Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What Februrary 1st Means To Me: More Birfday fun/Mike Tunflick

My brother is officially one year older today.  The good thing about life is no matter what either of us do, he'll always remain older than me.  Which wasn't so nice back when he was 14 and I was 11, but it's just fine now that we're adults. 

Anyway, yesterday he texted me with one simple term:  Mike Tunflick.  Who is Mike Tunflick, you ask?

That guy

Not this guy...

But this guy...

Not this guy...

But this guy...

It's hard to remember that before Mike Tyson became a weird, troubled footnote in American history, he was the most feared boxer in the world.  But before America got a taste of the darker Tyson, and before Tyson got a taste of Evander Holyfield's ear, he was just the cat quick, tenacious boxer from Brooklyn with a penchant for knocking fighters out in seconds.  And, because of this, he earned what every celebrity dreamed of at the time: A guest spot on Webster.


Seriously, what says fame more than co-starring with Webster?  Not much.  Now, in that episode, Mike signs a pair of gloves, which Webster then ruins by accidentally pouring juice all over them.  Afterwards, the ruined autograph appears to say "Mike Tunflick"

Or so both of us remember.

It could have been "Mike Tunafish," "Mike Tazmanian Devil," or "Mike Ramalamadingdong" for all I know because the epsiode aired well over 20 years ago, neither of us have seen it since, and the only record the internet (YES THE INTERNET) seems to have of it is confirmation that an episode featuring Iron Mike existed (so, at least we didn't hallucinate that).  I'd love to know if the smudged sig actually looked like Mike Tunflick, or if we're remembering it wrong.  Anyone know?

1 comment:

  1. Now that you mention it, I remember the episode. But thats about it.