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View Diary: R.I.P Peter Bergman (Firesign Theatre) (71 comments)

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  •  Life-changing radiodrama (6+ / 0-)

    I was a teenager just getting up for school when I turned on Larry Josephson on WBAI, and the first FST recording had just come out.  Larry must have known about them because they had been doing a show on Pacifica's LA station, but we hadn't heard them yet in the east.  

    So there I was, lying in bed not wanting to get up, and I heard that voice.

    This is side five.  Follow in your books and repeat after me as we learn our next three words in Turkish.
    Towel.
    Bath.
    Border.
    May I see your passport please?

    Weird.  But then it got to Beat the Reaper and I was totally hooked.

    A few years later, a few friends and I got together for a weekend at the beach where the rule was to not say anything that wasn't a Firesign quote.  It did not limit the conversation, and it worked.

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