This recording by the Firesign Theatre is from their radio show Radio Free Oz. I was fortunate enough to have been able hear some of the these shows on KPPC and KRLA. Where some of their better story-driven recordings show their talent as writers, Dear Friends show the FST's talent as great improvisers. These 4 or 5 Crazy Guys are pretty quick-witted!
The material on this recording may be some of the earliest examples of the works of the Firesign Theatre, but it was the final cache placement in this series.
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This cache took me forever to find the thematically appropriate place to place the hide. It seems there a far too few friends in northern Nevada. It finally hit me between the eyes while Nevada Wolf and I were driving around Carson City.
For some reason, the best accuracy I got while taking the coordinates was 20 feet. Maybe it's the power lines directly overhead.
You may have to hunt for this one for a while since there are so many possible hiding places within that 20 foot area.
This is one in a series of caches based on recordings by the Firesign Theatre.
There were 17 caches in all. You can see the Bookmark List here to check out the original caches. Initially, these caches all held clues to find the final cache, The Firesign Theatre: 4 or 5 Crazy Guys but since so many of them have been archived, the puzzle is now impossible. I (NevadaWolf) am removing the puzzle portion of this cache page. If you are working on the final cache, email me through my profile and I'll send you the coordinates to the final until I can figure out something to make of it.
The Firesign Theatre
The Firesign Theatre have won three Grammy nominations, two of them for Best Comedy CDs in 1998 and 2001. Both these works, "Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death" and "The Bride of Firesign," take place on-the-air, combining a mastery of audio production with the entertainment techniques of radio's historic "golden age."
Firesign got its start on the surprise "underground" hit, "Radio Free Oz" in 1966. Within a few months, the "Oz" boys landed a record contract with Columbia and began writing, producing and performing a series of LP's (currently reissued on CD by laugh.com) that would strike the psychedelic funny bone of a generation. By the time they sold out Carnegie Hall in 1974, they had gone past cult status and were entering the language.
Favorite bits from Firesign's 1970 radio series were collected on the best-selling LP (later CD), "Dear Friends." Collectors have scoured eBay for rare copies of the later "Let's Eat!" series and many other unreleased radio shows and broadcast performances. Long-time NPR listeners may remember Firesign's unconventional "Campoon Chronicles" coverage of the 1980 Presidential election for "Morning Edition."
The quartet may be seen performing some of their classic sketches, including "Nick Danger" and "High School Madness," on the recent Rhino DVD, "Weirdly Cool." Some fifteen CDs, collecting their work from 1967 to 2001, are currently in print, several of them on labels from Australia and the U.K.
You can learn more about the Firesign Theatre at www.firesigntheatre.com.
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