Thu, 3 December 2009
The Show Notes
"Traffic" by Tom Vanderbilt
Q&A from Boston
Speak To You
Thanks to Maggie McFee for the Boston audio
Mentioned in the show, and then some:
Evel Knievel at wiki
Evel Knievel, 1971 film starring George Hamilton
available as full download at Internet Archive
Viva Knievel, 1977 film starring Knievel as himself
Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt
Maggie McFee's Whinging on the Internet since 1994
and That dapper lad, video of Geo synching with Pomplamoose
Boston Skeptics home
Video of Geo's live performance on 11/23/09: in two parts.
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Score more data from the Geologic Universe! Get George's music at CD Baby and iTunes, and Non-Coloring Book at Lulu, both as download and print editions.
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Ms. Information says, "I saw that Knievel flick when I was 11 and loved it. I think my age group was the target audience."
I loved my Evel Knievel crank wind motorcycle thing! I remember making it jump a few feet, and I totally remember the spin!!! Awesome. But what happened the most was one of the other kids in my neighborhood had one and we used to race them. I wonder what ever happened to that thing.
My folks always take their Christmas cards to Noel, Missouri (pronounced in one syllable - \"Nol\" - because it\'s southeast Missouri and they\'re hicks) to get their cards done. Some people are so dedicated that they\'ll throw all their cards in a huge envelope and mail it to the Postmaster there for the Christmas cancellation. Not sure why I\'m mentioning that, but there you go.
I used to have one of those Evel figures and they were AWESOME when you were 7 or so. I had completely forgotten about this but listening to you brought memories flooding back. My brother and I used to clear a straight path from my bedroom to the kitchen (about 40-50 feet) and it worked great. Yeah, if you judged it wrong it would go into a tight spin on it\\\'s side. I had no idea other people had a hard time making it work - maybe this is my one true talent and I\\\'ve been wasting the last 35 years! Oh, and you owe me a dollar.
I had one of those wind-up Evel Knievel motorcycle toys as a kid. I don\'t remember being particularly dissatisfied with it, though. (Then again, I also loved the Three Stooges. Maybe I just have low standards.) Anyway, eventually I met another kid who also had an Evel Knievel toy, except he had the newer model where the motorcycle had rocket-engine pods mounted on either side of the back tire. That\'s right: rocket engine pods, powered by the same Sparkler Technology (TM) that operated the plastic ray guns you could buy at the Five-and-Dime. That thing was AWESOME. And it taught me an important lesson: playing with toys is fine, but the real fun comes from playing with fire.
CP- Oddly enough, Mr. Vanderbilt of Traffic says that NEWER cars are statistically more often involved in crashes, BECAUSE they feel more safe. again- the whole counter-intuitive thang. weird. AND- Nope, Ms.Info was not in Boston, but I was interacting with the lovely Kiki Leigh. Wee! Geo
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