Life In The Ted Lane

Episode One: Fonthill Castle, Henson Documentary, Autism and Community

June 12, 2022 6630 Productions Season 1 Episode 1
Episode One: Fonthill Castle, Henson Documentary, Autism and Community
Life In The Ted Lane
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Life In The Ted Lane
Episode One: Fonthill Castle, Henson Documentary, Autism and Community
Jun 12, 2022 Season 1 Episode 1
6630 Productions

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Life In The Ted Lane is a podcast for people who are interested in adventures, Hollywood, Broadway, The Muppets, puppetry, and what it’s like to be autistic. 

Hosted by Ted Harris and Lindsay Harris Friel

Music and sound engineering by Vincent Friel

Produced by 6630 Productions
https://6630productions.com/ted-harris-art-page/

If you enjoyed this podcast, please let us know. Visit us on Podchaser and scroll down to add a review!

Helpful information:
 The Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle: https://www.mercermuseum.org

https://collider.com/jim-henson-documentary-ron-howard-brian-grazer-disney

https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/muppets-series-electric-mayhem-band-disney-plus-lilly-singh-1235197831/

https://www.fastcompany.com/90454839/sesame-streets-newest-show-is-designed-to-help-kids-displaced-from-syria

Autism, Law and Community Training with Dennis Debbaudt: 

https://autismriskmanagement.com


May your life be filled with magic!

Show Notes Transcript

Send us a text message to say hi! We’d love to hear from you.

Life In The Ted Lane is a podcast for people who are interested in adventures, Hollywood, Broadway, The Muppets, puppetry, and what it’s like to be autistic. 

Hosted by Ted Harris and Lindsay Harris Friel

Music and sound engineering by Vincent Friel

Produced by 6630 Productions
https://6630productions.com/ted-harris-art-page/

If you enjoyed this podcast, please let us know. Visit us on Podchaser and scroll down to add a review!

Helpful information:
 The Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle: https://www.mercermuseum.org

https://collider.com/jim-henson-documentary-ron-howard-brian-grazer-disney

https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/muppets-series-electric-mayhem-band-disney-plus-lilly-singh-1235197831/

https://www.fastcompany.com/90454839/sesame-streets-newest-show-is-designed-to-help-kids-displaced-from-syria

Autism, Law and Community Training with Dennis Debbaudt: 

https://autismriskmanagement.com


May your life be filled with magic!

Life In The Ted Lane Ep 1 - 3:30:22, 1.21 PM

Ted: . And now here he is Ted Harris! Da-da-da-da! Hi! Welcome to Life- the first episode of life in the Ted lane. My name is Ted, Harris, this is my co-host Lindsay. 

Lindsay: Hello. 

Ted: Good to see you. And

Lindsay: it's good to see you too, Ted. 

Ted: So I would like to talk about the parts about, what's like to be autistic.

Lot of people don't understand autism at all that, 

Lindsay: Hey, Ted? 

Ted: What? 

Lindsay: So before we do that, before we launch into that, why don't we tell everybody what this podcast is about? 

Ted: This podcast talks about my adventures and about what it's like. For me, of all the things been going on this year, what been doing this year. 

Lindsay: So it's about your adventures and what else, what other things are we going to talk about?

Ted: We're going to be talking about Broadway and Hollywood. What's going on in Hollywood as some stuff as it goes on in the world of puppetry. 

Lindsay: Okay. And we're also going to talk about what it's like to be autistic. 

Ted: Yup. 

Lindsay: Okay. That sounds cool. What do you have for us today?

Ted? 

Ted: Well, the other day we saw Fonthill castle up in Doylestown Pennsylvania

Lindsay: yep. And what, for people who don't know what is Fonthill castle? So 

Ted: basically it's a museum where they call the great Mercer tiles, all that. 

Lindsay: So there's the Mercer museum, which is where they make the Mercer tiles

and why are they called Mercer what's Mercer 

Ted: , because of, of a lot of colorful designs on them. 

Lindsay: So who created the Mercer tiles? 

Ted: Well, it's not Mercer. Mayer 

Lindsay: No, it was . 

Ted: Basically. He had a big castle, all that basically, he had dogs and all that basically he vowed one day his house would be a museum one day.

basically he collected a lot. Well, he was a collector, of many fine things and all that, and he showed a lot of great things he made in his house. into a castle. 

