Teed Off

Wynand Mullins told a New Zealand travel magazine that he was asked to take off his T-shirt because other airline passengers found it intimidating.

His t-shirt read: “Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Can you imagine anyone not getting that reference to The Princess Bride? Instead of asking Mullins to take off his shirt they should have made the person who complained put on a shirt that says, “I am Feckless Twit. Prepare to fly.”

Of course, sf fans have been tweaking that reference to humorous effect since the day the movie came out.

ConDiego, the 1990 NASFiC, became a byword for haphazard convention-running after fans were handed a typo-riddled Program Book which misspelled the hotel’s name, the guests of honors’ names and even the con’s own name – that in headline type, as ConDigeo. Most fans responded with a crotchety sense of humor. Someone coined a Princess Bride wordplay: “My name is ConDigeo Montoya. You killed my weekend. Prepare to die!”

As for Inigo Montoya/Mandy Patinkin who said the original line – he eventually left the Dread Pirate Roberts business to work for the CIA (i.e., Homeland).

[Thanks to David Klaus and Steven H Silver for the story.]