third time we've played this game. Rules are simple. Below is a list of well-known characters from popular culture. The question is: Where did they start? For example, the Cisco Kid began life in a short story written by O. Henry, of all people.
On the side in a white box you will see a list of possible origins. Don't assume there is one-for-one match (one character from radio, one from opera, etc.)
Answers at the bottom of the page. Good luck!
Green HornetDetective John Munch
Charlie Chan. Real Life. Sort of. Yes, Charlie Chan made his first appearance in Earl Derr Biggers' mystery novel The House Without A Key (1925), but he acknowledged that the character was inspired by Chang Apana, a famous member of the Honolulu police force. Unlike his fictional counterpart, Apana was not permitted to work on cases involving White people. Biggers and Apana met in 1928, by the way.
is considered an offensive stereotype today - less for the novels than
for the countless movies starring White men in the part - so it is easy
to forget that Biggers was trying to combat the "sinister Oriental"
cliche represented by Fu Manchu, by creating a decent and brilliant
Jiminy Cricket. Movie. The living puppet began in The Adventures of Pinocchio, an Italian children's book by Carlo Collodi, published in 1883. In that book the Fairy with Turquoise Hair gave him a talking cricket as a conscience, which the little wooden brat promptly murdered. So the animal appeared as a ghost throughout the rest of the book.
In a most un-Disneylike twist, Ukulele Ike had also recorded some hokum - which is to say double entendre songs that were only sold to adults "under the counter."
Robinson Crusoe. Novel. Daniel Defoe's immortal novel about a desert island castaway is often linked to the ordeal of Alexander Selkirk, who spent four years on an island off the coast of Chile after being dumped there by his captain.
But Andrew Lambert, in his book Crusoe's Island, argues that the book is a mash-up of the adventures of several maroonees, if that's a word. Defoe never confirmed or denied Selkirk's influence.
included him here largely because many years ago the NPR quiz show Says
You did a round of questions about comic strips, and somehow included
one about the olive wasp: "What was the name of the Green Hornet's
knew the answer. But I was irritated because GH didn't start in a
strip or even a comic book, and you think a radio show would know he
came from radio show. (And by the way, that is a clue to the answer to that