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Appellate Judge Amanda DeWees • Location: Athens, Georgia
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Cultural illiteracy rears its ugly head...
September 7th, 2005 4:32PM

I feel like the Professor in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: "What are they teaching them in these schools?" Today after work I invested some precious gasoline in the drive out to Best Buy to purchase one of the newly released Garbo films. (Happily, I'll be reviewing one of them, but there's another that I wanted to add to my collection.)

The store had been rearranged, so as I wandered about trying to orient myself, an employee, a mere twentysomething, asked if he could help me find a particular title. I told him I was looking for the Garbo DVDs that had been released yesterday, and after checking his clipboard he said he could find out if they had them. "What was the name again?" he asked.

"Garbo," I said, with what I thought was creditable calm. After all, maybe he just hadn't heard me the first time.

"Hmm, is that a director?" he asked.

I did not goggle at him or drop my jaw. I was quite calm--with shock, I suppose. "Greta Garbo, the actress," I said gently.

Comprehension failed to dawn on his face. Instead he steered me to some coworkers. "They're the movie experts," said my guide, apologetically.

Maybe I should have said, "I vant to be alone." But I just told him that everyone should see at least one Garbo film before they die. I'd like to be a fly on the wall when he goes to Vision Video and asks if they have any films by... let's see... was it Garlow? Harbo? Garneau?

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