THE HOO-GA-BACK-A, THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH
Days and College Writing
Thank you for these 1958/59 masterpieces
I am very glad to have this first attempt
at litrachoor on my part.
In those days, I thought that scientists
knew the language of cavemen. The word for
Wooly Mammoth was
Hoo-Ga-Back-A. I think there was an
animated cartoon with the cavemen chanting
this and I thought it was a scientific fact.
David Hasselhoff's version of "Hooked on a
Feeling" has this chant through it everywhere.
Wikipedia says he might have got it from
the song "Running Bear." Remember the joke in
elementary school? "Do you like Running Bare?"
Har har. I think you may have told me that
Steve painted a picture of a Hoo Ga Back A
in second grade back when we both believed the
word was linguistic historical fact. We called
this his picture of a Hoo Ga Back A. Scroll to
to see this fine oil painting:
The bank robbery story is the promising
beginning of a fine detective tale. I regret
there isn't more.
Billy Eichenberger's effort was probably
inspired by James
Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young
"Once upon a time and a very good
time it was there was a moocow coming down
along the road and this moocow that was coming
down along the road met a nicens little boy
named baby tuckoo..."
Anyway, here's my new archive on the web
for the story:
HERE'S STEVE'S PAINTING OF A HOO-GA-BACKA"