In the mid-seventies, so much of what we take for granted today was still the stuff of fantasy. You knew it was coming, but it was hard to imagine what it would look like. You had to snatch glimpses of it in books and cartoons and movies, and then extrapolate from those glimpses.
One of the harbingers of this time we are in now was a group called DEVO. (RIP Rob Casale) I remember seeing them for the first time on Saturday Night Live in October of ’78. I was 11, and hearing them play Satisfaction changed my world. You could tell that they, better than most, could see what was coming next. They could envision, for instance, not just the technological zeitgeist but the teams who would support the technology …
So, this goes out to my colleagues in the Tumblr Embassy of Support, known locally as the Combined Armies of the Republic of Tess Shebaylo. I have never worked with a smarter, cooler, better bunch of people. No question.
And if you’re a late-blooming fuddy-duddy like me, an almost curmudgeon who loved the song but wondered for decades what they were talking about … search no further. The Smart Patrol exists. I know because I’ve worked with them. So … here in the last hour of my last day in the Support Embassy, please join me in a musical salute to the best fucking support team of all time on planet Earth EVER. (And if you doubt that, just research our numbers.)
Here endeth the lesson.
Remember, people … if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him and take his shoes.