of Lawrence Brown, November 22, 2006
(LB) Brown was an member of the Berkeley/Oakland/Emeryville,
California branch of Friends of the Phonograph. In
the history of the annual phonograph Friends of the Phonograph
birthday parties, this was the most creative group of friends
I ever had. LB was a charter member of that society and I
don't remember a phonograph party on Fremont Street that he
Phonograph Birthday Party, 1986
"presents" were often given at the Phonograph Birthday
to honor its legacy and my favorite birthday present from
Lawrence was a Crackerjack prize he placed under a small plastic
cover glued onto a ceramic tile. The Crackerjack prize was
a "Magic Window." By placing the Magic Window (blue
plastic) over the special text, the "Answer" was
Q. "Who invented motion pictures? Who invented the phonograph?"
A. Thomas A. Edison invented both.
ten years Lawrence and I played poker games together on Tuesday
night, ate our squeeze burgers and Cheetos, made many trips
to the Black Rock Desert, and shared many other good times.
He had his moods and his eccentricities like all of us but
he was a good friend and his unique sense of humor made him
an unforgettable member of Friends of the Phonograph.
history buffs of the Black Rock Desert Golf Classic it should
be a footnote that the original trophy for that golf tournament
featured a Crackerjack's box - an additional Six Degrees of
Separation memorial to LB via a second Crackerjacks connection
and Friends of the Phonograph.
Phonograph Birthday Party, 1989