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At nine, he passed the entrance exam for Brentwood School. He attended the prep school from to , then the main school until December Adams was 6 feet 1. A poem entitled "A Dissertation on the task of writing a poem on a candle and an account of some of the difficulties thereto pertaining" written by Adams in January , at the age of 17, was discovered in a cupboard at the school in early He wanted to join the Footlights , an invitation-only student comedy club that has acted as a hothouse for comic talent.
He was not elected immediately as he had hoped, and started to write and perform in revues with Will Adams no relation and Martin Smith, forming a group called "Adams-Smith-Adams", and became a member of the Footlights by The two formed a brief writing partnership, earning Adams a writing credit in episode 45 of Monty Python for a sketch called " Patient Abuse ".
The pair also co-wrote the "Marilyn Monroe" sketch which appeared on the soundtrack album of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Adams is one of only two people other than the original Python members to get a writing credit the other being Neil Innes. Emile Koning, according to on-screen captions , pulling on gloves, while Michael Palin narrates a sketch that introduces one person after another but never gets started.
At the beginning of episode 44, "Mr. Neutron", Adams is dressed in a pepper-pot outfit and loads a missile onto a cart driven by Terry Jones , who is calling for scrap metal "Any old iron The two episodes were broadcast in November Adams and Chapman also attempted non-Python projects, including Out of the Trees.
He was employed as a bodyguard by a Qatari family, who had made their fortune in oil. By Christmas, work had dried up again, and a depressed Adams moved to live with his mother.
Adams then went on to serve as script editor on the show for its seventeenth season in It was transmitted under the pseudonym " David Agnew "  " Shada " only partially filmed; not televised due to industry disputes , but was later completed using animation for the unfinished scenes and broadcast as "Doctor Who: The Lost Episode" on BBC America 19 July  The episodes authored by Adams are some of the few that were not novelised as Adams would not allow anyone else to write them, and asked for a higher price than the publishers were willing to pay.
Accompanied by partially animated illustrations, it was webcast on the BBC website in , and subsequently released as a two-CD set later that year. An omnibus edition of this version was broadcast on the digital radio station BBC7 on 10 December In the novels, a towel is the most useful thing a space traveller can have. According to Adams, the idea for the title occurred to him while he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck , Austria, gazing at the stars.
He turned to John Lloyd for help with the final two episodes of the first series. Lloyd contributed bits from an unpublished science fiction book of his own, called GiGax. The TV series was based on the first six radio episodes, and sections contributed by Lloyd were largely re-written.
Following the success of the first series, another episode was recorded and broadcast, which was commonly known as the Christmas Episode. A second series of five episodes was broadcast one per night, during the week of 21—25 January While working on the radio series and with simultaneous projects such as The Pirate Planet Adams developed problems keeping to writing deadlines that got worse as he published novels. Adams was never a prolific writer and usually had to be forced by others to do any writing.
This included being locked in a hotel suite with his editor for three weeks to ensure that So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish was completed. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
The books formed the basis for other adaptations, such as three-part comic book adaptations for each of the first three books, an interactive text-adventure computer game , and a photo-illustrated edition, published in The next year, the radio series became the basis for a BBC television mini-series  broadcast in six parts. When he died in in California, he had been trying again to get the film project started with Disney , which had bought the rights in The screenplay got a posthumous re-write by Karey Kirkpatrick , and the resulting film was released in With the aid of a recording of his reading of Life, the Universe and Everything and editing, Adams can be heard playing the part of Agrajag posthumously.
After the book tour, Adams set off on his round-the-world excursion which supplied him with the material for Last Chance to See. Music[ edit ] Adams played the guitar left-handed and had a collection of twenty-four left-handed guitars when he died having received his first guitar in He also studied piano in the s. In he participated in a week-long brainstorming session with the Lucasfilm Games team for the game Labyrinth. Later he was also involved in creating Bureaucracy as a parody of events in his own life.
It was hosted by BBC Online from to Adams was an early adopter and advocate of hypertext. Personal beliefs and activism[ edit ] Atheism and views on religion[ edit ] Adams described himself as a "radical atheist ", adding "radical" for emphasis so he would not be asked if he meant agnostic.
He told American Atheists that this conveyed the fact that he really meant it. In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it! Dawkins dedicated the book to Adams, whom he jokingly called "possibly [my] only convert" to atheism  and wrote on his death that "Science has lost a friend, literature has lost a luminary, the mountain gorilla and the black rhino have lost a gallant defender.
This activism included the production of the non-fiction radio series Last Chance to See , in which he and naturalist Mark Carwardine visited rare species such as the kakapo and baiji , and the publication of a tie-in book of the same name.
In , he participated in a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro while wearing a rhino suit for the British charity organisation Save the Rhino International. Puppeteer William Todd-Jones , who had originally worn the suit in the London Marathon to raise money and bring awareness to the group, also participated in the climb wearing a rhino suit; Adams wore the suit while travelling to the mountain before the climb began. Adams was also an active supporter of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
Since , Save the Rhino has held an annual Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture around the time of his birthday to raise money for environmental campaigns. His first purchase was a Nexu. He was the first person to buy a Mac in Europe, the second being Stephen Fry.
Mac homepage. Adams installed and started using the first release of Mac OS X in the weeks leading up to his death. His very last post to his own forum was in praise of Mac OS X and the possibilities of its Cocoa programming framework.
He said it was "awesome In , Adams was a keynote speaker at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference PDC where he described the personal computer as being a modelling device. The video of his keynote speech is archived on Channel 9. Adams later dedicated his book Life, the Universe and Everything to Emerson. Adams was soon introduced by friends to Jane Belson, with whom he later became romantically involved. Belson was the "lady barrister" mentioned in the jacket-flap biography printed in his books during the mids "He [Adams] lives in Islington with a lady barrister and an Apple Macintosh".
When the deal fell through, they moved back to London, and after several separations "He is currently not certain where he lives, or with whom"  and a broken engagement, they married on 25 November In the family moved from London to Santa Barbara, California , where they lived until his death. His ashes were placed in Highgate Cemetery in north London in June This became the first church service broadcast live on the web by the BBC. It also includes eleven chapters of his unfinished novel, The Salmon of Doubt, which was originally intended to become a new Dirk Gently novel, but might have later become the sixth Hitchhiker novel.
A part radio series based on the Dirk Gently novels was announced in
The Meaning of Liff
This is a wonderfully creative book. Its a list of definitions which can be read randomly. All the terms are actual places--many being towns in England and America--and the definitions for things and happenings for which there was no single term for beforehand. It combines that basic style of observational humor with an eye for the truly tiny details and a sensitive finger on the pulse of absurdity lurking behind, well, most things in daily life. The noise made by someone who has just been grossly flattered and is trying to make light of it.
The Deeper Meaning of Liff
The book cover usually bears the tagline "This book will change your life", either as part of its cover or as an adhesive label. Liff a village near Dundee in Scotland is then defined in the book as "A book, the contents of which are totally belied by its cover. Adams speculated that the teacher who originated the school game may have done so after reading the article. He sent a note of apology to Jennings. The book was released in the UK in November in time for the Christmas market. It was a commercial success for Pan Books. The main differences between the two editions for either version of the book are those of American English v.