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Episode 113:
Elmer McCurdy Rides Again and Again

Published
Jul 18, 2017

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13 Comments on Elmer McCurdy Rides Again and Again

  1. Ayo says:

    Great storytelling!

  2. In the opening sentence of this episode, my mind instantly went to this:

    <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InxDB7PHykQ

    Do you know at all if this song is based on Elmer McCurdy? If not, apparently this is more common than one might expect.

  3. Adam says:

    No more rhyming episodes, please! I couldn’t even finish it!

  4. John Goggin says:

    You should check out “The Ballad of Elmer McCurdy” written by Thomas Thornburg. Back in the late 70’s I sat at his dining room table while he recited great swaths of it from … memory.

    https://www.amazon.com/American-Ballads-New-Selected-Poems/dp/1449034624/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500478528&sr=1-1&keywords=Thornburg+American+Ballads

  5. Tomas says:

    Honestly, one of my top 10 episodes already. This was amazing, Nate!

  6. Ken Pimple says:

    #DaveMcElvenney got to it before me (apparently a fellow fan of Don McLean). But it also reminded me of “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” by Robert W. Service. I loved the story and the poem.

  7. Jake says:

    Fantastic episode, Nate! One of my all-time favorites.

  8. Paul says:

    Details have been changed, but this one is essentially the same story as well.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9BL54rUEVQ

  9. bashe says:

    I was able to finish it, but with several loud exhales and many eye-rolls along the way. I’m happy you tried it, but the verdict is in: no more rhyming episodes—please!

  10. kansan says:

    Arkansas City, Kansas, is pronounced “Ar-kan-sas City”, not “Arkansaw City”, by Kansans. People usually just call it “Ark City” though. Seems like this was a polarizing episode, but I bet it was really fun to write.

  11. Jordan Daniels says:

    I’ve listened to this episode about 10 times already and read up on Elmer McCurdy. Now I know the reason that, every summer, people at Pinecrest Lake yell out “Elmer” at twilight. I’m going to memorize your telling of the story so I can share it around the campfire, with a reference to the great Nate DiMeo.

  12. L says:

    Incredible lyricism! You are truly talented. Perfect ending line with dual meaning.

  13. Clay B says:

    I liked it. Thought it was a Robert Service poem for a while.