Remember the story of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving? Constantly scolded by his wife for leading an idle and worthless existence, she becomes thoroughly angry with him one day and drives him from the house. In the face of a terrible storm Rip wanders toward the mountains. There he meets gnomes who give him some magic schnapps to drink, and under its influence he goes to sleep for 20 years. A 20-year-long nap away from a nagging woman may sound appealing to men, but in this case after waking up, he finds his wife missing, his house dilapidated, and the world much changed.
Gumby is a legendary green clay animation figure, modeled by Art Clokey, who lived one great adventure after another with his best friend and sidekick, Pokey. Full episodes of The Gumby Show, a popular TV series from 1956-1968, are still available through Amazon and YouTube. By the way, do you remember The Howdy Doody Show? It was the leader in children’s programming in the 1950’s and it is where Gumby got his start. I remember the programs my brother and I watched together with great affection!