Herbie Butterworth has a pet. A pet that’s perfect for Halloween. Listen.

Tanglefoot, OTR, housefly
My pet fly

Herbie Butterworth says, “This here fly is 8 inches long.”

Typically, flies are just a minor annoyance. They’re constantly searching for food. Any kind of food. They’re always hungry, always attempting to mess with your meal—and your other stuff. Consider for a moment what a really large fly might be like. Now, what about a fly the size of a mouse, a cat, dog, or a pony?

Herbie Butterworth tells one of his friends how he’d like to have a pet fly. He’d like to give it a collar and put it on a leash, and take care of his little buddy just like he would with any other pet.

But since it’s difficult to take a regular housefly for a walk, he wants to breed larger ones.

When you have flies that are becoming larger than normal, what do they eat? How can they get enough food to support their larger and larger bodies?

Quiet, Please! attempted to answer those questions on it’s 103rd episode, Tanglefoot, which was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System the evening of June 4th 1949.

Quiet, Please! was a radio fantasy and horror program created by Wyllis Cooper, also known for creating Lights Out. Ernest Chappell was the show’s announcer and lead actor. Quiet, Please! debuted June 8, 1947 on the Mutual Broadcasting System, and its last episode was broadcast June 25, 1949, on the ABC radio network. A total of 106 shows were broadcast.

Happy Halloween. Enjoy.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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