This is the first post (I expect to have many more) about the listeners / participants / interviewers / special guests who make up the Future Quake community, and I want to welcome any of them who have found their way to this website. Join in the conversation and propose topics of your own.
Future Quake is a unique radio show. Hosted by "Dr. Future," and co-hosted by "Tom Bionic," the show is broadcast 5 days a week by WENO, an AM station in Nashville, Tennessee. I don't want to characterize it for you; I want to put an edge on your curiosity. If you are in the Nashville listening area, tune in; if not, go to the website (www.futurequake.com) and find the complete archive of more than five years of broadcasting -- just click on "Past Shows." Pick a subject that looks interesting. And when you access one of his audio files, you will be joining literally thousands of people who listen to his show weekly across the world wide web.
When I think of the Future Quake radio show, my mind goes back to the 60s TV show Secret Agent, which helped establish the careers of the singer, Johnny Rivers, and the actor, Patrick McGoohan. I remember one episode in which McGoohan's character becomes the disk jockey/announcer of a pirate radio station located in some abandoned outpost in the middle of the North Sea. He plays the maverick individualist, rather than the urbane establishment-agent James Bond. (While we're here, I urge you to read about Patrick-McGoohan-the-person in Wikipedia -- read about his own personal individualism, incorruptibility, and morals. Be refreshed.)
Which brings me back to Dr. Future. I remember nights in Nashville, traveling with Dr. Future and "Emmett" to the hillside headquarters of the little (but excellent -- but fun) low-power FM station called Radio Free Nashville, getting there about 10 minutes before live broadcast time, and figuring out how we were going to handle two hours of air time. (Future wanted to know what I was going to say, and I couldn't tell him -- usually because I didn't know that far in advance!) I think he did a great job, and I got to put in my two cents worth, too. Go back and listen to some of the early shows, and see for yourself!
But better than replaying those early shows, look through some of the more recent archives and see the stature and quality of his guests. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the chief of staff of former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Judge Andrew Napolitano who has appeared frequently on Fox; Alvin Toffler, the author of the classic book, Future Shock -- oh, I'd better not get started. There is a whole raft of authors, film producers, economists, pastors, and best of all, some "little people" -- I use the term with the highest respect -- who will amaze you with what they are doing, and what they are thinking. Hear them all call it like they see it. Dr. Future asks important questions, seeks significant answers and insights, and always treats his guests, no matter how controversial their ideas may be, with generosity and respect. (What a relief -- talk radio without the tiresome and unhelpful name-calling.)
I've got to tell you that Dr. Future has been a great inspiration to me for many years. What a bold doer and thinker. I began to see it when he was a young student, and I was a young teacher. I have had the pleasure of teaching many fine students, some of them absolute geniuses -- as they have gone on to prove -- but he was one of the first, and one of the most amazing. Of course, I am going to mention his early interest in stock car racing, and the nights that he raced his beloved car, "00," (was it a Buick?) at a figure-eight track on the edge of town. And I really should bring attention to his almost single-handed production of a trilogy of ultra-low-budget movies. And his fruitful years of scientific research for the U. S. military. And his interest in making and operating slot-car tracks.
But more important, from my point of view, is that after he started the Future Quake show, he gave me an education -- first of all taking me with him as a press assistant (were we accredited?) to a convention in Las Vegas, where I got to talk for a long time with the researcher Peter Robbins. This was followed a few months later by a very important gathering in Los Angeles, where I learned a lot, and I got to meet Dr. Stephen Jones, and the authors Webster Tarpley and James Fetzer. And a year or so after that, there was a chance to meet Chuck Baldwin at a political convention in Kansas City.
Dr. Future also introduced me to his friend and co-host, the multi-talented musician and boon companion, Tom Bionic. Last summer Tom and I had a great road trip to Roswell, where he spoke at a small but important convention, and I got to meet a whole bunch of great people, some of whom have been guests on the Future Quake show.
Finally, I just recently ran across some members of the Future Quake listening community in my own home town of Louisville. I know that some of them are already visiting this website. So come on aboard, friends. Comment on recent shows, or propose Future topics. Don't wait for Pyro to be the first one to post.
Hey, that gives me an idea. Maybe we can persuade the good Dr. to show up here. Look for him to appear, sooner or later, in the comments section. And you too, Tom.