Tom Lehrer Is Dead...Er...Alive And Well And Living In Cambridge, Mass.
April 10, 2014 2:55 PM Subscribe
posted by briank (64 comments total)
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I know what you thought -- you saw the name Tom Lehrer and thought "Shit! Obit thread! I loved that guy!" Well, sailor, it's your lucky day because he's not dead yet, he's 86 years old and still hanging in there. At least that's what this surprisingly in-depth and clickbait free article at BuzzFeed has to say
. He's notoriously shy of interviews and did not do one for the reporter here, nevertheless you'll learn all about his brief-but-illustrious career and why he tossed it all away at a relatively young age.
I shouldn't have to tell people here much about Tom Lehrer
, we've mentioned him plenty of times before
. Many of you will know him from being featured frequently in the Funny Five on Dr. Demento's radio program. Those broadcasts leaned more toward his so-called "sick" humor songs like "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park"
and "Masochism Tango"
, so you may be less familiar with his topical tunes from the 1960s such as "Werner Von Braun"
and "So Long Mom, I'm Off To Drop The Bomb"
, or maybe you didn't even know that he wrote songs for the 1970s PBS series The Electric Company like "Silent E"
Because he *is* 86, it probably won't be much longer before there is an actual obit thread for him, so don't let your finger get too far away from the ".", but that day is not today.