THE HOO-GA-BACK-A, THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH

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Kelly,

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NGbv8IxCYY

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 joke.

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 the bottom to see this fine oil painting:

http://tomhascallcole.com/art.html

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 Man:

 "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:

tomhascallcole.com/mammoth.html

Yours,

Tom



HERE'S STEVE'S PAINTING OF A HOO-GA-BACKA"