear to Walter Hineteler's eye.