Lindsay: Yeah. He liked to collect tools, 

Ted: like collect lot tools he wanted to show what life was like 300 years ago.

Lindsay: I think what it was. Did it, it was more that he enjoyed the, pre-industrial 

Ted: the industrial revolution.

Lindsay: Well, yeah, the pre-industrial era, I think. And, he thought that handmade things and. Things like that are very beautiful. Right. And he collected all different kinds of tile. Do you remember the oldest tile in the museum that we saw? The one that was behind glass, 

Ted: what was it? 

Lindsay: It was a cuneiform tablet and it was.

I think they said it was 3000 years old. 

Ted: Wow. 

Lindsay: Yeah. But they had all different kinds of all different kinds of tile, Henry Mercer. That's his name? I'm sure. Yup. I just checked the website, which is Mercer museum.org. And we can put a link in the show notes and we can get information 

Ted: he had thisdog Rollo. Yeah, 

one thing was that rollo actually decide rollo of steps to the castle.

Lindsay: Rola designed the steps. 

Ted: Well, he does the steps were made from roll, run up the stairs right back down. But henry mercer was not mad at him. He dedicated it Rollo's steps 

Lindsay: because why are they rollo's the steps? 

Ted: Because you have rollo's handprints had parts of them 

Lindsay: Rollo had hands? 

Ted: Rollo's, footprints, 

Lindsay: yeah. So what does the house look like when you see it? 

Ted: It looks like a big medieval castle 

Lindsay: and it's made out of what 

Ted: it's made out of concrete. 

Lindsay: Yeah. And one of the things that's interesting about that period of time is that his,, the poured concrete style kind of reminds you of, If you're familiar with Gaudi in Spain, he was another sculptor and artist who was doing similar kinds of work. , but yeah, it's all made out of reinforced concrete and you can find out more about it at mercermuseum.org and we'll put a link in the show notes. 

Ted: Yep. 

Lindsay: So that's our, that's one of our most recent adventures. 

Ted: Well I'd like to talk to you about what's been going on in Hollywood.

Lindsay: . We found out about a new and very exciting piece of news today about a new documentary.

Ted: Ron Howard is doing a documentary about Jim Henson. 

Lindsay: Yeah, we read this on Collider and I believe it was also reported on deadline.

And so Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, it says here on Collider in an article written by Aiden king. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are teaming up with the folks behind Disney original documentary to make a documentary chronicling the life and career of legendary Muppets creator. Jim Henson, the film will be made with the full support of the Henson family with full access to the Jim Henson company's archives, and will create a definitive portrait of the puppeteer.

 He did a lot of interesting things, not just the. Muppets. 

Right, Ted? 

Ted: There was a new series about the Electric Mayhem 

Lindsay: there's a new series about the Electric Mayhem? 

Ted: Yep. 

Lindsay: Really? I didn't know about that. Tell me about it. 

Ted: Well, the people at Disney are going to get together They are going to do a TV stories about Doctor teeth, and the electric mayhem.

Lindsay: I'm going to have to find some, I'm going to fact check that Ted, but in the meantime, let's get back to this thing about, Ron Howard and Jim Henson. So, one of the things that's really interesting here is that Henson's family is cooperating with this. Not only are they cooperating with this project, but also, Ron Howard is going to have access to the Jim Henson company's archive.

And an archivist named Karen Falk. Has been taking care of this archive for 30 years. Can you imagine curating that archive for 30 years? 

Ted: Wow. 

Lindsay: Think about all the films he ever made. Like what's the one that you really like. 

Ted: I'm an idea, man.

Lindsay: Remember that What's some other films that he made that weren't Muppety 

Ted: timepiece.

Lindsay: Yeah, 

Ted: happy time murders. 

Lindsay: Happy time murders. I don't remember. That was that it did. Henson some really make that, 

Ted: that was a recent one. Did Jim Henson really make that movie? 

Well, it was, a more updated one. 

 

Lindsay: What's this thing about the electric mayhem that you were talking about? 

Ted: The electric mayhem is doing a TV series for Disney.

Lindsay: Muppets series about electric mayhem band set at Disney plus Lily sing to star. This is from variety. We're reading an article written by Joe Otterson from March 7th. So Ted, I'm really glad that you told me about this. I really hope that. Janice finally gets, you know, some of the respect she deserves. Oh, this is funny.

