In the mid-1990s, I toiled at a Borders Books in Westlake OH. One day, Ivan Stang showed up to promote Revelation X, and I did the overhead announcements to lure the consumers/shoppers to the cafe area; I said something about "...and learn the true meaning of Slack!"
Stang advised me to shelve the SubGenius material in the store in the religion section, and I did so. For some reason, Management kept extracting those books from the religion section.
Stand by for another retail anecdote.
The first batch of Pamphlet #1 arrived at the SubGenius Foundation on January 1 1980. It took one year, four months and two weeks for SubGenius to find its way online. This tendency for earliest of early adoption is part of why the combo of SubGenius plus Mastodon makes dobbs.town so great. Thanks to everybody! JOIN... the Church of the SubGenius subgenius.com
Earliest mention of SubGenius online? This from May 15 1981 in the usenet group fa.human-nets ...
"[The Church of the SubGenius] is a cult, but they won't hassle you. They are devo-esque, and extremely humorous. Founded by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, the creed of the SubGenius is: The SubGenius must have SLACK. Send a buck (and your address, of course) and they'll send you some clever literature."
Circa-2013 interview with Reverend Ivan Stang on "To the Best of Our Knowledge" (PXR, Wisconsin Public Radio).
@Dooovall "One Dollar for Salvation" - J. R. "Bob" Dobbs.
@PseudoNovalis I was just given 23 GB of Dali video. It's going to be Daliwood for years to come.
"When you are a genius, you do not have the right to die, because we are necessary for the progress of humanity." - Salvador Dali.
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The next Planet of the Apes film looks great.
@PseudoNovalis hahaha I just saw the cable hackers with the max headroom imposter ass slapping thing.
@ReverendGuimo Definitely approaching Overman levels of Slackfullness.
old and busted: being carried off to the afterlife by Gaiman's "Death"
superior: being carried off to the afterlife by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanth
@HMLivy if you're cold, they're cold, let your poltergeist in this winter.
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