If you’ve been keeping up you know that my awesome colleague Norie Guthrie recently digitized several boxes worth of old ktru tapes, which can now be listened to here.
A couple of weeks ago I finally had a chance to look at the other boxes in that collection, the ones full of papers. There is, to be honest, some crazy stuff in there.
My favorite file is one a colleague labeled “Internal Staff Banter,” none of which is suitable for a family-oriented history blog. What I can show you, though, is this, which also manages to convey quite clearly something of the culture of the station in that era:
There’s a lot in these files to suggest that ktru and its staff were a bit of a thorn in the side of the administration, perhaps accounting for a certain sense of happy embattlement:
I have rarely enjoyed a collection more or laughed so often while going through one.
Bonus: Excuse me, what month are we in again?? (Thanks to two loyal readers!)
Picture of Reckling must be soon after opening– only one crane in Med Center!
PS. Met Marty Merritt an Hanszen Reunion during Homecoming.
Marty is the best!
No, you are the best! So is Grungy.
The drawing of THEM is from my era of the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. I suspect it was drawn by Margaret Schauerte. I recognize Walter Underwood with the mustache, Jim Fowler with the tinted glasses, John Taylor with the big toothy grin, and Mark Linimon on the lower right. If I remember correctly, Them was a horror movie about ants. I am sure there are some other in jokes in the drawing.
That’s definitely Margaret’s work.
Debbie, I’m surprised you didn’t recognize your own roommate, Laura.
I can make an identity key for everyone in this, if anyone wants one.
Margaret, Wunderwood, Laura Rohwer Derrick, Dave Gutierrez, Mark Linimon
Don Buckholt, Dr. Jim, Taylor, me, Bob Puckette, MonoMan
We could make a separate key for the other visual jokes, too.
I would love to go through that box
Tell me when and we’ll make sure it’s on site.
Yeah, Melissa was probably thinking of Grungy when she posted this. Kind of like the pictures full of old cars that she occasionally posts (…for me.)
THEM was a indeed reference to the movie with giant ants. IIRC, an off-campus residence occupied by a number of ktru folks was known as “Them Palace,” due to the unconquerable ants resident therein. The list of human occupants might have included Buckholt, Margaret, and the late David Butler.