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The Bashing of Bullwinkle

Published: June 25, 2010

Norman Reilly Raine (June 23, 1894–July 19, 1971), best known today as the screenwriter for the 1938 epic film The Adventures of Robin Hood, also wrote the once-popular Tugboat Annie series. First appearing on July 7, 1931, more than 60 short stories were published over a span of 30 years in The Saturday Evening Post. The series inspired several films and one television adaptation.

What made it such an enduring series, even to readers today, is the character of Tugboat Annie. Her accents, forceful personality, and witty insults keep the laughs, especially when she faces off against Bullwinkle, her arch nemesis on the high seas. This short story, “The Bashing of Bullwinkle,” is the first time Bullwinkle makes an appearance in the series, and the confrontation is memorable.

Read “The Bashing of Bullwinkle”, by Norman Reilly Raine [PDF].

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  • Wade Joseph Habshey

    Thank you for your question, Nancy. We post the top two runners-up as honorable mentions. You can read them at saturdayeveningpost.com/limerick.

    -Wade Joseph Habshey
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  • Nancy Mitchem

    The website that you suggest for the list of runnersup for the limerick contest, does not
    seem to have any list on it. Can you tell me how to log on to the list of runners up for the July/August edition? thank you