Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

C. Everett Koop, 1916-2013

If you grew up in the '80s, Dr. C. Everett Koop was the first person you saw who made you realize that some people actually still styled their facial hair that way. (Unless you grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, in which case you probably had some other questions.) And with the possible exception of that lady who got fired because she revealed to the youth of the nation that masturbation would not cause them to spontaneously explode, he is probably the only surgeon general whose name or tenure you remember. He died yesterday at the age of 96, and he probably deserves a more thorough remembrance than some stupid beard joke on a blog, so read this.

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And if you grew up in the 90s, chances are you'll remember him principally from the song in the Be Sharps episode of The Simpsons. "For all the latest medical poop / Call Surgeon General C. Everett Koop / Poop-poopa-doop"

theheckle (#621)

Or if you love SNL's treatment of the gathering of the Juggalos, you'll remember him as the man who will challenge you to a MAYONNAISE FIGHT.

hershmire (#233,671)

Bet he wished he smoked.

Don't forget Father Guido Sarducci's sister-in-law: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonia_Novello

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

“You know, I never changed my stripes during all that time, and I still haven’t,” Koop said. “What I did in that job was what any well-trained doctor or scientist would do: I looked at the data and then presented the facts to the American people. In science, you can’t hide from the data.”

David (#192)

In 1988, Koop, as Surgeon General took unprecedented action in mailing information about AIDS (specifically in relation to its transmission and prevention) to every U.S. household– the first ever pamphlet with a frank discussion of sexual practices and advocacy of condom use– sent to every address in the US.

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