Recognize this building?
It’s Slichter Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus. That probably doesn’t mean much to anyone … except that this building was used as the exterior for the dorm of Rodney Dangerfield, a.k.a. Thornton Melon, in the 1980s classic Back to School.
The Wisconsin campus was used as a stand-in for the fictional Grand Lakes University, so I asked everyone around whether it would be okay if I found a terry-cloth robe and walked across the campus like Rodney. No one laughed. I reckon I need a better audience.
Oh, well, I’ll close with his opening thoughts from the movie:
Hi, there. Are you a large person? Pleasantly plump? A little on the hefty side, perhaps? Well, let’s face it: Are you FAT? When you go jogging, do you leave pot-holes? When you make love, do you have to give directions? At the zoo, do the elephants throw YOU peanuts? Do you look at a menu and say ‘OK?’ Well, now, you can eat all you want, because at Thornton Melon’s “Tall & Fat” stores, we’ve got you covered. That’s right. Fine woolen, and woolen-blend suits and sport coats, in all the larger sizes – husky, stout, extra-stout, and the new Hindenburg line. And for you ladies we have caftans, muumuus, and our own exclusive A-frame in all colors and patterns. Yes, we have miles and miles of fabric. So take it from me, Thornton Melon, if you want to look thin, you hang out with fat people!