Geezer Reference?

Cidu Bill on Dec 1st 2012

I just want to hear from the under-40s for now, please…

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49 Responses to “Geezer Reference?”

  1. f Dec 1st 2012 at 11:54 am 1

    Yellow Submarine, the Nowhere Man. He’s a poet, too, IIRC.

  2. Ian Osmond Dec 1st 2012 at 11:58 am 2

    Does 38 count? Barely under 40, but I love YELLOW SUBMARINE. To be fair, I was raised by hippies.

  3. Kamino Neko Dec 1st 2012 at 12:27 pm 3

    Hell, no, Yellow Submarine is not a geezer reference.

    Granted, I and most of my friends are animation fans, and most of us are also Beatles fans, so we fall into exactly the group that would know it, but since we range from early 20s to mid-30s, we not geezers, neezer.

  4. MA Dec 1st 2012 at 12:34 pm 4

    I am 40 and I didn’t get it. I’ve never seen Yellow Submarine and there’s not enough to connect it to Nowhere Man if you don’t know the visual.

  5. Jeff Dec 1st 2012 at 02:01 pm 5

    34. I had no idea. I’ve heard of Yellow Submarine but I’ve never seen it.

  6. Jenn Dec 1st 2012 at 02:17 pm 6

    37. I got it. I don’t think being a Beatles fan is necessarily an age thing. Sure, numbers dwindle in younger generations, but you’re either a big enough fan to have seen “Yellow Submarine,” or you’re not.

  7. Elyrest Dec 1st 2012 at 02:34 pm 7

    I’m a geezer so I’m not supposed to answer, but I didn’t get the reference at all. Love the Beatles music, especially the song “Nowhere Man”, but I have never seen most of Yellow Submarine. I’ve seen a few cuts, here and there, and one of my brothers had a yellow Submarine lunchbox, but I didn’t pick up enough to be able to tie any of this comic to it.

  8. Jeff S. Dec 1st 2012 at 02:43 pm 8

    I’m a geezer so I’m not supposed to answer, but I TOTALLY got it. It looks just like him too.

  9. Logan Dec 1st 2012 at 02:44 pm 9

    28-year-old Beatles fan here. I loved the Yellow Submarine movie.

  10. James Schend Dec 1st 2012 at 02:54 pm 10

    Geezer. I think its safe to say most in my age group have heard of Yellow Submarine, but probably haven’t actually seen the film. 34.

  11. Arthur Dec 1st 2012 at 03:32 pm 11

    Geezer here. I didn’t understand it when I read it as part of my
    daily comics fix. But when you gave it the geezer tag, it suddenly
    made sense, even before reading other people’s explanations.

  12. 1958Fury Dec 1st 2012 at 03:44 pm 12

    I know enough about Yellow Submarine to get the reference, but I haven’t seen it since I was very young. I’m 39.

  13. Gg83 Dec 1st 2012 at 03:54 pm 13

    Didn’t have a clue, and I’m 29. I’m in the group that James Schend mentioned–I’m familiar with the song, and I’m aware of the film, but I haven’t actually seen it.

  14. Woodrowfan Dec 1st 2012 at 05:23 pm 14

    Can geezer’s talk now? It’s almost 4:30 and we’re missing the early bird dinner special! 53 here and I got it. but then, I have a Yellow Submarine 2012 calendar in my office at work and loved the movie as a kid…

  15. Kilby Dec 1st 2012 at 05:39 pm 15

    I first saw Yellow Submarine on 20 Jan 1969 (my parents decided that we should do something special to distract ourselves from the odious incoming resident of the White House). A few months ago (43 years later), I received the DVD edition of the film for my birthday. I quite enjoyed seeing it again, but my enthusiasm was totally eclipsed by my pre-school-age son, who developed a fanatic appreciation for the movie (although he tends to refer to it as “The Blue Meanies“).

    P.S. According to the business cards that the Nowhere Man passed around to the Fab Four in the movie, his full name was “Jeremy Hilary Boob, PhD.”

