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“That guy doing Potsie is unbelievable”

If you watched the movie “Ocean’s 12”, you may recall a scene where George Clooney and Brad Pitt (well, their characters – but you always know you are watching George Clooney and Brad Pitt) can’t sleep and are watching “Happy Days” reruns – in Italian.

At one point Clooney says “That guy doing Potsie is unbelievable” – referring to the character played by Anson Williams. Was he making fun of him? Maybe, if you want to think that way. “Ocean’s 12” seems to be a series of scenes placed into the framework of a movie and it may be that they actually said that one time and wanted it added in. Maybe, in Italian, they could see things about his acting only other actors could see.

I have those moments. While researching surfactants for an article that only briefly mentions surfactants, I looked at some of the early history and came across a paper by Dr. Sylvia Wrobel, then head of communications at Emory University Health Sciences Center, in the FASEB Journal. It was about the early history of the discovery of lung surfactant, the lack of  which, we now know, caused a lot of deaths in premature babies.  And after reading it I had a ‘the writer doing this article on lung surfactants is unbelievable’ moments so I found her on LinkedIn for no other reason than to tell her ‘nice job’ from a stranger.

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