How many of you in the radio business perked up at the news that Peter Bergman of the Firesign Theatre died at 72? I learned as I scrolled through my Facebook page (which has become an increasingly boring exercise of reading about who baked muffins) and came upon a post from an L.A. Times blog; apparently it didn’t make the actual newspaper. What a loss.
To say I was a rabid Firesign Theatre fan is an understatement. Their unique brand of multi-layered comedy and satire affected me like Beatlemania. As my friends and I listened to Nick Danger, Don’t Crush That Dwarf and We’re All Bozos (always under the influence of something mind-altering), I couldn’t stop thinking, “how do they do this stuff?”
The Firesign Theatre was what got me into radio. I wanted to do what they did. So when I was in college I created my own lame imitation of their performances on the college radio station, replete with skits, fake commercials and kooky organ music. How many of you did the same?
–John Brooks, M&A and Financial specialist