Frank and the FMLA



The Adventures of Frank and the Five Meter Liberation Army
as documented by Michael N. Hopkins, AB5L (sk)



A Rearward by AB5L


A man of the '30s awakens one night in the '90s (episode 13) with a new mission: recapture 56-60 mc. He forms a Five Meter Liberation Army from his mobile home in a Barrio trailer park run by Tom Joad of Steinback's Grapes of Wrath (episode 9), and soon draws a decidedly uncolorful bodyguard (episode 7). A six foot tall half Mexican stockbroker named for Ayn Rand makes him rich and a demonic white ferret and a half-siamese cat become his familiars. (episodes 10 and 9). The leader of all this, called only "Frank," settles down in the narrator's basement to be joined by Maj. Armstrong (episode 8), Hiram Maxim (episode 23) and one-time pals Carl and Jerry from the 1950s Popular Electronics (episode 25). His huge 1940s sedan, with contemporary plates, is immune from police (episode 13 et seq) and his breadboarded electronic creations recall those distant days when a ham built his own rig and could "fix a radio." Of course all this is crazy. No one builds anything anymore and the other things Frank stands for, like self- reliance, tolerance and a generally Boy Scout viewpoint are simply out of step. Frank knows that too (episode 20), but he does not care. If you're standing in the middle of the road and see a big brown Frazer coming at you, you better jump - one way or the other.



Episodes


FMLA I -- A FMLA?
FMLA II - A Conspiracy?
FMLA III -- Good Buddy Frank
FMLA IV -- Meeting Frank
FMLA V -- Another Frank?
FMLA VI -- More Franks?
FMLA VII -- Frank @ War
FMLA VIII -- The Boy Over There
FMLA IX -- Following Frank
FMLA X -- A 'Fest Fight
FMLA XI -- The Conversion
FMLA XII -- Frank Noir
FMLA XIII -- Going To Texas
FMLA XIV -- The Best Laid..
FMLA XV -- The Frank Show
FMLA XVI -- Hygenic Radio
FMLA XVI -- Frank's (direct) Conversion
FMLA XVII -- The Art of Radio
FMLA XVIII -- Take Her Down
FMLA XIX -- Copying Frank
FMLA XX -- Frank at XX
FMLA XXI - Correcting Frank
FMLA XXII -- Getting High
FMLA XXIII -- Maximizing
FMLA XXIV - The Old Ones
FMLA XXV -- A Reunion
FMLA XXVI - Ducking It
FMLA XXVII - Dauntless Douglas
FMLA XXVIII - Press v. Christie
FMLA XXIX - Images
FMLA XXX - Defiance
FMLA XXXI -- Returns
FMLA XXXII - W8FIX
FMLA XXXIII - Going to Dayton
FMLA XXXIV - At Dayton
FMLA XXXV - The FCC
FMLA XXXVI - Spring
FMLA XXXVII - Multiplexing
FMLA XXXVIII - The Forgotten
FMLA XXXIX - The Visit
FMLA XL-A New Twist
FMLA XLI - Frank and Alix
FMLA XLII - Talking Trash
FMLA XLIII - Echoes
FMLA XLIV -- Snuffy
FMLA XLV - The Moment
FMLA XLVI - Signs
FMLA XLVII - Ashai
FMLA XLVIII - Notes
FMLA XLIX - Finding Frank - Part 1
FMLA L - Finding Frank - Part 2
FMLA LI - The Long View
FMLA LII - Frank's Goodbye
FMLA LIII - Rumors of Frank
FMLA LIV - Book Review: Understanding Radio
FMLA LV - Frank's Last Episode?

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