I've heard the story that Porky and Buckwheat had speech impediments, but I don't believe it. I'm the firstborn in my family, and I heard a lot of "baby speech" growing up. Also, my mother decided I ought to look after her friends' sons from time to time when I was a teenager. I've been around a lot of young children as Sunday School teacher and reading tutor, etc. In my opinion, Porky and Buckwheat just had "baby speech." I knew a seven year-old who still talked like Elmer Fudd, by which I mean to say that children's speech can mature at different rates. Also, I think Porky and Buckwheat were even cuter because of the way they talked. I seem to hear Porky, when he was at his youngest, pronouncing Spanky as "Banky," which is the way many young children would pronounce and "sp" sound. I agree with the Big Chief that we need to remember just how young P. and B. were when they began.
About friendships - - according to the Leonard Maltin's books, the children got along well, for the most part. Some of the adult Rascals recalled Alfalfa's father encouraging him to be aggressive with the other children. Yet Tommy Bonds remembered getting along famously with Alfalfa. Another adult Rascal recalled that the children got along well but that the adults were more likely to jockey for position. I'm still reading Mr. Maltin's book (as well as several others) right now.
There was an article, published last year, saying that the adult Alfalfa was set up and never had a weapon.
So, S_I_A78, how shall you celebrate Buckwheat's birthday? I'd like to hear about that. But I suggest that you not dress like Buckwheat, at least not in his youngest years when he wore that wacky shirt/dress thing and the long shoes with the pointy toes
(those shoes were worn previously by Farina when he was small).