I recently had to come up with a new job title for myself. “Vice Chairman of the People-to-People’s Committee on Fungi” shoulda been my undisputed, #1 choice. Unfortunately it was already taken. Or more accurately, ‘bestowed’ by President Eisenhower upon composer, philosopher and mushroom-lover-extraordinaire John Cage.
Apparently, mushrooms (perhaps inspired by those pesky mushroom clouds) were a big deal in the ’50s. And the People-to-People’s Committee was charged with using mushrooms to “promote peaceful international relations.”
Who better to do it than a guy who was best know for composing a symphony that is performed by a full orchestra and consists of precisely 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. John Cage was a wacky fella and truly a big deal in the mycology world.
I’m sure there were all kinds of stuff about the 50s that they weren’t telling us.
Apparently Hitler didn’t like Avant Garde music. I would assume he didn’t like mushrooms either.