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"alley oop"

Posted by ESC on April 17, 2006

In Reply to: "Alley oop" posted by pepi on April 17, 2006

: where and how did "alley oop" originate

There was a comic strip by that name.

"Cartoonist Vincent T. Hamlin developed an interest in fossils while working on advertising layouts for a Texas oil company in the early 1930s. When he decided to try his hand at a comic strip, the prehistoric past suggested itself as a topic. He named his Stone Age hero after words used by French gymnasts and trapeze artists ("Allez Oup"), surrounded him with supporting characters (girlfriend Ooola, pal Foozy, antagonist King Guz, pet dinosaur Dinny, etc.), and started sending the whole menage out to syndicates..."