Not long after I came on the scene, the comic strip Dennis the Menace was launched and the song with the same title hit the top 40, mortifying my mother, who then wished she’d named me something else. The TV series followed, along with some memorable aphorisms, such as the one climaxing this exchange between Dennis and his long-suffering next door neighbour.
Dennis: [looking at Mr. Wilson’s gold] Is that Pirate’s Gold?
George Wilson: No.
Dennis: Is it real valuable?
George Wilson: Yes.
Dennis: Is that why you keep it in your safe?
George Wilson: Uh-huh.
Dennis: [looks at Mr. Wilson’s safe with a door of fake books] How come that safe looks like books?
George Wilson: How come you ask so many questions?
Dennis: I’ve only been around for 5 years. There’s a lot of stuff I don’t know.
Soul-mates – him and me! I’ve only been around 61 years and there’s still a lot of stuff I don’t know!