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Ep 57: Second Chances

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1 ) Rod Hull and his Emu, publicity shot 2) Astronaut John Glenn 3) Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer 4) Alcides Moreno Before his 47 Floor Fall 5 -6) The Groesbeck Dodge Caliber in the Spanish Fork River (Spanish Fork Police Dept).7-8) The Hatbox Baby (Sharon Elliott) just after she was found. 9) Sharon Elliott now.

 

Background:

Sometimes we get a second chance and sometimes it seems we had no chance at all. What we can count on getting is a cycle of the heartwarming followed by heartbreak, the mundane punctuated with despair and assuaged by moments of joy. But greater than our earthly concerns, the cycle of life continues. Birth follows death as spring follows winter. And within this cycle, every once in a while just to keep it interesting, the wondrous happens. Whether you view the seemingly impossible as merely a coincidence, as a mistaken observation, or as proof that miracles do happen and that love never dies the choice is up to you. Which one sounds like more fun?

Tonight’s Quote:

“It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.”

— Voltaire

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The Dark Myths Collective

http://darkmyths.org

Credits:

Episode 057 – “2nd Chances” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short. Copyright 2016 (last one of the year!) Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 48: Choose Your Own Adventure

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1) David Sullivan and his wife Denise (the original Sully & Denise) 2) An original ad for 343 East 74th St where they lived during the 2nd story he tells. 3) Exterior Picture of ‘The Forum’ at 343 East 74th 4) Streetview of the Lobby of 343 East 74th, where the window fell. 5) An Etching of the Convalescent Hospital on Hart Island, 1877 (PD) 6) Aerial View of Hart and City Island 7) Hart Island Sign 8) Vintage Aerial View (PD) 8-12) Archive Photos of Activity on Hart Island (PD) 13 & 14) Recent pictures by Flickr User Adam Moss (CC by 2.0) 15) Recent picture by Flickr User David Trawin (CC by 2.0) 16) Another picture of Coffins going into a trench (PD) 17) Sully & Denise from SNL 18) Old Yeller!

 

Background:

Tonight we are joined by an old friend of Scott’s, David Sullivan, or Sully to his friends. Sully has had some interesting things happen in his life, especially when heard through the filter of Astonishing Legends. He relays a few stories that start out pretty light and get progressively darker and darker as the show continues, and by darker we mean real dark. So if you’re in the mood for an episode that evokes images of rabies, fate, the forgotten dead and sociopathic behavior, tonight’s episode is just for you.

Tonight’s Quote:

“A scarecrow is just a hoodlum who marked the cards that he dealed, and pulled a gypsy switch out on the edge of Potter’s field.

—Tom Waits, Potter’s Field 1977

We’ve found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing clickable URLs of each link to make things easier for our listeners!

The Dark Myths Collective

http://darkmyths.org

Credits:

Episode 048 – “Choose Your Own Adventure” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “ARC.” for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 14: What’s Gotten Into You?

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Technically an invasive species has to kill off a pre-existing species to meet the definition of being invasive. After you hear this episode, we’ll be you’ll agree there are some things though that should be classified as invasive no matter what.

Background:

Tonight we talk with two guests. One who may never spend the night in New York City with a window open again, and another who although his Texas doctor was ultimately shot to death by a jealous husband, has a story about a visit to his practice a few years earlier that eclipses that event.

 

Tonight’s Quote:

“Two-legged creatures we are supposed to love as we love ourselves. The four-legged, also, can come to seem pretty important. But six legs are too many from the human standpoint. ~ Joseph W. Krutch (Author, Critic, Naturalist)

 

Forrest Loves the Venture Brothers, and They Seem to Love a Lot of the Same Topics We Do, So Here’s Another Juicy Tidbit from Them

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Interesting Facts:

Jerry Browning’s father was Master Chief Petty Officer on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) for 3 years. The Forrestal was named for the first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal. Mr. Forrestal was the gentleman who multiple witnesses claimed showed up on Saipan to either rescue Amelia Earhart and her navigator, or if determining they were dead, perpetrate a colossal cover-up. Listen to our two part special on Amelia Earhart if this intrigues you.

Jerry’s doctor, Dr. Kenneth Dooley was gunned down on July 4th, 1984 by Fort Worth District Fire Chief Joe Dinkins after he found out Dr. Dooley was having an affair with his wife Paula, whom he also shot and killed. Dinkins is set to get out of prison soon, and Dr. Dooley’s widow just passed away in February of this year.

Credits:

Episode 014 – ‘What’s Eating You?’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Photos: Jerry Browning, copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 – All rights reserved, New York’s Super Cockroach – AP, Candiru PD, Ceti Eel Courtesy Khan Noonien Singh, Earwig and European Chafer (June Bug) – PD, Article on Dr. Dooley’s Murder (Newspaper Archives)