I just finished watching the incredibly disturbing two-part episode of Little House on the Prairie (or LHOTP to us nerdy folk) where Laura has a baby brother. I can't even bear to type out what happens to the baby brother, so disturbing is this episode. At one point, Charles and Caroline take the sick baby brother to see a "specialist" in "Mankato." The name of the doctor is never mentioned on the show, but when I watched the credits, I saw that his name was "Dr. Mayo."
Hmm. It would have been exactly the right time period for the original Dr. Mayos (or would it be Drs. Mayo?) to have been around, but they would have been in Rochester at that time. Yes, I actually went online and researched this, because I don't have enough to do. I figure that when kids get to be around three and a half, they can pretty much raise themselves.
Now it's really bothering me that the Ingalls family went to Mankato when they could have gone to Rochester. Then again, the show's version of southern Minnesota involves mountains and year-round greenery (suspiciously like California), so I shouldn't expect the writers to be sticklers for detail. Plus, I suppose if I am going to buy Ernest Borgnine in the role of God, I should probably buy Dr. Mayo practicing in Mankato. With a microscope powered by candles. I guess.
I make fun of Jay for being a Trekkie, but it looks like I have a similar problem. What would I be? A Housie?