  16. Kamino Neko Dec 1st 2012 at 06:12 pm 16

    ‘Ph.D’, according to Ringo, being pronounced ‘Fud’.

  17. Mark in Boston Dec 1st 2012 at 10:08 pm 17

    A gallery near Boston had a Peter Max show. I showed the advertisement to a friend of mine and he said “I never really liked Yellow Submarine.”

    Not that I’m a fan of Peter Max, but I kind of feel sorry for him, always being blamed for that movie he had nothing to do with.

    Not that the Beatles had a lot to do with it, but they WERE in it, for a few seconds near the end.

  18. Bob in Nashville Dec 1st 2012 at 11:39 pm 18

    I’m 50 and I didn’t get it.

  19. Carolyn Dec 2nd 2012 at 12:14 am 19

    CIDU and I reluctantly fit the geezer tag at 45. VERY reluctantly.

    Totally unrelated but I’m annoyed that when I mis-typed my name by one letter in the name field it suggested a different name. Don’t you
    know me by now iPhone? Why would Caitlin (a name I’ve never
    typed on my phone before now) be your suggestion over the name
    I’ve typed in that field a thousand times?!

  20. Scott E Dec 2nd 2012 at 12:54 am 20

    I’m 30 (31 in two weeks, technically). I get it, but I’m a massive Beatles fan.

  21. Sal Dec 2nd 2012 at 01:45 am 21

    total geezer here, got the reference and saw the film, and liked the comic

  22. turquoisecow Dec 2nd 2012 at 01:57 am 22

    I’m 31 and I got it. I saw Yellow Submarine when I was in high school. :)

  23. guero Dec 2nd 2012 at 02:13 am 23

    I guess I’ve out-geezered everyone. My befuddled old mind thought it was a Blue Meanie, and couldn’t figure out the joke.

  24. rain Dec 2nd 2012 at 02:41 am 24

    Jeremy. His name was Jeremy.

  25. pepperjackcandy Dec 2nd 2012 at 03:08 am 25

    46 here and I saw Yellow Submarine once on television when I was very, very young, but don’t remember much about it.

    At least I think that was it. Apparently there was also a Beatles cartoon television series at one point?

    At any rate, I didn’t get it.

  26. Wendy Dec 2nd 2012 at 08:47 am 26

    I’m 40 and had no clue. I am familiar with the song but have never seen the movie.

  27. DemetriosX Dec 2nd 2012 at 08:56 am 27

    I’m 50 and I didn’t get it at all. Of course, I haven’t seen Yellow Submarine in over 30 years and didn’t like it all that much in the first place.

  28. jbledsoe Dec 2nd 2012 at 08:57 am 28

    I’m 45, didn’t get it. But I never watched Yellow Submarine either.

  29. The Bad Seed Dec 2nd 2012 at 10:18 am 29

    This nearly-50-year-old had no idea what the reference was. I guess I was too little when it originally came out to retain details (I did see it because I have much-older siblings), I was the kind of kid who only watched things once, and my Beatles fandom is pretty exclusively reserved for the music.

  30. amo Dec 2nd 2012 at 10:36 am 30

    I think it depends on who your parents are. My mom is really into watching movies in general and so I was exposed to a wide variety of film. I’m 27 and I’ve already made plans to inflict Yellow Submarine on my now 2 year old when he’s old enough along with a host of other older movies. I also listen to the oldies station.

  31. chuckers Dec 2nd 2012 at 11:14 am 31

    My 6 year old recognised him (couldn’t remember his name) but I have inflicted the movie and the iBooks book on her at a rather early age.

  32. Powers Dec 2nd 2012 at 11:26 am 32

    Sorry, Bill. Looks like it’s not a geezer thing. It’s just “Who’s seen Yellow Submarine” and who hasn’t.

    Powers &8^]

  33. Joshua Dec 2nd 2012 at 01:06 pm 33

    I’m 40. I’m familiar with the song and aware of the movie, but I’ve never seen the movie so I didn’t recognize the character.

