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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1011  Friday, 23 May 2003

[1]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 May 2003 07:57:09 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1009 Pop Culture References

[2]     From:   Rafael Acuna <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 May 2003 20:44:04 +0800
        Subj:   RE: Pop Culture References

[3]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 May 2003 11:36:41 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1009 Pop Culture References

[4]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 May 2003 10:46:10 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1009 Pop Culture References


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From:           Bob Haas <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 May 2003 07:57:09 -0400
Subject: 14.1009 Pop Culture References
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1009 Pop Culture References

>In a Batman episode, there is a gold bust of Shakespeare near the bat
>phone. Other episodes may have the same bust.

Oh, yeah.  That bust of Shakespeare houses the switch to the wall panel
that hides the Bat-poles.  See, you pull back on Will's head, and it
tilts to display the hidden rotary switch.  Turn the switch and the
panel in the wall -- a faux wall of books, as I recall -- opens to
reveal the Dynamic Duo's fast access to the Batcave.

Cool.  And it's in every episode.  But why a bust of Shakespeare, I have
no idea.  Seems Freud would have been much more apt.

Bob Haas
High Point University

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From:           Rafael Acuna <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 May 2003 20:44:04 +0800
Subject:        RE: Pop Culture References

Oh my. Try Christopher Plummer's performance in *Star Trek VI: The
Undiscovered Country*.

You know, that is an interesting concept: a Shakespeare play with Star
Trek as the setting.

Rafael Acuna

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 May 2003 11:36:41 -0400
Subject: 14.1009 Pop Culture References
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1009 Pop Culture References

>In a Batman episode, there is a gold bust of Shakespeare near the bat
>phone. Other episodes may have the same bust.

This according to resident pop culture maven, Noah Patterson, aka the
other voice on the Poor Yorick phone:

In the series Birds of Prey, which features Batman's daughter and
Batgirl as characters, there's a bar for the "Metahumans" (complicated
plot, don't ask).  The back room is accessed by turning a gold
Shakespeare bust in homage to the original Batman series.

Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 May 2003 10:46:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.1009 Pop Culture References
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1009 Pop Culture References

>In a Batman episode, there is a gold bust of
>Shakespeare near the bat
>phone. Other episodes may have the same bust.

Yes, the bust is always there. Is it meant to be camp like the rest of
the show? A reflection of Batman's intellect? A touch of class? Perhaps
we'll never know.

Brian Willis

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