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REPO MAN, ZOMBIES AND THE SMILEY FACE

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REPO MAN, ZOMBIES AND THE SMILEY FACE

Blink and you’ll miss it, but Emilio Estevez wears a smiley face pin in the 1984 sci-fi cult classic, Repo Man. It’s an ironic gesture—his character, Otto, is more indifferent than happy. Even the appearance of aliens doesn’t snap him out of that 1980s funk. Because I am a pin fanatic, this is the highlight of the movie for me.   Today, we know it as an emoticon, and probably take it for granted, but the smiley face and the smiley face pin have a very interesting history, well told in this Smithsonian Magazine article, which I’ll summarize for you here.  In 1963, an...

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