Thanks for the fascinating discussions about preservation & archiving, which
is tangentially related to my question: does anyone know anything about
Kermit Schafer, the "blooper" man? I know his general bio and the fact that
many of his recorded bloopers were, in fact, re-enactments or reconstructions.
However, any more specific knowledge about his collection, about the business
of "party records" (or about Jubilee Records, the label that put out the
blooper records), or about technical aspects of blooper collecting, would
be greatly appreciated. No tidbit is too small.
I am working on a popular account of the natural and social properties of
speech slips and speech disfluencies for Pantheon/Random House, due out
in Spring of 2006. Thanks to people on this list, I discovered that the
first (and still-extant) word recorded by Thomas Edison on the "Around the
World on the Phonograph" is "uh." I'm moving now into a chapter on the back
story of Schafer's work.
ps. I live in Austin, and while I can't offer you a place to stay, I'd be
willing to trade entertainment recommendations from a local for talk about
"actualities" and any of the Schafer-related stuff above.