1:20:10 – Doc Sleaze!! Frank Edward Nora!! Chad Bowers!! A fun and funny look at human foibles!! PQ Ribber hosts!

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Released February 2018 on The Overnightscape Underground (onsug.com), an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and clever hosts presenting unique programs, historic archival material, and nocturnal audio

4 Responses to “Overnightscape Central – People Are Crazy (2/19/18)”
  1. Dave in Kentucky says:

    Doc, Harland Sanders opened his first restaurant just down the road from where I grew up, and he did indeed become a Colonel after that, albeit just a Kentucky Colonel, not an actual colonel in the military. He received his commission from then-Governor Laffoon in 1935. I got mine from Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky’s first female governor, proving that the title has little overall significance and zero military significance, since I had never even thought of joining the military. I have heard that it is also possible to be commissioned a Kentucky Admiral, which seems odd for a landlocked state, although the Ohio River (which belongs to Kentucky, by the way) is certainly navigable by riverboats, etc.

    As for the Captain of Captain & Tennille, he was not the first piano player to adopt the style of hat that earned him that nickname. Count Basie wore one late in his career, and he was neither a captain nor a count. (For that matter, Duke Ellington wasn’t a duke.)

  2. Chad Bowers says:

    Colonel Dave, It is an honor. I’m not sure they made it out of Alabama, but there was a great fast food chain in Alabama called Colonel Dixie, they had hamburgers and their special dixie dogs. There is still one open in Mobile, but I believe it is the last. They have a rundown, can’t believe its still open kind of feel to them, as you are eating, you look at the state of the place, the food, and the workers and you think, my God, this isn’t safe. The chili can be strangely therapeutic after too much consumption, it has that ability to reset the system.

    Doc, your laughter is infectious, hope you are getting better every day.

  3. Doc Sleaze says:

    I vaguely remembered that Colonel Sanders’ ‘rank’ was actually an honourary title of some sort. We have a lot of similar titles here, the commonest being the honorary doctorates from universities which allow people to style themselves ‘Doctor’, (although, to be fair, the overwhelming majority don’t). Also, of course, the knighthoods and peerages given nowadays are, strictly speaking, purely honourary, as they aren’t hereditary and don’t bring any land, money or position with them.

    Confusingly, I’ve encountered, in the course of work, several people who actually have ‘Lord’ or ‘Prince’ as their given fore name, which has created both confusion ans amusement. As for the title ‘Captain’ it is, to be absolutely pedantic, only ever an honourary title in maritime terms. Merchant ships have a Master in charge of them, who has to hold a current Master Mariner’s certificate issued by a recognised authority. They are entitled to be referred to as ‘Captain’, although it isn’t obligatory. (The military confuse this by having an actual rank of Naval Captain, the holder of which may not be the captain of a ship. Indeed, most ship’s captains in the world’s navies don’t actually hold the rank of captain, they are usually anything from a Lt to a Commander, but by convention referred to as ‘captain’).

    To be slightly serious, there’s nothing wrong with people using titles such as ‘count’, duke’ or even ‘captain’ as nicknames (In my case, the ‘Doc’ derives from an old nickname). I only have a problem when such titles are used for the purposes of misrepresentation, (which I’m not saying Colonel Sanders himself ever did, but corporate advertising might subsequently have done).

    We seem to have gone off into a strang, albeit fascinating, digression! Oh, and I’d love to be a Kentucky Admiral!

  4. Dave in Kentucky says:

    I’m afraid I have no influence with the Kentucky Navy, else I would certainly recommend you to our Admiralty, Herr Doktor!

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