Jeff T
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Jeff T asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

What was the context for this Groucho Marx quote: "It isn't necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in orde?

That sentence is attributed to Groucho all over the internet, but as someone who lives in Kansas City, I sure would like to know what he was talking about.

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    It appears that Groucho wrote the line (i.e., "...it isn't necessary to have relatives in Kansas City to be unhappy.") in a letter, dated January 18, 1951, to his friend Goodman Ace (i.e., radio actor and radio/television comedy writer and director).

    The letter is short; it establishes that Groucho's family and Ace's family were close; it reveals that Groucho had received news from Ace that unspecified problems confronting Ace would keep him from writing an episode of "The Big Show," an American radio variety program featuring 90 minutes of top-name comica, on which Groucho was to appear.

    In the course of the letter, Groucho cites several "annoyances"; and he writes, "I only cite these annoyances to show you that it isn't necessary to have relatives in Kansas City to be unhappy."

    For a copy of the letter, please see:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=ZWaas-aCstoC&dq=G...

    [pp. 104-105]

    See also:

    http://www.examiner.com/x-27356-OldTime-Radio-Exam...

    http://www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/en/The_Big_Sho...

    http://www.otrsite.com/logs/logb1002.htm

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