The series titled the Muppets may ham will follow the band as they try to record their first ever album. Lily Singh will star as Nora, the human junior A&R executive tasked with managing the electric mayhem band. The band consists of Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums, Floyd pepper on vocals and bass Janice on vocals, and lead guitar Zoot on saxophone and lips on trumpet

I guess that's lips, the yellow, the guy with the yellow hair. 

Ted: Yep. 

Lindsay: Yeah. That's him this and it's created by Adam F Goldberg of the Goldbergs. And he's working on this with bill. Barretta interesting. This is going to be cool. That sounds like a really good time. So that's, so we've got our, we got our Hollywood news and our puppetry news.

All in one. Right.. Well, that was good. 

Oh, Sesame street has a new. Muppet called Ameera she is in a wheelchair talks about conflict and displacement and talks about refugees 

let's look at this article from fast company here, Ted this article from March 28th.

I can't see who wrote the article. It must be done at the bottom. So she uses a wheelchair and she helps represent the millions of children with disabilities affected by conflict and displacement. Oh, it's by Adele Peters good to know. There's going to be a new animated series. And she's also going to be a live action puppet.

 Ted, you know what? I think we're kind of caught up on Muppet news for right now. 

Ted: Oh, 

Lindsay: okay. 

Ted: All right. 

Lindsay: What else would you like to talk about today?

Ted: About what it's like to be Autism? 

Lindsay: Okay, go ahead. 

Ted: Autism basically is affected by what part of the country you live in then sometimes it's called Asperger syndrome or, or Pervasive Developmental delay or autism we know it's not affected by people who raised their children.

we know it lasts a lifetime Autism is a disease that impairs social and behavioral. Skills it's not affected by people or how they raise are children. Girls also get autism too, as well as boys, but it's more affected with boys rather than girls. Though they have attachment to things like toys and all of that, or really with, with some things or objects, we know it lasts a lifetime. 

 I've been with some people who have autism and all that. 

Lindsay: I remember when you were little and we, we didn't understand autism as well as we do now. And remember when you were little, the way I used to describe it to my friends was some people are really good at. So everybody's good at some things, but they're not good at everything.

And for autistic people that is more pronounced like that. Wasn't how I described it. I was a little kid. I said, like, for example, Ted is really, really, really good at drawing, but there are some other things that he's not good at. Like when you were little, what were some things that you were not good at?

Ted: Clapping hands? 

But you taught me how to clap hands. 

Lindsay: I remember I taught you how to clap hands. You weren't good at, , you weren't good at processing noise? Well, no, you, you didn't have problems with auditory processing. It's just that, like, if we were in a restaurant and it was noisy, you couldn't handle it.

So you would flip out. 

Ted: Right.

Lindsay: But you've always been very, very, very good at drawing. 

Ted: Yep. 

Lindsay: And you've also been very good at cutting shapes out of paper. 

Ted: Mm-hm. 

Lindsay: Like you could cut a whole word out of paper when you were little.

Ted: Yup. , 

I can give a good description. 

Lindsay: Okay. 

Ted: Imagine you were transported to another dimension where people who are different from you, and acted different from you, but whenever you made a response that was normal in your world, like laughing, at a funny joke.

the new people didn't understand and the more you tried to explain the more angrier you got and the more confused you became. You wish the scientists who transported you that dimension had packed a guide book to that dimension but they forgot to pack one, but soon you might learn to fit in and develop new traits.

Lindsay: Is that, is that everything you wanted to say? 

Ted: That's my what I think 

Lindsay: that's what you think.

Ted: That's what, the experts say. Say what it's like to have autism you become a stranger in a strange place. 

Lindsay: Did you, did you hear that somewhere? And you're repeating it to me because I know that sometimes Echoalia drives the bus for you.

Ted: I, I heard, that in my autism video. 

Lindsay: Okay. 

Ted: And Dennis, he' s a cop whose son has autism. 

Lindsay: Oh, okay.

Ted: And people, at Elwyn said that and people at Devereux said that people at Betashire said that. 

Lindsay: Okay. All right. Well, you know what? I think it might be time for us to wrap this up because.

Ted: Good. That's, that's it for our show today. If you like what you are shown, leave us a review or visit us at 6630productions.com. If you liked this show, tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell people you like people you hate All people on this planet about our shows. 

And we hope to see you. Bye.