"Are you tattling on someone?" the youth center director said to the little girl waving her hand in line. A grim-lipped nod took the director to the girl. It seemed the two young boys behind her had said the "H-word." They were questioned. Their defense? They were "just saying what Bart Simpson says." For the uninitiated, Bart Simpson, the bugeyed, bucktoothed, spike-haired star of Fox Network's The Simpsons, has sayings emblazoned on everything from T-shirts to bumper stickers, one of which is "I'm Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?"
"I could kill Bart Simpson," said the youth center director, after making the two boys lose their place in line. "One of his other slogans is "Underachiever and proud of it.' Now what kind of help is that?"
She's right. In comparison to language used by other idols this is no biggie. But there's enough to contend with in bringing up today's children without having the star of a new family television series put forth those ideas.
The 13th annual Country Jubilee is calling us at Heritage Park. This free event of the Pinellas County Historical Society takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the park, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Donations, however, are welcome.
If you've never seen this delightful piece of Pinellas history, you'll be transformed by the transplanted village.
The event includes 125 handcrafts exhibitors, several antique dealers, a plant booth, a flea market and food and drink. The 97th Regimental String Band tunes up at 10 and plays throughout the day. Folk singer Bonnie Whitehurst, the Country Time Cloggers, Lakewater Bluegrass Band, the Webb McMullen Banjo Ranch Band and the Sunshine Singers will perform, and Jack Hartmann will present a children's show.
Wait! There's more! Old-time crafts such as spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and chair caning also will be demonstrated. For information, call Ellen Babb, 462-3474.
Interested in opera? Dr. Ira Ross, opera's best friend, begins another of his series of opera talks at Eckerd College's Lewis House at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The informal talks, interspersed with segments of operas, cost $10 for the four-part series, same time each week, and $3 individually. Rigoletto will be the subject of the first two, Aida the last two.
Millie Clark was honored at a banquet Friday night for her 33 years of volunteer service at the Pinellas Park Senior Citizens Center. In fact, she was named "Queen for a Day" for her variety of services to folks at the center. Among those bestowing tributes was Dr. Mel Dinsmore, former mayor of Pinellas Park.
Shining Years, a talent showcase for performers over 50 years old, takes place at 7:30 tonight at Tierra Verde Yacht and Tennis Resort, 200 Madonna Blvd. Golden Encores has put together this show with members of groups you remember from way back when: the Four Lads, the Harmonicats, Rascals and the Rockettes. There'll be vocalists, dancers, comics and instrumentalists, including Caroline's Cuties, a 60s-and-over dance group. Tickets are $7.50 at the door, and two for $10 for seniors.
Do you know an outstanding woman volunteer whom you'd like to have honored? You can nominate her for queen of hearts or princess, and if elected she will be recognized for her efforts at the annual Heart Ball in February.Nomination blanks are available through Alice Radcliffe, 392-0509. Add to the list of events canceled because of the encephalitis scare the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center outdoor concert Friday. Look for more concerts next spring, when cold weather will force out the mosquitoes.
Think Halloween and get that costume together. When you do, parade on over to the Coliseum where there'll be a U-92 Sock Hop and Costume Contest from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. Admission is $12, with the Impacs and the Zoots performing.
Youngsters 2 to 12 are invited to the Science Center's Halloween party 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the center, 7701 22nd Ave. N. Sparkey the Clown will be there with a magic show, and they also can look forward to a costume parade, McDonald's hamburgers, candy and the Trail of Terror. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5, reservations requested at 384-0027