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44-04-14 Blue Tooth's Offering Scheme

  • Russell asks permission to have Blue Tooth Johnson visit so they can work out his scheme: he hopes to raise eyebrows in church by wrapping the dollar bill he'll receive for his birthday around a wad of green paper so it looks like he's putting a huge offering in the plate.  
  • Russell: Strong men will turn pale and women will swoon. 
  • Articles in the newspaper mention Mrs. Barlow Froolp and Howard McFalper, Carl D Feetstroop.  Russell refers to Cracky Otto. - compiled by Barbara Schwarz, edited by Jimbo Mason
Chicago Sun (Feb. 14, 1943)
This trick does seem Russell-like and not Rush-like.  There is a definite difference between the boys, despite the fact that it was about this time in the series when Rhymer tried to confuse his audience into thinking they were the same boy (this 1943 episode is a perfect example of this) despite going on record in various magazine articles and saying Rush was not going to be replaced.

Blue Tooth must be 14 or 15 years old; he gets a dollar for his birthday.  You wonder what a 14 year-old kid would say today if he/she were given only a buck for their birthday present?

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