236. “A Sporting Wager at the Middle Management Club”
May 26, 2010
Q: I read—and enjoyed—a Nat Lampoon story (back in the 1980s, but it might have been in an older issue) about A Sporting Wager at the Middle Management Club… or was it a Gentleman’s Wager? It was about traveling around the world—a take off on the old idea of Around the World In Eighty Days—only today with air travel and so on it was not the transport but the borders that were the challenge. So one of the characters is charged with traveling around the world with lots of potential contraband in his luggage: a baby kangaroo, a Douglass fir tree, men’s magazines, prescription drugs, etc. Hilarity ensues and so on…
Does that ring a bell? Am I going mad?
A: The info you provided made it pretty easy to find when I did a text search of the National Lampoon Complete DVD-ROM: It was “A Sporting Wager at the Middle Management Club” by Ted Mann from the May 1981 (Naked Ambition) issue. (Coincidentally enough, this story had a character with the name “S.W. Goatlips IV”, which just came up a couple questions ago.)
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