Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 261

By David Gans

Grateful Dead Hour by David Gans

Week of September 20, 1993

OREGON TRAIL MIX

Grateful Dead 8/21/93 Autzen Stadium, Eugene OR
BIRD SONG->
PROMISED LAND

Grateful Dead 8/21/93 Autzen Stadium, Eugene OR
w/ Huey Lewis, harmonica
TRUCKIN'->
GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL->
SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING

"Oregon Trail Mix" is a radio play written by Jack Ellis and featuring the voices of Jack Ellis, Mary Weatherly, Sue Ellis, Ken Nordine, and me. We went to Eugene to broadcast the August 21 and 22 shows live on KLCC (with tons of help from KLCC's "Dead Air" hostess Deb Trist and other KLCC staffers), and Dan Healy thought it would be fun to create a piece of radio drama for the occasion. Dan played it over the PA at Autzen Stadium, too!

Huey Lewis was in town to appear as Elvis Presley (!) in Ken Kesey's play "Twister," which was presented at the Armory not far from Autzen Stadium. The play was a weird twist on "The Wizard of Oz"; I wish I remembered anything about the play.

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Thanks for listening! David Gans
gdhour [at] dead.net

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Jack & Sue Ellis

If this is the same Jack & Sue Ellis, he worked on KMPX-FM in San Francisco in probably '69 thru '71. In about '74, he was part of a station, KSML-FM (Secret Mountain Lab) on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. I ran into once in Forestville, California in the early '80s and he was taping the Dead around the bay area and living up there in Sonoma County, about 50miles north of the city. Good man with a really warm smile. I just typed his name in seach here, and this came up. Peace, Love & Happiness to Jack Ellis & family

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thanks david

I didn't go to this Eugene run but I am diggin the Truckin, Schoolgirl, Smokestack. And the Oregon Trail Mix was a cool addition to this show. Thanks for posting this show.

later

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trail mix

reminds me of the ol' fireside theatre skits, puns n'puns o fun, where ever u go there u r

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Parking lot sticker

Oh, yes... Forgot to post this one that was in my
closet....

Woody

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"An Empty Mind...

is Nirvana's workshop!" Great web site (for Ken Nordine)! I really enjoyed "The Mind Reader".

Thanks again, David... you've been a most gracious host (as well a good sport). "See" you around (and around).

"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."

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Ken Nordine

Ken Nordine co-hosted the New Year's Eve 1990 and 1991 broadcasts, and he's one of the voices on Sirius Satellite Radio's Grateful Dead Channel. And of course, a legend in his own right for 50 years now.

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White Parachute

One of the first news feeds about the discovery of (possibly) DB Cooper's parachute commented on the fact that the color of the parachute found was white, the same as DB Cooper's... *rolls eyes and imagines a similar scene*

"Y'all got any leads?"

"Leads, yeah, sure. I'll just check with the boys down at the crime lab, they've got four more detectives working on the case. They got us working in shifts! Leads..."

Great show, Gans! I never got enough of Bob doing "Smokestack Lightning" over the years I followed the band. Also, I think that the Dead were so cool to play with other artists, whenever they had the chance. I usually found there to be a special energy at those shows.

Also, one of the voices of the "Trail mix" segment sounded familiar. Were either Jack Ellis or Ken Nordine (I think Ken's is the voice I'm recognizing) involved in other radio themed skits of similar genre?

Thanks again!

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Those Eugene Shows were a great time

Thanks for the memories... Those Eugene shows and
the parking lot camping in my 1972 Winnibego was a great time....
I just remember taping the shows then going back to the RV
and listening to the shows again.... Then, we ran the battery
dead listening to music after the show and had to get a
jump to get back on the road... What a hoot...

Cheers

Woody
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Jack Ellis

Jack Ellis is a pal of Dan Healy's who worked with us on the Eugene broadcasts. I think he worked with Dan on his radio station, KERG, up in Redway back in the day. Fun guy! Gans/GD Hour blog
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Radio

Out on the road to West Marin...

Radio Play's are something that should have never gone away. I have been living in Europe (Sweden) for the past six years. One of the things that I miss is great radio. Yes, I can listen, and do, on the internet. At the sametime it is not the same as tuning in with the faint touch of the hand, driving further to get that perfect reception, or even better, sitting in your backyard on a Sunday listening to what comes up next. Just a thought.

The Eugene shows in 93 were great, though.

Sam

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