The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #14


Today's Adventure: A small country wedding gets millions of witnesses.

18 comments :

Tempest said...

And everyone looks so serious.


Why?

And look at the cheesy lighting. Makes it looks like a set from Star Trek. All they need is the fake boulders and Spock with his Tri-Quarter.

twister said...

Oh I don't know. I think everyone has a part in their heart that holds the marriage vows as a precious thing and hopes the best for young people making the matrimonial leap. The people in the photo, we must remember, were experiencing the wedding, in the now.

jim smith said...

Who's the guy at the far left?

Maureen said...

Phyllis Diller, Matron of Honor, nuff said.

Robert Fiore said...

Still married in the eyes of God.

By the way, it's a tricorder that Star Fleet packs. A far less sophisticated device than an iPhone.

Greg said...

Jim, that would be singer and jazz guitarist Nick Lucas.

PCtag said...

I heard that when they finally divorced their marriage had yet to be consummated. Tiny never got to tiptoe through Miss Vicki's Tulips.

-vt- said...

Ok, I'm confused. Is that Tiny Tim?

charlie said...

The consummation part is true; TT admitted as much in a Playboy interview. He was a fundamentalist Christian who believed that sex was for procreation only. In the interview, which took place 11 months after the marriage, he admitted that the marriage had not been consummated and that he and his wife slept in separate bedrooms so that he wouldn't be "tempted."

Sad story. She was only 17 when she married him and probably had no idea she was marrying a lunatic.

Greg said...

-vt- Yes. Sorry, it's such a famous tv event I preferred to leave out the info in favor of the caption:

From left to right: Nick Lucas, Phyllis Diller, Miss Vicki, Tiny Tim and, of course, Johnny Carson.

Tom Sutpen said...

Tempest:

Carson once said, in an interview, that NBC was terrified that they'd be accused of making a mockery of the institution of marriage (like any number of sitcoms hadn't already managed that objective), so they were adamant that the thing be carried out with the utmost solemnity.

-vt- said...

Well then, I'm sorry I ruined the party, Greg :)
Actually, I've never heard of this one, and I also thought that Tiny Tim was some underground 'star' who could never be on the Tonight Show with Carson.
But then, I'm european, there are things we do not know :)

Tom Sutpen said...

Actually, I'd say it was primarily through his appearances on 'The Tonight Show' (and, perhaps, 'Laugh-In') that Tiny Tim became nationally known. On television he was presented as more or less a Novelty act. Prior to that, however, he'd been a presence on the Manhattan/Cambridge folk club circuit . . . which does, I think, qualify him as an Underground artist of sorts . . .where he mainly deployed his near-encyclopedic knowledge of early American Popular song.

Tempest said...

Thanks Robert Fiore on the Tricorder correction. All these decades...

Thanks Tom. I'm old enough to remember this event. but your comments bring to mind the movie scene where Louise Lasser and Woody Allan get interviewed by Howard Cosell after they consumate their marriage in the movie 'BANANAS'

Cosell said it best and it could equally be applied to the Tiny Tim Marriage on Carson.


"I think we should leave the happy couple on that note. It's hard to tell what may happen in the future. But they may live happily ever after. Again, they may not. Be assured of this, though. Wherever the action is, we will be there with ABC's Wide World of Sports to cover it. Now, on behalf of Nancy and Fielding Mellish and all of the others who have made this possible, this is Howard Cosell thanking you for joining us and wishing you a most pleasant good night."

By all means the utmost seriousness.

Greg said...

-vt-, of course you know you didn't ruin anything but if you're curious, the entire 90 minute episode can be viewed on YouTube at this link in multiple parts. It's an amazing time capsule of a show, complete with the commercials that accompanied it.

DocM said...

TT would come on TV carrying a paper shopping bag, which I thought was part of his act. However, I happened to see him stepping out of someone's car in Hollywood, with the bag. No act. He was the real deal.

Stacia said...

PCTag and Charlie: Just a couple months after the wedding Tim and Vicki announced were expecting a child, which did not survive. About 15 months after their marriage, Vicki gave birth to Tulip Victoria. You're really saying that 11 months after he was married, when they had lost one child and were currently pregnant with Tulip Victoria, he'd claim he never slept with his wife? Really?

I'll never understand why people say things like that without bothering to do a simple web search first.

Booksteve said...

Geez, I was wondering as I read all these comments if anyone was going to mention Tulip (who is now married with kids of her own).

Nick Lucas, by the way, the man on the other end of Carson's couch, was the original performer of Tiny's signature tune TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS.

And to my recollection I'd have to give LAUGH-IN at least as much if not MORE credit than Carson for making Tiny a household word.