Do Not Adjust Your Set

Do Not Adjust Your Set

Deep into the night during an HBO broadcast of The Falcon and the Snowman in April 1986, subscribers were startled to see the start of the action interrupted by a four-and-a-half-minute transmission from a certain “Captain Midnight.” Over a test pattern, a message...
Science Fiction Redux

Science Fiction Redux

Guest: Shawn Ennis from Stories of Yore and Yours As the spike in sales of neckties and golf-themed tchotchkes tells us, last Sunday was Father’s Day, and no, it’s not the day that sees the most collect calls all year. For one thing, it’s not 1987; who still makes...
Mishmash Mash-up

Mishmash Mash-up

While preparing for a scheduled radio address from his vacation home in California, President Ronald Reagan announced, [clip].  It didn’t go out over the air, but someone had it on tape and slipped it out to the world. Even in the pre-Internet days, the Soviet Union...
Heard But Not Seen

Heard But Not Seen

The question pops up on social media pretty regularly: if you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be.  Most people’s answers have to do with relationships or credit-ruining purchases. My advice to 7, 13, or 17 year old me would be: voice...

Panto to Python – a history of British Comedy

“The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created.  This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”  Thus begins Douglas Adams’ Restaurant at the End of the Universe, sequel to his culture touchstone The Hitchhiker’s Guide...