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In this Mathnet installment, George Frankly hints to the Problem of the Passing Parade. He talks of two kidnappers from The University of Michigan. Actually, John Phillips Lousa flunked out of Michigan his freshman year. He graduated from Michigan State. (Where Floyd Tyrone attended college is anyone's guess.)
Had this Mathnet mystery unfolded in Feb. 1990 (as viewers saw it), it would not have been possible for Bette Davis to christen a garbage dump or for Irving Berlin to send a telegram. Both died in 1989. This would have been the ideal time to employ the use of a year in the Mathnet title. After all, from 1967 to 1970, Dragnet always had a year affixed to its title.
The Mathnetters close The Case of the Ersatz Earthquake on Wednesday, soon after a sports broadcast relates college football scores. In the days before ESPN 2, no college football teams played on Wednesdays. Even today, Wednesday afternoons have no college football powers, and certainly not the big powers like Syracuse or Michigan.