Revenge of the Nerds

nerdsRevenge of the Nerds came out in 1984, when I was ten. My first memory of having any awareness of the movie came in junior high, a couple of years later, when two boys in my class became Lewis and Gilbert.

Craig and Justin were from a neighboring town that had its own elementary school. For junior high (grade 6 – 8) and high school (grade 9 – 10), kids from that neighboring town were bussed over to my town. Because of this, theoretically, Craig and Justin could have started their schtick sooner and I just wasn’t aware. Regardless, when I say these boys became nerds, I mean they called each other Lewis and Gilbert, they communicated with each other through quotes from the movie, they purposely tripped down the hallway and dropped things to seem more nerdy. Even while interacting with others, they mimicked the nerd laugh, the nerd voice, the nerd mentality.

While you might be thinking boys will be boys, and perhaps this isn’t all that unusual, you are right. However, consider for a moment that these boys, Craig and Justin, emulated Lewis and Gilbert all through school. That means they were nerding out for at least seven fucking years, maybe longer. Hell, maybe they are still doing it today. Now that, my friends, is some serious commitment to a shitty 80s comedy.

Craig and Justin, wherever you are, I salute you.


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