Tarheeltalker

” Mongo Loves Beans”

I don’t often get requests to do a post on a particular topic, in fact, today may be the first time. So, of course, I had to comply. First, some historical background. In 1974, comic genus Mel Brooks made a classic movie entitled Blazing Saddles . Appearing in the movie  along with Brooks were Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder among others. We are most interested however  in Alex Karras who played Mongo.

Mongo  was described as more of a what than a who. In his own words, he said ” Mongo only pawn … in game of life” . There are many wonderful things I could have  described from the movie, but I want to zone in  on one particular scene in which Mongo may or may not have  appeared. But it is this scene , along with an episode of NCIS, that will bring us full circle.

In the movie , a group of cowboys are enjoying a delicious meal of beans, in fact enjoying too many beans, too much. As beans are  wont to do, they created sounds and aromas all their own. Adolescent boys of all ages still delight in indulging these proclivities of the humble bean.

Fast forward  to NCIS, season 6. In an episode entitled South By Southwest Gibbs and DiNozzo(NCIS movie genius extraordinaire) go  to the Arizona desert in an  attempt to solve the murder of an NCIS agent. Sitting around a campfire, like the movie, the local sheriff offers them beans. DiNozzzo immediately responds with “Mongo loves beans” and fortunately for all concerned declines to indulge.

Thanks to this happy co mingling of cinema and television , I  have a co-worker(who shall be nameless, since he is not alone) who from time to time adopts the persona of Mongo. Let us just say that Alex Karras would be quite proud of his protege. Once again proving the old adage that one never quite outgrows his juvenile years.

Wonder when it’s appropriate to teach my 8 and  3 year old grandsons about the legend of Mongo? Oh well, they certainly don’t  make movies like this anymore.

Mongo ( Courtesy flickr.com)

Mongo ( Courtesy flickr.com)

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June 2, 2009 - Posted by | Media | , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Mongo Mongo Mongo lovves beans

    Comment by Andre | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you Mongo for visiting my humble blog. Please come back anytime!

    Comment by Tarheeltalker | June 6, 2009 | Reply

    • thats ok Mongo JR.

      Comment by Andre | June 18, 2009 | Reply


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