Yogi Berra, baseball catcher, urban theorist and aphorism machine, dies at 90
The late Yogi Berra was well-known as a catcher, but better known these days as the spinner of great aphorisms that we use again and again. My favorite is his complaint about a St. Louis restaurant that got really popular: Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded. I use it all the time to describe things like New York's High Line Park or Times Square. Then there is that indispensable planning tool: You can observe a lot by watching. Mike is fond of Deja vu all over again and The future ain’t what it used to be. There's one that Katherine might like about bringing up kids: I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
No doubt his funeral will be crowded; as Yogi noted, You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours. Here are some examples of how we used and misused Yogi's great lines; Credit where credit is due.More in TreeHugger More in TreeHuggerMore in TreeHugger
In 1977 Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp, one of the biggest mini-computer companies said "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home." He claimed he was misquoted, but the quote stuck as a classic representation of a guy so out of touch that he didn't see where his own technology was going. There are a lot of people saying exactly the same thing now about 3D printers, and they are wrong for exactly the same reasons. More in TreeHuggerCC BY 2.0
When I tried to walk the High Line on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in May this year, I could only think of Yogi Berra's line about a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded." I wondered if it was going to be killed by its own success while I marvelled at how well it was done. More in TreeHugger