Posted by SR on September 23, 2004
In Reply to: Absent-minded professor posted by lee young on September 23, 2004
: Could anyone tell me how "absent-minded professor" first started out?
Johann Georg August Galletti (* August 19 1750 in Altenburg; March 16 1828 in Gotha) was an German historian and geographer. In the present Galletti's fame is not based on his merits as a academic, but on his reputation as a creator of a few hundreds of stylistic howlers becoming a legend as Kathederblüten (teacher's howlers) originated during his time as a grammar school professor in Gotha. So he was named the absent-minded professor of Gotha.
It is also a Disney movie from 1961 starring Fred MacMurray and "Flubber."