On May 10, 1961, Beyond the Fringe debuted in London. This wasn't a debut written from whole cloth: the troupe had actually made their first bow the summer before at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Besides being the four smartest folks in the room - any room, for that matter - Beyond the Fringe paved the way for a satirical brand of comedy that's still dominant. Click here to see a vintage BBC bit with Alan Bennett briefly talk about the Fringe experience and its limitations. (Given his success as a playwright, screenwriter, novelist and author of bestselling memoirs, his expectations of hitting a plateau were certainly overtaken by reality.)
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.