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Plimpton Really Would Try Anything

By posted at 4:00 pm on June 27, 2012 4

It turns out Martin Amis wasn’t the only literary gamer. Check out this 1980 Intellivision advertisement in which George Plimpton uses his iconic voice to slam Atari’s lineup of sports games — a full two years before Amis’ book released.

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4 Responses to “Plimpton Really Would Try Anything”

  1. mindy
    at 7:44 pm on June 27, 2012

    And then there’s Plimpton’s video falconry, which you can play (and learn about) here:

    http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/571422

  2. Nick Moran
    at 7:56 pm on June 27, 2012

    Ah, of course. And don’t forget the George Plimpton Hotplate. It’s perfect for soup!

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgw5whN1Uo1qgllp5o1_500.png

  3. Evelyn Walsh
    at 11:01 pm on June 27, 2012

    Hilarious, but also bittersweet. This is the era when you had artists and intellectuals on the Tonight Show, right there with Sonny and Cher or Charo. Can’t really think of anyone today with Plimpton’s calibre who has that kind of household name status.

  4. Nick Moran
    at 8:53 am on June 28, 2012

    It seems the only late night cable shows in the US to regularly bring on writers and intellectuals are The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. I would love for something like the UK’s QI with Stephen Fry to catch on in the States, but that’s a dream.

    I’d probably laugh out of my chair if I ever saw Franzen endorse an XBox, too.

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