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Old 03-13-12, 06:27 AM   #1
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Peter Bergman has passed on

The acoustic genius that was the Firesign Theater is no more. Peter Bergman has passed on.

Firesign Theater

I guess that George Tirebiter has gone for his meeting with Mack Sennett.
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Firesign Theatre created a lexicon of absurdity that shaped a part of my worldview. The relentless out of context punning was both hilarious and some how deeply insightful of Viet Nam era America.

I still find FST fresh and relevant.

Peter Bergman, I hope you are following that bouncing yellow line to Nirvana.

Caution: There may be a word or two that some folks may take the wrong way. Let's be safe and call this NSFW

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EAT IT!

-you bet

EAT IT RAW!!!

-(ahem) Rah rah rah! That's the kind of spirit we have here...
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My buddy was a big fan and introduced me to the Firesign. Never thought it was funny, clever, or interesting. Him and his smokin' buds used to listen to the record over & over. By the time he played it for me, the record was just about blank.
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Is this real?

Which reel?

The last reel...

of this vintage motion picture "High School Madness"...
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I wore out an 8track of Bozos...
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The wildest job I ever had was at a pizza parlour in L.A. The entire crew was Firesign crazy. All day long we would do quotes from all the records, call and response style, with different people doing different voices when quoting. The only exception was the week when we were showing the film Wizard of Oz, then the entire staff turned into Munchkins. Customers must have wondered as they waited for their pizza and heard lines like "Our God is a Mighty HOT DOG!"
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The acoustic genius that was the Firesign Theater is no more. Peter Bergman has passed on.

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Firesign Theatre created a lexicon of absurdity that shaped a part of my worldview. The relentless out of context punning was both hilarious and some how deeply insightful of Viet Nam era America.

I still find FST fresh and relevant.

Peter Bergman, I hope you are following that bouncing yellow line to Nirvana.
Thanks for the information. Recently I had this chat on the Fifty Plus Forum:

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… a favorite quote of mine as to how we find our way in the world is “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”…

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Appear to be what?

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Since this is a Buddhist proverb, I guess the answer might be, "Appear to be." or to quote the Firesign Theater, "Gee-You,-Are-You?" (spells GURU.)

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or"don't crush that dwarf,hand me the pliers
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Uh Clem: "I think we’re all Bozos on this bus.”

Barney: “My mother was a Bozoette in school.”
Hey freedomrider1,

Who knew that you are a Firesign Fan? I was huge in the 1970's and have occasionally re-listened in the past year. I was so big a fan that long passages of dialogue are burned into my memory, and several phrases come up in my everyday conversation, like:

“What have you done for ME lately ?”

“They didn't ask questions like that back in 1776.”

“I am he of whom we speak.”


Several years ago my wife bought tickets for the 25th anniversary tour show of Firesign here in Boston. It was mostly people just like me, graybeards knowing all the dialogue and sporadically shouting out seemingly absurd phrases like “More sugar!”.

FYA, here’s the URL of a definitive Firesign Lexicon:

http://www.faqs.org/faqs/firesign-th...lexicon/part1/

…Well so long for now, ("The longer the better") but just remember, “Everything You Know is Wrong.” Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

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Here's an appropriate quote from Wavy Gravy at Woodstock.

"We're all bozos on the bus, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride."

And the FST took it as inspiration.
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Being a kid who grew up reading dictionaries for fun (I was looking for the sexy bits, mind you) the origin of "bozo" was fascinatin'!

From the Spanish "vos oteres" meaning "the others" But being a Bozo was really kind of in. You gotta start young if you're gonna stick it out.
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R.I.P. Peter , very funny and smart man.
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