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Thread #97381   Message #1917076
Posted By: Azizi
22-Dec-06 - 06:44 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Who's this 'Shine' guy?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Who's this 'Shine' guy?

Lemme try that again...

Here's the definition of toast that is given on


Also, here's some information that I found for Arthur Pfister from a 2006 writers workshop:
"Arthur Pfister {New Orleans}a former Writer-in-Residence at Texas Southern University, has had his works appear in such diverse publications as The American Poetry Review, The Minnesota Review, and The New Orleans Tribune. Presently, he is professor of English at Southern University at New Orleans living in Connecticut due to Hurricane Katrina".


I'm curious when Pfister first composed this version of Shine & The Titanic. Certain cultural references in Pfister's version of can be used to date it. For example, this version couldn't have been composed before Nixon's Impeachment in 1974. Also, this version of Shine & The Titanic couldn't have been composed before the television program 1974-1979 Good Times [the line that references JJ and Thelma, characters on that show]. And this version couldn't have been composed before author Alex Haley popularity [probably as a result of the 1977 tv series Roots].

If I had to guess, just from these three references, I'd date this version as being from the late 1970s.

Pfister's version of Shine & The Titanic has numerous historical and contemporary mainstream American and "in group" references. Among the "in group" {African American references but specifically Louisiana African American} are "I'll be sittin' with my baby just a listenin' to the Train" [Train=Jazz great John Coltrane ] and "You can be Tarzan and Rambo and Jungle Jim/But that's one iceberg that sure ain't slim [a referent to Iceberg Slim]. The lines "Going to wear orange and gold and purple and green/Go runnin' with the Injuns] refer to New Orlean Mardi Gras colors and the Mardi Gras Indians. The line "You might like Chaka, you might like Rufus" refers to the R&B vocalist Chaka Khan and Rufus . And the line "Even Leon Spinks know you lying through your toofus." is refers to heavy weight boxing champion Leon Spinks who wasn't known for his intelligence.

And there's more references than this in Arthur Pfister's version of Shine & The Titanic.

Kudos to Mr. Pfister!