Real iDeal Radio Bonus Episode: Genealogy and The Historical Context of Robert Griner, Plus The Landmark Copyright Case of 1971.

What can we learn about ourselves by researching our family history?

Communications manager, historian and musician, Robert Griner, explains how a label from a bottle of Irish Creme liquor sent him on a journey to discover his family history. Robert explains how genealogical research has become quite easy in recent years and how doing this kind of research can broaden our perspective and strengthen our sense of place in the world.

We don’t stop at genealogy. I throw the kitchen sink at Robert, asking him questions that cover everything from the early days of technology to what he calls “the wonder killer”. Robert also gives us his take on the JFK assassination, ageism in the workplace, and posthumous appreciation before telling us about his music projects Bloco Alegria and The Afterglow.

I also look at “subconscious plagiarism” with a review of the landmark copyright case from 1971 involving George Harrison and The Chiffons


  • How to research your genealogy
  • JFK assassination theory
  • First experience with technology
  • Agism in the workplace
  • What is “the wonder killer”?
  • Making music with software vs. in-person
  • Posthumous appreciation
  • Alternative energy
  • George Harrison and the concept of “subconscious plagiarism”


  • Maybe I’m Crazy by Monarchy
  • Get Down Moses by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
  • Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann
  • My Sweet Lord by George Harrison (excerpt)
  • He’s So Fine by The Chiffons (excerpt)


Recorded at KPSU Portland’s College Radio on June 8, 2017

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