“Bob” was a recurring ShorDurPerSav in my life starting around the time I first read the Illuminatus! Trilogy (by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea) in the early 90′s and subsequently became aware of the Church of the Subgenius. However, after July 5, 1998 “Bob” became a false prophet for the false subgenius who were left behind, and unimportant to Bobhisattvas(tm)1 such as myself who stayed behind (well in my case I was chosen by Happy Guy to be a prophet for the Final Coming of the Circvs which coincidentally became a result of X-day) once X-day occurred.
I have chosen J. R. “Bob” Dobbs, the high pontiff and salesman for the Church of the Subgenius as my first documented Short Duration Personal Savior because, well, he was my first.
So who is J. R. “Bob” Dobbs. For the sake of some objectivity I will quote the wiki: The Church of the SubGenius claims to have been founded in the 1950s by the “world’s greatest salesman” J. R. “Bob” Dobbs.
I first became an ordained minister in the Church of the Subgenius. This led to studying the Principia Discordia and becoming an adherent to Eris and the Golden Chao. But all of this served merely as a training ground in preparation for my role as a prophet for “Happy Guy” the living embodiment of consumerism and ushering in the Final Coming of the Circvs.
For the normals, suffice to say, J. R. “Bob” Dobbs represent(ed) the ultimate in human deprogramming, until he didn’t. Because of the events since X-day, when I find need for the type of salvation that “Bob” represents I might turn to Robert Anton Wilson, Eris herself, or maybe the Spice Girls (but NEVER Happy Guy–Happy Guy will fuck you up). It is worth noting that while a false prophet can most certainly (on occasion) be a fully functioning ShorDurPerSav, I have yet to find a time since X-day when an equally (or more) potent ShorDurPerSav can be invoked than “Bob”.
But with this post I give short duration praise to “Bob” and the role he played in bringing me such joy and fucking up my life.