This story about a date with Lorne Greene that my mother told me a few weeks ago embodies what we hope to do with the nascent Big Something Radio Program: It starts with something simple like a rice diet and then leads to a providential encounter with a B-plus-list television actor and an unforgettable date to see one of the greatest rock & roll singers of all time.

We beg you to listen to this story and then to the instructions that follow on how you can help us build this radio program right here in the Pikes Peak Region with nothing but this seed/Lego of a story. We’re thrilled that we’ve already heard from someone who went out on a date with David Prowse (Darth Vader) and an individual who recorded an interview with Lorne Greene on the set of Bonanza in 1965. This is amazing!

All the instructions for how to contribute your story follow at the end of the story or you can listen to yesterday’s explanation.

Bonanza!

NOTE: The Big Something phone line, (719) 434-3656, is working

Mom’s Lorne Greene Story

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

14 Responses to How a Rice Diet Led to Janis Joplin With Lorne Greene

  1. Joyce Cheney says:

    It sounds like KRCC is going to get its own, local version of This American Life (my favorite NPR/PRI show) Excellent!

  2. Liz Arnold says:

    What a fun idea! Loved hearing Nancy’s story, and look forward to listening in on other adventures!

  3. Kelly Murphy says:

    Fantastic Noel – LOVED IT!!!! I thought it was interesting how you asked your mother whether she repaid the “favor” to Lorne or not and then segwayed into the Bonanza soundtrack…

    I’m really looking forward to listening in the future – maybe I’ll recall a story of my own :)

  4. david says:

    I find myself shocked and awed, layered atop the usual chocked and odd.

  5. Noel Black says:

    Yes, we all owe a huge debt to This American Life. And we certainly hope to do things a bit differently. It may not always be “stories” per se, for example. But we’ll see. We just want it to become whatever it wants to become. Fun so far.

  6. Nancy Wilsted says:

    I hope your new show is a great success and doesn’t require any further defamation of my character.

  7. awd says:

    Bonanza. Good stuff.

  8. Mary H says:

    Lots of good little seeds in that article… suprise encounters with famous people; extreme diets; what parents will do to.. I mean for… their kids; what you don’t (want to) know about your parents; and what’s ok then & now. I’ll have to put on my story cap & pick one. :)

    Don’t worry about TAL. Everyone loves a good story. Personal stories are irresistable in any format. I’m looking forward to a great starship ride!

  9. Jan McMillan says:

    Thanks Noel and Nancy!!! We had great fun listening to this little segment of Nancy’s life that we who have known her for over 34 years had never heard either! Who knew!

  10. [...] Atherton on An Earth Day Suggestionhiker gal on An Earth Day SuggestionJan McMillan on How a Rice Diet Led to Janis Joplin With Lorne Greene Recent PostsA Date With Darth Vader Thu 4.22.10Free Song of the Day, 4/22/10: "The Body Breaks" by [...]

  11. [...] of our constantly evolving Big Something Radio Programme, local retiree Mike Matthews tells his own Lorne Greene story. It’s a story about youthful dreams, a brush with fame and … well, give it a listen [...]

  12. [...] KRCC Flickr Photo GroupThe Big Something» The Name Is Matthews: TBS Radio Programme Part 3 on How a Rice Diet Led to Janis Joplin With Lorne GreeneDr. Joseph Uphoff on KRCC Flickr Photo of the Day, 5/21/10: “Shanna Henderson 06 14 2007 [...]

  13. [...] stories The Big Something Radio Program.Update: Listen to Part I of the Big Something Radio Program HERE, Part II HERE and Part III HERE. Filed under: KRCC,Stories,TBS,The Big Something Radio Program [...]

  14. [...] era of radio modernity!Part I, How a Rice Diet Led to Janis Joplin With Lorne Greene Click HERE to listen to Part I.Part II, A Date With Darth Vader Click HERE to listen to Part II.Part III, The [...]

News

NPR
October 22, 2014 | NPR · The dearth of water in this state is showing no signs of easing. Officials have introduced plans to revamp the water rationing and distribution systems until the rains come. If they ever come.
 

Courtesy of Trends in Parasitology, Fornace et al
October 22, 2014 | NPR · How is a rare strain of malaria spreading near cities in Southeast Asia? That’s the question that’s been puzzling a team of scientists. And they’re using drones to find the answer.
 

NPR
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.
 

Arts & Life

Luma Bites
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that’s literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It’s just basic food chemistry, folks.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it’s announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.
 

Music

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It’s all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
 

Mountain Stage
October 22, 2014 | NPR · The West Virginia natives, both widely respected in the world of string-band music, perform live.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 22, 2014 | WXPN · The rootsy folk-rock band formed after its singer heard a harpist through his apartment wall.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab