Monday, November 16, 2009

Man, 96, holds pre-emptive wake

BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A 96-year-old photographer in Oregon said he decided to plan and hold his own wake prior to his death so he could attend the event.
Hugh Ackroyd, 96, said he held the wake for family and friends Sunday at the Beaverton home of friend Edda Sigurdar, The Oregonian reported Monday.
"Well, why not?" Ackroyd said of leading his own wake. "Why bother when (I'm) dead?"
Ackroyd, a father of two whose wife died about 12 years ago, sat in his padded wheelchair and greeted his friends as they arrived for the event. He said one of his favorite items at the wake was a wreath bearing a ribbon reading: "Eventually, Hugh, rest in peace."
"It's quite magnificent," Ackroyd said of his wake.
Now we can advertise the Bumpers Crossroads episode "Bradbury's Funeral Home" as being "ripped from tomorrow's headlines". Although, Ron, I have to say I'm sorry you didn't think of that wreath.
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Here's a photo from the Portland Oregonian.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

91 - The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft (part 2 of 2)

[Time: 19:11] [Size: 23 MB] [Genre: Horror] Recorded Live at a performance at DragonCon 2009, The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company presents "The Call of C'thulhu" written by H.P. Lovecraft, adapted for audio by Ron N. Butler. This is Part 2 of 2.

Folks, by now you all know about all the stuff I usually post here and the links go on for several posts, so I'm not going to repeat them again this month.  I just want to thank everybody for another (almost) year of great podcasting and appreciation of audio drama.  The fact that you're still listening makes it all worth it.

We've got one more podcast left for this year, in December, and then it's off to 2010.  One goal I'd like to try to achieve for the coming year is more interaction with our audience.  What do you want to hear from us?  How can we improve?  There's lots of changes coming and we've got some interesting ideas, but we want to make sure we're doing the right ideas and changing in the right ways.

So how are we doing?  Everything ok?  We'd like to hear from you, so go ahead and send us that email or comment on this post.

Just two links this month.  First, in the spirit of that increased interaction I just talked about, we've done a survey to find out what you want to hear from us out of the studio next. 

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Phrenotherapy on the go

Apparently they've chosen to go with the "happiness hat" instead of "electroyamulke" or "phrenobeanie".

Is this a joke? I'm not sure, but I don't think so.

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