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 108: Truth and Lies at Age Ten Aug. 7, 1998 Act One: I, Danny In this special half-hour story produced by Jay Allison as part of his Life Stories series, Dan Gediman tracks down the original Zoom cast members to find out what his life would've been like if he had achieved his childhood dream of being on Zoom. 513: 129 Cars Dec. 13, 2013 Act Three Salesman Bob Tantillo has the fewest sales of anyone at Town and Country this month. 71: Defying Sickness Aug. 1, 1997 Act Three: Iron Man Mark O'Brien is a writer in California, who lives most of each day in an iron lung, thanks to a childhood case of polio. Staff RecommendationsView all 492 Apr. 12, 2013 Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde Did a beloved family doctor with no criminal history suddenly up and strangle his own father? 154 Mar. 10, 2000 In Dog We Trust 2000 Exactly how much are the animals that live in our home caught up in everyday family dynamics?