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Clear-Com speaker station & flour; King Biscuit

Discussion in 'Question of the Day' started by derekleffew, May 7, 2009.

  1. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    What connection does a Clear-Com speaker station have to wheat flour?
     
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    I can't even pretend that I know what's going on here. I haven't a clue.
     
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    They're both served with gravy?
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Yes, it's obscure, but something anyone using Clear-Com (on Harrison St. in San Francisco in 1968) should know. I believe [user]STEVETERRY[/user] is an old soundman...;) Others?
     
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    why a speaker station? Ok I am just trolling for hints.
    why "wheat" flour?
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Doesn't have to be wheat flour. Could be all-purpose flour, possibly bread flour, but probably not cake flour. No more hints until an old soundman buzzes in.
     
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    A speaker station is known as a Biscuit.

    However, that did not come from Clear-Com. The name was invented on Broadway in the 1950's, probably by Masque Sound.

    The best part was that the input connector to the biscuit was a female parallel blade 120V Edison connector, wired right to the speaker! Cables were male-to-male Edison!

    ST
     
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    Interesting. One of Clear-Com's early products (1973?) was the "King Biscuit" KB-100 speaker station:

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    Picture from http://www.clearcom.com/support/manual_pdfs/manuals_party_line/manual_pl_kb100.pdf . The "KB-" prefix is still in use, even for Clear-Com's latest products.

    This explanation: Origin of RTS and The Biscuit - The Church Media Community seems to somewhat support Mr. Terry's claim; but a box made out of a biscuit tin is a little far-fetched, one would think.

    I was (still am) trying to draw a correlation between the speaker station and the King Biscuit radio show: King Biscuit Flower Hour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, sponsored by the King Biscuit Flour Co., Helena, AR.
    Maybe there's no connection, but I still suspect there's a story there.:)
     
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    What doesn't go well with gravy!
    Now I feel hungry.
     
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    Oh man, now I could go for some biscuits and gravy!

    I think that the wheat flour bit is a bit of a stretch though.
     
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    That is exactly where the King Biscuit (KB100) name came from (or so I have been told by someone who has worked for Clearcom for 25+ years)

    At the time Clearcom only made beltpacks and they were approached by the King Biscuit Flower Hour and asked for a speaker box that could be used on stage.

    Charlie Butten (The guy who invented the Clearcom Party line System) designed one for them and it was called the King Biscuit.

    [Edit by DL: from What's Old Is New Again: Products of the Past :
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    Next time I talk to Charlie I will see if I can get more info on the full story.

    I have a KB100 on my desk. I will take a picture of it when I get a chance and post it here

    ***Edit*** Pictures added

    I have also been told by another long term Clearcom employee that the KB100 wasnt made for the King Biscuit Flower Hour just named afer it. I will see if I can get the full story from Charlie.

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    it's grainy! hahahahah

    but I would love some biscuits and gravy
     
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    Acording to Charlie it was named after the King Biscuit Flower Hour but not made for them.
     
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    I wouldn't eat any of those if you want to keep your teeth... And the EGG would probably cause internal bleeding if you aren't used to eating glass.
     
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    I thought we'd established that this didn't...

     

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