74 August 29, 1997 Conventions What happens when people with one common interest gather in monstrous, fluorescent-lit halls for the weekend? Sometimes they drive each other crazy, sometimes they fall in love. DownloadAmazon iTunes Share a clip Transcript Elan Ruskin Convention worker ByIra Glass Andrea worked at a bakery under a convention hotel in Chicago. The conventioneers used to drive her crazy because people act so different when they're in a crowd of their own kind. (3 minutes) Act One Dark Shadows ByJohn Connors John Connors has very mixed emotions about attending a convention for viewers of the TV program Dark Shadows. (18 minutes) Act Two Dish Out Of Water ByDishwasher Pete Dishwasher Pete, author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, went to the National Restaurant Association convention on assignment from This American Life. (15 minutes) Act Three When Worlds Collide ByIra Glass John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist, on an experience that began at the boundary of two conventions. (20 minutes) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 192: Meet the Pros Aug. 31, 2001 Act One: Crispy With The Rock The story of two amateurs meeting the pros. 513: 129 Cars Dec. 13, 2013 Act Five The next-to-last day of the month. 221: Fake I.D. Sept. 20, 2002 Act Three: The Lie That Binds A story from David Sedaris about how the movie The End of the Affair almost ended his relationship. Staff RecommendationsView all 352 Mar. 14, 2008 The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar In 1912, a four-year-old boy went missing in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found. But two grief-stricken mothers both claimed the same boy as their own. 419 Nov. 12, 2010 Petty Tyrant The rise and fall of a school maintenance man in Schenectady, New York who terrorized his staff and got away with it for decades.