Zaphod Speaks! Galactic Hitchhikers Interview Mark Wing-Davey

Zaphod Speaks! Galactic Hitchhikers Interview Mark Wing-Davey
by Anthony S Burdge

Greetings Hoopy Froods!

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you all our faithful froods the 1st in a new Galactic Hitchhiker’s feature: Hoopy Frood Interviews!
The idea for this feature began in March 2016 as I was formulating content ideas for You and 42: A Douglas Adams Fan Anthology. I felt it would be great to get something in the book direct from folks involved in HG2G productions. I wrote to Mark Wing-Davey aka Zaphod Beeblebrox and received a very nice reply from him and his assistant. For those who may or may not know Mark Wing-Davey is the Chairperson, and Arts Professor, of Graduate Acting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Read up on his career here) In 2015 I wrote to him to see if we could meet up for Towel Day and to buy him a pint, but our schedules didn’t allow it. Since then Mark and his assistant have been kind enough to write with concern to new productions such as “The Double Man.”  I wrote of The Double Man on a past incarnation of the Galactic Hitchhikers website, but unfortunately the article was lost due to the server switch.
In correspondence with Mark we arranged an interview with him, which I would then transcribe into a cohesive narrative for You and 42. We met with Mark via Skype where the interview was recorded. It is just about an hour long and has lots of great material about Mark’s career, time working on the Hg2g radio and television series, thoughts on Douglas Adams and much more!

CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON BELOW to hear the interview in its entirety. Unfortunately Jared had a few microphone issues on his end so he had to ask Mark his questions via Skype text chat. This means you will hear a bit of dead air and then Mark answering the question, or Zaxley and I asking the question for Jared.


Interview Conducted July 2016 with GH Founder Zaxley Nash, Audio Engineer Jared McLaughlin, and GH Writer/Field Researcher Anthony S Burdge

We had such as great time chatting with Mark and are humbled, honored, and grateful to have had the opportunity to do so. The discussion was alot of fun, full of laughs and very informative.
Thank you Mark for your time and the chance to speak with you!

In discussion with Galactic Hitchhiker’s Founder Zaxley Nash, our Sub-Etha Channel 42 Engineer Jared McLaughlin and myself, we felt this was something we wanted to continue and be a GH feature. Our next interview to be posted soon was with Kevin Jon Davies who has had a long fan and professional career associated with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Davies worked on graphics for the television series, interviewed Douglas Adams on numerous occasions, is a highly regarded documentarian, for example “The Making of ‘The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ which used archive footage and new specially shot material. The forthcoming interview with Kevin, we speak with him about his career, which shall also be transcribed for You and 42.
We are honored to have Kevin as a part of our Galactic Hitchhikers Facebook Community, which can be found here
Click here to read more of Kevin’s career from his bio on the website for Lazlar Lyricon 3  Plus I reviewed his book The Illustrated Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Additionally we interviewed author Keith DeCandido, which shall be added to our featured interview section soon!

We now have 3 interviews in the can and are currently working toward additional shows.  We hope you enjoy these interviews and look forward to your thoughts.

The 1st Annual Thumb Toast to The Frood: No fire or bread heater required.

hqdefaultOn Saturday, March 11th in honor of the birthday of Douglas Adams Thumb Toast to The Frood will be the annual Douglas Adams Birthday Tribute event hosted by Galactic Hitchhikers. A pre-cursor to the Towel Day festivities if you will.

A few of our inter-dimensional members thought it would be a pretty neat idea, something in league with digital watches, to honor the first of Froods, Douglas Adams, on his birthday.  There are a number of authors who have their birthday honored by fans via a Toast or visit to a location associated with said author. For example J.R.R Tolkien has had an annual birthday toast for decades hosted by The Tolkien Society and fans around the globe.  In addition H.P. Lovecraft fans visit his grave and read from his work. Therefore, Galactic Hitchhikers would like to honor Douglas Adams in a similar fashion, but on a more Galactic scale.

imagesTHE TOAST 
We encourage everyone to gather at their home, favorite pub, restaurant or venue of their choice to raise a thumb, and glass to Douglas Adams.
When everyone is gathered, at 8 PM local time stand, raise your thumb in salute and state together: “TO THE FROOD!” and afterward take a glass of your choice of beverage (not necessarily alcoholic), take a swig, sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.
GH2016 RD join us“TO THE FROOD!”

