See You Next Wednesday

A long time ago, I noticed that several John Landis films contained references to the phrase “See you next Wednesday” (often as a movie title). I never thought much about the source, but assumed it was some sort of inside joke.

Well, this evening, my son and I finally watched all of 2001: A Space Odyssey and saw that it contained a video transmission to an astronaut from his family ending with “See you next Wednesday.” We instantly looked at each other and agreed that that was the source of the reference.

Obviously, if I had really cared, I could have easily found this information on the internet (It’s in the Biography for John Landis on IMDB, has a Wikipedia entry, and there’s even a seeyounextwednesday.com!).

On the other hand, there’s something cool about stumbling across the answer the old-fashioned way.

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