A Conversation Between Doctors Julius Erving and Jonas Salk – Two Health Care Professionals I Know Very Little About

At left: Dr. Julius Erving; at right: Dr. Jonas Salk; also pictured: some random dudes getting posterized.
Dr. J: Doctor…

Dr. Salk: Doctor…

Dr. J: You cured polio.

Dr. Salk: I did.

Dr. J: Good job.

Dr. Salk: Thank you. Although people don’t know it today, polio was really bad in like the 1930s and 1940s.

Dr. J: I was pretty bad in the 1970s.

Dr. Salk: You’re using the term “bad” the way Michael Jackson used it, right?

Dr. J: I am.

Dr. Salk: That dunk you once did where you sort of jumped from one side of the basket and then dunked it on the other side; that was pretty bad.

Dr. J: Thank you.

Dr. Salk: I am using the term “bad” the way Michael Jackson used it.

Dr. J: I know.

Dr. Salk: You played in something called the ABA.

Dr. J: Yes, it was like the NBA, but it only existed in the ’70s and everyone was on drugs.

Dr. Salk: Like polio, today nobody knows what the ABA is.

Dr. J: The iron lung is a thing that had to do with polio. I know this because of that scene in The Big Lebowski?

Dr. Salk: It says something good about America that more people know about The Big Lebowski than they do about polio or about me.

Dr. J: March of Dimes is a thing.

Dr. Salk: It is.

Dr. J: Another thing about polio that I know is that FDR had it, but nobody knew or talked about it because he always took pictures sitting down. Back then the media was not as invasive about the private lives of public figures.

Dr. Salk: Yes, that is how President Kennedy was able to fuck so many prostitutes without people talking about it.

Dr. J: It was a better time.

Dr. Salk: Yes, it was a better time when polio was still around.