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This article is from the Firesign Theatre: Lexicon FAQ, by Niles D. Ritter ritter@earthlink.net with numerous contributions by others.

Firesign Theatre Lexicon [G]


GEORGE TIREBITER: See {TIREBITER}.

GOLDEN HINDE: A series hosted by Bob {HINDE}. "Welcome to the
wonderful world of Snails and adventure as we board the Golden Hinde".
Based upon a TV show from the '50's. A guy and his wife and family
would travel all over the world, and then show the home movies theytook,
with their narration. This has been quoted several times in {MST3K}.

The `Golden Hind' was the ship in which, in 1577-1580, Francis Drake
sailed around the world. Originally, the ship was named the `Pelican',
but while he was travelling, Drake changed the name in honor of
his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton. Hatton's crest was a golden
hind. (A "hind" is a sort of female deer, more specifically
a female three years or older; especially a female red deer.)

GOON SHOW: A British comedy show from the 50's which had great
influence on the Firesign Theatre. They were British surrealists
comprised of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe (Peter
Bergman worked for a while with Spike Milligan while in England).
A number of FT terms are references to Goon Shows:

Michael Packer writes:

Two FT pieces payed tribute to the
Goons; "The Giant Rat Of Sumatra" an "By The Light Of The
Silvery...". George L. Tirebiter's voice was lifted
directly from a Goon Show character. One of the "Unclaimed
Melodies" (The Spanish Suitcase) is the title of a Goon
script. Lastly, the phrase "It's great to be alive in
1985", originally from the Goon Show entitled "1985",
appeared in altered form on P & B's "TV Or Not TV".

GORGONZOLA: A fearsome {CHEESE}-monster! Mentioned by {BRADSHAW} on a
{YOUNG GUY} Motor-Detective radio show, and elsewhere. See also
{CHEESE}.

 

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