Some Day After Christmas History

The Exorcist opened in theaters on this day in 1973.

Why does that matter to a USC blog?

Because William Peter Blatty was the author of “The Exorcist.” wrote the screenplay for the film and won an Oscar.

But as the picture above from 1958 shows, he worked as the chief of the USC News Bureau in the late 1950’s.

Blatty was a man of many talents and it’s hard to imagine him being satisified as chief of the USC News Bureau but co-workers said he was an enjoyable figure on campus.

Blatty wasn’t just a writer. Here he is pretending to be a Middle Eastern prince on Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life” in 1961.

20 thoughts on “Some Day After Christmas History

  1. I guess you could say Groucho was sorta clever…but can he compare with the sublime wit of Family Feud’s Steve Harvey?
    #PureGold….
    #We’veComeSuchALongWay

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  2. Got to hand it to our handy Scottie for opening another ‘Pearl-of-a-Whirl’ concept–
    Paraphrasing, ‘How do you feel the day after the most-memorable moment in your life

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      1. AND
        WHATS A MIDDLE EASTERN PRICE ??
        IS THAT LIKE A BARGAIN PRICE ??

        OK OK ITS LATE
        SCREW IT !!

        CHARGERS IN PLAYOFFS !

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      2. It’s not a double post, George —it’s an homage to the opening scene of The Exorcist —with identically shaped dogs — one light, one dark—- battling each other.
        #You’reLookingAtHighArt

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      3. I hope your neighbors all got electric cars for Christmas and you’re resolving to play in traffic more in 2023.

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  3. Scott, my wife Carol was best friends with Blatty’s wife
    The Blattys did not foresee how this ‘Unique idea’ of his would shake the movie-world
    But a legitimate ‘Anti-God’ argument only validated the fact that ‘God Is’

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  4. HEY MG JOHN AND ANYONE

    HOW COME WHENEVER BRUINS MAKE SHIT YOU CAN SEE THE MAGGOTS WRIGGLING AROUND IN IT ??
    IVE ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT THAT.

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    1. The BUMMER, Clown U’s official shit inspector. He loves his job and refuses to use gloves.

      #Cotton Picker/Picking Bowl or bust.

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