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The Pink Panther on Venus: a Horror Tale

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Pink Panther on Venus
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When your creative work lies dormant, it sometimes takes a holiday to get the juices flowing again. And Halloween is arguably one of the juiciest holidays available. So, welcome back to the Sheer Joy of Noise. Mwawah ha ha ha ha….

“The Pink Panther’s Visit To Venus” is one part alien conspiracy, two parts ghost story, and in some ways a coming-of-age tale in which a young feline tries vainly to reconnect with his roots. We learn that the celebrated Pink Panther is in fact from another planet, the Prodigal Son of a dead race of beings. But a journey to his doomed planet reveals a spooky haunted house. The terrors that lie within will test the limits of both panther and human alike…

This master work was recorded in the vicinity of 1983, right around the time of The Ghost of Mr. T, in fact. The similarities are obvious, of course. Both are Halloweeny, dealing with ghosts and spooky rainstorms. (Both of them feature sound effects from the classic Disney album “Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House”) It is the differences that are notable, though. The Ghost of Mr. T seems on the surface a bit more silly and abrupt, yet it simultaneously addresses vengeance and corporate greed.  Conversely, Pinky’s trip to Venus seems deadly serious.  The listener immediately discerns a defensiveness on the part of Pinky, whose trip seems outwardly rather than inwardly motivated; he seems desperate to prove that he is not an actual panther but a mutated Venusian who inadvertently wandered into a pigment mine.  The combined effects of a messy, junk-filled spaceship and unfortunate encounters with spooky portraits, angry dogs and ghosts result in a spectacular failure that is received with indifference, even relief, by the protagonist.

The shrewd listener will note that this recording is supposed to be accompanied by an illustrated storybook. While I recall getting about two pages into this, I never finished it. I invite you to “read along” in an imaginary storybook, with eyes closed. But stay close to the door, in case you get scared and have to bolt.

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October 26th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

The End Of The World: As We Know It (Episode 4)

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The End Of The World: As We Know It

The End Of The World: As We Know It - Episode 4

The final episode of The End of the World has undeniably pushed the envelope, jumped the shark, and run screaming down the streets of the New Culture of Today. Let us now get down to the real root of things with a few old friends; my brother, sister-in-law, and 4-year-old nephew. We'll talk, in depth, about the more disturbing aspects of Armageddon; volcanoes, hurricanes, and the rapid approaching of Unknown Things. But we'll all learn a little something about ourselves, as we discuss the metamorphosis of child, man, the Child Family, and the Family of Man. Literal and metaphorical metamorphosis. Metaphorphosis. Yes.

"The End of the World: As We Know It" is the companion discussion show to "The End of The World", in which I (modern day version) bring together great minds to examine the deeper meaning and symbolism of it all, and speculate upon what might happen next.

Our special guests for this episode are Hugh Scott (Brother), Susannah Wood (Sister-In-Law), and Jasper (Nephew). Special guest appearance by Bea (Niece).

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The End of the World – EPISODE FOUR – SEASON FINALE

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The End of the World

The End of the World - EPISODE FOUR

At long last, we bring you the compelling season finale of The End of the World. Will the compelling questions of yore be finally answered? I guess we'll never know. Unless we listen to the episode, that is.

Join us next week for our companion discussion show, "The End of the World: As We Know It". In this final wrap-up, guest stars Hugh Scott (brother), Susannah Wood (sister-in-law), and 4-year-old Jasper (nephew) will join me in an old fashioned family get-together to talk about metamorphosis, volcanoes, and the future.

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The End Of The World: As We Know It (Episode 3)

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The End Of The World: As We Know It

The End Of The World: As We Know It - Episode 3

I think we can all agree that Episode Three of "The End of the World" was a real shocker, adding new unanswered questions to the fray and pushing raw suspense to a new level. But could it all be the manifestation of a ridiculous psychological disorder?

"The End of the World: As We Know It" is the companion discussion show to "The End of The World", in which I (modern day version) bring together great minds to examine the deeper meaning and symbolism of it all, and speculate upon what might happen next.

Our special guest for this episode is Norman H. Scott (dad).

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February 2nd, 2011 at 11:56 am

Live from 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger

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Live from 1986: The Challenger Tradegy

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. In case you don't know much about this historic event, please travel back in time with me now to 1986, where a young Norm Scott is live on the scene. Yes, your faithful reporter was there, saw it all, and would like to tell you more than you ever thought you'd want to know. But good news! All this time, you were thinking it was a terrible "tradegy". But there is light at the end of the tunnel, as new information is made available. This is revisionist history at its best.

This news broadcast features authentic period music, a commercial break, and soundbites from President Ronald Reagan.

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The End of the World – EPISODE THREE

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The End of the World - EPISODE THREE

Teddy bears. Jumpsuits. And an awful lot of anxiety.

ARE YOU READY?

"The End of the World" is back on the air!

Please join us, soon, for our companion discussion show, "The End of the World: As We Know It", wherein Norman H. Scott will offer up his ludicrous theory regarding the mental stability, or lack thereof, of our beloved protagonist.

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January 19th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

The Ghost of Mr. T – THE EXCITING CONCLUSION

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Tough and Tender

The Ghost of Mr. T - EPISODE 2

In our previous episode, things went terribly wrong with a misguided attempt by N.A.S.A., apparently intoxicated with power, to forcibly send Mr. T on a mission to outer space. But will Mr. T cut through all the jibber jabber and seek his revenge? Find out in this action-packed conclusion.

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October 31st, 2010 at 1:05 am

The Ghost of Mr. T – EPISODE ONE

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Tough and Tender

The Ghost of Mr. T - EPISODE 1

In this spooktacular audio mini-series, Mr. T is forcibly sent to the moon in a mad scheme hatched by evil N.A.S.A. executives. Nothing could possibly go wrong in a scenario such as this, eh what? But after an equipment malfunction... well, let's just say that things might "heat up" a bit.

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of "The Ghost of Mr. T".

Recorded circa 1983.

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October 26th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Meet the Featherstones

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The Featherstones

The Featherstones Sing Commercial Hits

Our annual summer visit with our cousins, Carrie and Andy, was always a highly anticipated event by my brother Hugh and I. Perhaps none was as memorable as the Summer of 1983, for the simple reason that we made a large number of tape recordings. Here, for your enjoyment, is a selection of "cover versions" of popular commercials at that time. Personally, my favorite bit is a song that Andy sang... a fun-loving song about lollypops and skipping ropes... that we later re-recorded, substituting questionable language.

PLAYLIST:
Miller Beer
E.F. Hutton Brokerage Firm
Kraft Mac and Cheese
Tums
Smurfberry Crunch
Andy's "LollyPops and Skipping Ropes"
Alternate Version: "Lollypops and Doo Doo Ropes"

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August 9th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

The End Of The World: As We Know It (Episode 2)

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The End Of The World: As We Know It

The End Of The World: As We Know It - Episode 2

Moving on and looking at Episode Two of "The End of the World", we encounter tuna fish, Alka Setster, and more phantom spirit guides.

"The End of the World: As We Know It" is the companion discussion show to "The End of The World", in which I (modern day version) bring together great minds to examine the deeper meaning and symbolism of it all, and speculate upon what might happen next.

Our special guest for this episode is Grace Scott (mom).

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