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Three Awesome Things I Heard (almost)(about) today.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Three Awesome Things I Heard (almost)(about) today....
* A Mets connection to MLK.

Our season is essentially over, except to act as spoilers for the teams still in pennant races. It's got to be hard to keep things interesting when you're in charge of broadcasting the final month's events, but longtime Met voice Gary Cohen always finds a way.

I've met Gary once, and he's a genuine, unpretentious soul who turns off The Voice off-camera so he sounds just like the rest of us when the red light isn't on.  Through random chance earlier today (during a Torchwood break from the marathon I was working on), I caught a minute or two of what turned out to be yesterday's game- and which warmed my heart for those fleeting seconds.

The Mets are in DC this weekend, and thus the thoughts in the booth turned to the 50th anniversary of events there in 1963, including Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.  Gary reported that his mother was in attendance at the March on Washington- itself a nice but not especially notable fact. Plenty of white Northeastern liberals were supportive of the cause back then. But only eleven, at most, of them could lay claim to flying from New York to DC on a 12-passenger prop plane to attend the March and hear the Speech. Gary only recently discovered that his mother was on that plane...

And the white Northeastern liberal count topped out at 11, because.... Jackie Robinson was also on that flight from NY to DC for that occasion.

Wow. Just wow. Even Keith didn't have any comebackers to that. I certainly don't. Good on you, Mrs. C., and blessings to your son for finding the moment to share the story with us.

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*Here's an even earlier moment I heard about today, from a combination of Facebook and NPR:

This weekend's Wait Wait broadcast was recorded live, two days ago, at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts. As is their custom, the show, when it travels, reels in a guest of local color for the "Not My Job" segment.  When we saw the show recorded live in Syracuse a few years back, it was SU basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Tanglewood required something pithier, so they brought on classical pianist Emmanuel Ax, to answer three questions about something he presumably knew nothing about- in this case, about Axe body spray.

Here's a link to the entire segment, but the transcript tells the tale of what I and the rest of the nationwide audience only partially heard:

In a London ad agency meeting to work out the campaign for the Axe brand, which of the following was proposed as the line for an attractive woman smelling a guy wearing the body spray in question?

(a) "Goodness! I would like to mate with you this very moment!"

(b) "Hey! Did something sexy die in here?"

or

(c) "Bom-chicka-chicka-wow-wow!"



(c), which Manny got wrong, although he did win by nailing the final two questions. Yet, unknown to the national audience, an LJ friend reported that Carl Kassel serenaded the assembled audience with his own dulcet tones of "Bom-chicka-wow-wow," which itself would have been worth the price of admission, no matter what it was.




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* And then there's awesomeness yet to come.

Neil Gaiman mentioned, on his most recent blog post, that he is contributing to a Back to the Future moment of sci fi amazement next month.

Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series has morphed, and moved, and more than once shrank compared to its original awesomeness, since I first became aware of the original BBC radio broadcasts not long before meeting Eleanor (who also knew them). There have since been televised adaptations (not all that good) that we've seen; a collected print edition of the scripts for the various series (mostly making fun of how many entities now constitute the original "trilogy"); and the Disneyfied Major Motion Picture that finally came out of Development Hell in 2005 after quite possibly killing DNA from the stress of the re-birthing process.

Ultimate Arthur, played by Martin "Watson" "I Am Not an Hedgehog" Freeman, has stated that the movie franchise is now deader than a ded thing- so there's therefore, now, nowhere to go but back:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live! Based on the novels by Douglas Adams.

"It's a big thumbs up... A fun ride." Daily Mail ★★★★

Following a smash hit UK Tour in 2012, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is back in this ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before - packed with laughter, really wild sound effects, a live band, HD projections, and drinks with extremely silly names. Joining Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and Hitchhiker's favourites from the legendary Radio and TV casts, will be a VIP Guest Voice Of The Book (Neil Gaiman on Saturday and Jon Culshaw on Sunday).


Apparently, Marvin will only be appearing by voiceover from prior broadcasts, but that's okay. Brain the size of a planet, and he's clearly got better things to do.

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thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: September 1st, 2013 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You might want to pick up the audiobooks of the Hitchhiker's 'trilogy;' the 1st is read by Stephen Fry & the others are read by Martin Freeman. I have them all apart from Mostly Harmless and the readings are fantastic. :)
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: September 1st, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Audiobooks just don't do it for me. They take infinitely longer and are harder to retrace steps in.

Now maybe Stephen could pull it off....
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: September 1st, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Both are excellent readers; Freeman's voice is very soothing, I find.
urbpan From: urbpan Date: September 1st, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alexis and I were also at that Wait wait taping, and that segment was tremendous. Manny was onstage for about a half hour's worth of banter and riffing and was unbelievably charming. I had no expectations (and was a little disappointed that the guest was someone I'd never heard of) but couldn't have been more pleased with the choice. It was fascinating to watch the panel trying multiple jokes for each question, and then hearing the edited show yesterday. So much needed to be cut out because jokes fell flat, or were inappropriate, or were call backs to earlier jokes that were cut.

I want to see another taping--Tanglewood is cool, but there were thousands and thousands of people there. I'd like to see how the show interacts with a more intimate audience.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: September 1st, 2013 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could tell from the applause levels that they were in a much bigger venue than usual- maybe their biggest ever. When we went to Syracuse for it, we were in an auditorium with maybe 2,000 people- not intimate, but certainly closer to it.

bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: September 1st, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
We've read The Hitchhiker's Guide. We've heard The Hitchhiker's Guide. We've even, to our infinite regret, seen The Hitchhiker's Guide.

Isn't it time for something *new*?
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: September 1st, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I fear we've reached the HHGTG Event Horizon.

It'll be nice evolving into a bird.
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