  34. Keera Dec 2nd 2012 at 03:37 pm 34

    What Powers @31 says. With the added comment, “…and can remember any of it”. Because I sure didn’t!

  35. Tom Knapp Dec 2nd 2012 at 04:47 pm 35

    I’m 46, so of course I got it … but I’d like to note that my stepkids, now 15 and 20, would both get it, too. It’s hard to know when kids are at that age if you raised ‘em right, but I can proudly say I did THAT bit right … they were watching Yellow Submarine a decade ago, and they loved it.

  36. Angela Dec 2nd 2012 at 06:39 pm 36

    35 here and judging from the comments it looks like it has more to do with whether or not you’re a Beatles fan. I’m not, and had no idea. Although I was vaguely aware that there is a yellow submarine movie.

  37. Boise Ed Dec 2nd 2012 at 07:57 pm 37

    Carolyn, 45 is not geezerhood.

    I saw and enjoyed the movie, when I was just out of college, but I failed to recognize the Nowhere Man here. Who knows, maybe I was stoned when I saw the movie.

  38. Jen Dec 2nd 2012 at 11:43 pm 38

    I’m extremely under 40 and I got it. Lio seems to be aimed mostly at the certain sect of my generation which would understand this kind of reference.

  39. The Vicar Dec 3rd 2012 at 04:26 am 39

    I got it, but only because I’ve seen so many references to the film that I went and watched it via Youtube. Or, at least, as much as I could stand. It’s a lousy film, with or without the Beatles’ mediocre, overrated music. (If you ask me, the fact that people apparently liked the film when it was released says a lot about the pervasiveness of drug use at the time.)

  40. Dan W Dec 3rd 2012 at 09:03 am 40

    26, no clue what’s going on here.

  41. chemgal Dec 3rd 2012 at 11:41 am 41

    40, had no clue until I read the comments

  42. chuckers Dec 3rd 2012 at 09:16 pm 42

    “Frankenstein?”
    “I dated his sister.”
    “His sister?”
    “Yeah, Phyllis”

  43. Molly J Dec 7th 2012 at 08:23 am 43

    Old Fred: Don’t pull that leever!
    Ringo: I can’t help it. I’m a born Leeverpuller.

  44. MissFreudianSlit Dec 10th 2012 at 07:08 pm 44

    27, and I get it!

  45. Arthur Dec 10th 2012 at 10:20 pm 45

    I just found out that “yellow submarine” is a slang term for marijuana. Does
    anyone here have a reasonably definitive answer for whether that term was in
    use before the movie?

  46. Boise Ed Dec 15th 2012 at 10:33 pm 46

    Arthur [45], I had never heard grass called “yellow submarine,” but then I’m one of those nerds who actually remember the 60s, so I’m probably not a good source for this bit of trivia.

  47. Elyrest Dec 16th 2012 at 12:45 am 47

    I remember the 60’s, but I was a kid so maybe it doesn’t count. There are parts of the 70’s that are a mite fuzzy though and I’ve never heard of the term “yellow submarine” being used for marijuana/grass/dope/pot/etc. either. Maybe I’m either too young or too old to have heard it.

  48. Kilby Dec 16th 2012 at 08:06 am 48

    @ Arthur (45) - It all depends on the reliability of the linguistic source. I doubt that the usage you mentioned had any sort of significant distribution, more than likely it was just another silly invention by some idiot attempting to garner 15 seconds of fame via the Urban Dictionary.

  49. Kilby Dec 16th 2012 at 08:18 am 49

    P.P.S. (@15, not @48) - Even though I still enjoy the music (and the movie), Yellow Submarine was nothing other that a low budget maneuver to cash in on the Beatles’ popularity. The fundamental artwork had a certain amount of inspiration, but the script is plodding and slow, and the quality of the animation is dreadful, not even as good as the substandard junk that Warner Brothers had sunk to producing in the mid 60’s, and nowhere near as good as the animation classics of the early 50’s. Having watched the movie again a number of times in the past few months, the sheer number of coloring and movement errors is simply astounding.

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