We highly encourage everyone to gather for local events, bring your towel and copies of your favorite Douglas Adams book, read selections from them and have fun. Please take pictures and post them here in the comments section or submit them to the Galactic Hitchhikers page.

Please check out our official Galactic Hitchhiker’s Page to add your toasting location and libation of choice. This is a global event, more galactic actually, and we would like to add everyone to the page who have participated. Additionally you can click here to visit our facebook event page.

The Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster


There are literally dozens of recipes for the most revered drink in existence, the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster.  In my alcoholism, which I have lovingly re-imagined as research, I set out to try them all. After a few versions I decided that the whole lot was bloody off, and set out on a new mission to create the ultimate version. I spent a couple years bar-tending in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, where indeed alcoholism is not only accepted as a way of life, it is in fact the sport of choice. With plenty of test subjects, aka victims, and all the booze of a fully stocked bar I began tinkering.

The recipe I favor the most of the many myriad available online is the one they serve at Zaphod’s in Ottawa Canada. It is fairly simple and straightforward, and much favored because of cost and availability. Typically around four to five bucks USD, the Zaphod’s version has a lot to say for itself.

Zaphod’s Recipe-

In a cocktail glass with ice combine:zaphod-beeblebrox_256324

1 ½ oz. Jack Daniels

¾ oz. Peach Tree/Peach Schnapps

¾ oz. Blue Curacao

Fill remaining space with orange juice


This version was very popular at the bar I tended, and to my knowledge is still being served there under the misnomer “Pau-Galactic Gargleblaster,” My lower case “n’s” tend to look like “u’s” when I scribble quickly, and this mistake was put into print after I left the mountain. A rose by any other name, right? This recipe became the base for my further experiments. It has the right essence, but not the oomph if you savvy. Where was the large gold brick with the lemon wrapped around it? At the cost of countless thousands of both my own, and my test subject’s brain cells, experimentation led to the following wallop to the head and wallet.

The Galactic Hitchhikers/Zaxley Nash Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster- images

Prepare a pint glass full of ice. In a shaker half filled with ice, combine:

¾ oz. Jack Daniels

¾ oz. Vodka

¾ oz. Tequila (Patron preferred)

¾ oz. Malibu Rum

¾ oz. Gin

¾ oz. Triple Sec

¾ oz. Hpnotiq

¾ oz. Peach Tree/Peach Schnapps

¾ oz. Amaretto

¾ oz. Blue Curacao

Approximately ½ oz. (one “bloop”) Orange Juice (Or better yet Mango juice)

Shake well and pour into pint glass. Garnish with as much fruit as possible, preferably to an extreme. Little umbrellas are a strong plus if not a must. As a rule the bartender may drink any remaining beverage in the shaker. Alternately this recipe can be made into shots. How many shots? Do the math.  I was never that kind of bartender.


A few notes on this beverage:

  • It is expensive. Typically around 15 to 20 dollars each, this is where the large gold brick comes into play, you’ll need one to pay the bar tab.
  • This is a great choice when someone says they want to buy a round.
  • Never drink more than two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters unless you are a thirty ton mega elephant with bronchial pneumonia
  • In my time as a bartender this drink was directly responsible for a great deal of chaos and silliness, including but not limited to: One bruised elbow. Harassment of cattle. Single car non-moving traffic accidents; fourteen stitches, gallons of vomit on the bar, and a burning sofa chair. The management of the establishment asked after a time that I no longer serve them to the “general public”
  • This drink can be a great and terrible way to play catch up when friends have a head start
  • It is best to have this recipe written on a card or piece of paper for the barkeep, easier for you and them.


Share and enjoy my friends, and if you ever find your way to a bar way up in the Bighorns don’t tell them Zaxley sent you….they are most likely mad about exactly how deeply I carved my name into the wood of the bathroom wall.