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Dear Sirs,

        In response to your "Lumps In the Cosmos" article in the Science
Section (Vol. 171, No. 3, 2008).
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        As a member of the Firesign Theatre comedy group, along with Phil
Austin, Peter Bergman and David Ossman (whose album "Don't Crush That
Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers" was not too long ago inducted into the
Library of Congress' Historical Archives) I should like to point out
that we first espoused the "cosmic lump theory" back in 1971 with the
release of our third album on Columbia Records, "I Think We're All
Bozos on this Bus."

        During a simulated ride "Up Against the Wall of Science" at the
holographic Future Fair, the narrator says:

        "...For some reason, for some time in the beginning, there were hot
lumps. Cold and lonely, they whirled noiselessly through the black
holes of space. These insignificant lumps came together to form our
first union -- our Sun, the heating system. And about this glowing
gasbag rotated the Earth, a cats-eye among aggies, blinking in
astonishment across the face of time..."

        Please give credit where it's due!

                                Phil Proctor, member of The Firesign Theatre

When in this universe, visit Planet Proctor!

Mr. Stones will see you now -- You CHEAP WHORE!
  -- Firesign Theatre