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Phil Austin, dies at 74; voice of Firesign Theatre's Nick Danger

Phil Austin, dies at 74; voice of Firesign Theatre's Nick Danger

In dorm rooms across the country in the late 1960s and early 1970s, sometimes through a haze of pot smoke, a recording could be heard that sounded like an old-time radio detective show mixed with Eastern mysticism. He's ready for excitement, He's ready for anything, He's Nick Danger, Third Eye! As many boomers know, Nick Danger was a character created by the highly satirical Firesign Theatre, a comedy group whose albums became a touchstone of the countercultural era. Phil Austin, 74, the founding member of the group who created and voiced the wacky detective with the mystical "third eye" power, died Friday in Fox Island, Wash. Firesign co-founder David...

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