Who said it?: The Bearded Lady
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the little known black comedy Freaked. Released in 1993, the film was written and directed by Alex Winter of Bill and Ted fame. He plays a former child star named Ricky Coogin who is captured and turned into a freak by a mad scientist played by Randy Quaid. Here, he and the other humans the scientist had experimented on try to escape from the circus they’re all imprisoned in.
The quote is while the other sideshow attractions are introducing themselves and how they wound up there. The Bearded Lady (played by Mr. T) explains he was a manly trucker but he never felt comfortable with it. The mad scientist changes him into a full-fledged woman (but he does keep the beard). After telling his tale, the Bearded Lady says she’s happy with who she is now and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Never let social convention dictate who you are. Be who you always wanted to be and, despite people questioning your choices, you will ultimately be happier and more satisfied with your life.
From: Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey
Who said it?: Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan and, together, they are Wyld Stallyns
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, which is a sequel to the highly successful late 80’s movie, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In this movie, instead of travelling through time like in Excellent Adventure, Bogus Journey has the duo of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan touring the afterlife.
The quote comes from the very end of the movie. During their final concert, the Wyld Stallyns give a short speech detailing how they’ve been all over time and even to different spiritual planes. After saying that, both of them deliver the quote.
Geek wisdom: We all like to reminisce about the past and the good ol’ days as well as look to a brighter future and all the places we’ll go. However, we always tend to look at the present. We sometimes feel that the best times are all behind us and we can even postpone our own happiness until we achieve something. We can forget that the past and future don’t really exist; the only time we have is the present. So, make the present the best place you can be in.
From: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Who said it?: Bill S. Preston, Esq.
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the excellent movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (see what I did there?). In the future, Earth enjoys living in a utopian society based on the ideas of The Two Great Ones named William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. (played by Alex Winter) and “Ted” Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves, before he knew “kung-fu”) who, together, form Wild Stallyns. However, this future is endangered as the duo, in the present (well, 1989 in the film), are failing history class. If Ted fails, he will be sent to a military academy, breaking them up. In a mission to prevent this, Rufus (played by the late George Carlin) goes back in time to help them.
In order to pass the class, Bill and Ted convince historical figures throughout time to come with them to the present (still 1989 in the movie). However, at one point, they get sidetracked and visit the future. When they arrive, the residents gather around for a chance to see The Two Great Ones in person. Unsure of what to say, Bill manages to give the line before Ted closes it out by saying “Party on, dudes!”
Geek wisdom: No truer words could have been spoken. The idea to be good to everyone is something that we should all do. If we did, there would probably be no wars or hate, no famine or no pain. The world would actually be a utopian society. Sometimes, even the most simple of minds can produce the most thoughtful of wisdom.