Three Mile Island Clean-Up Crew


Presented at: Balticon 19, 1985


Thomas Atkinson as "Three Mile Island Clean Up Crew"

(Hold for a beat while Thomas goes a slow turn under the spotlights. Audience just begins to get antsy, and slightly disappointed.)

(Blackout, and the costume glows a sickly green in the dark. Thomas does a triumphant turn to thunderous applause.)

Additional Information

People asked Thomas how he achieved the glow effect. He always answered (truthfully) "The costume is painted with glow-in-the-dark paint."

Inevitably, the questioner would go on to say something like, "Oh, and you had a black light?"

"No, it glows in the dark."

"Oh, like ultraviolet?"

"No, it glows in the dark."

"Well, what power source did you use?"

"None. It glows in the dark."

It's amazing how much trouble people have understanding the concept of "glows in the dark."

Thomas made two matching outfits, one for Don and one for Mary Mand. At ConFederation in 1986, the three of them reprised the gag as "The Chernobyl Clean-Up Crew."