Dr. Vivian Trio

Dr. Trio pursued a dual major in physics and biology at the all-ladies, anti-grunge University of Brandon in Colorado and by all accounts was an excellent student. Her method was simple; as she explained to us, "I just volunteered to teach, and I got hold of the textbooks and lecture materials two weeks before the classes I had to teach. That was excellent motivation to learn the material inside out, because if I didn't know my stuff, I'd have looked like a real fool in front of a hundred students in a big lecture hall." The then-dean of physics at the university, Dr. Stephanie Hatson, said of Dr. Trio, "She was amazing. I'd quiz her before the classes to see if she knew enough to teach, and she'd invariably flunk miserably, but she'd always insist on doing it anyway, and I watched the tapes of the lectures and couldn't believe that the same person who knew nothing two weeks earlier had become an expert!"

After writing a well-received doctoral dissertation on the metaphysical and sociobiological implications of Brown's Theory, newly-minted Dr. Trio moved to another all-ladies, anti-grunge facility, the Sanning University in Atlantic City, Wyoming. She taught there for ten years and was by all accounts an excellent instructor and mentor, but her tenure there was suddenly ended when the university was purchased by a global chain of educational institutions that was not commited to the anti-grunge cause. The name was changed to the Napaka Experience and pro-grunge philosophies and instructors began to infiltrate it, resulting in a toxic culture that Dr. Trio could neither endorse nor endure, so she left there to "pursue other opportunities" as the press releases always say.

For a few years, she taught as an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities but never really grew close to any of them. Finally, she received a call from radio station KWQY in Warm Springs, Nevada asking if she would be the station's science correspondent. This turned out to be a major opportunity for Dr. Trio; her reports were soon syndicated to many radio stations across the country. Success in radio lasted only five years, however; once again, another global corporate juggernaut purchased the company that owned KWQY and the syndicator that distributed her program, and the new management was much dissatisfied with her anti-grunge leanings and ended her program shortly afterward.

Not one to quit without a struggle, Dr. Trio began touring the anti-grunge lecture circuit. It was here that she was spotted by Anti-Grunge Channel executive producer Hamilton Durger while she was lecturing at the R. G. Azikov Civic Center in Athens, Indiana. "She was just fabulous," Mr. Durger explained, adding, "She just knew how to take complicated science and distill it to those of us in the audience. I knew we could use her talents somehow." After the lecture, he introduced himself and invited Dr. Trio on a private tour of the studio facilities at her convenience.

On that tour, she was much impressed and saw that she could fit well with the positive culture there and was assured that the Anti-Grunge Channel was not for sale at any price and was run by management that would continue promoting the anti-grunge philosophy. "They needed a science program and I knew that it was something I was capable and willing to do, so we started talking about what sort of program it would be. Very quickly, they made a computer-generated mockup of the set for me and chromakeyed me onto it so that I could imagine what the show would be like-- even for someone like me trained in science, it was fascinating," said Dr. Trio.

Science and Grunge made its debut on the Anti-Grunge Channel on November 4, 2009, at 5:30 AM, its time slot ever since. After the program started, she was in demand again more than ever as both an itinerant lecturer and a professor, and she is the sponsor of the annual National Anti-Grunge Science Fair which is held in different convention halls across the United States and which has inspired spin-off fairs in Canada, Mexico, and France. "The NAGSF is something that I believe is very important to the continued vibrancy of the anti-grunge movement," Dr. Trio told us, "and I want to encourage all youngsters to participate. It's important that we provide an alternative to the junk science of the pro-grunge opposition. We do that on Science and Grunge and we need to get that alternative into our schools as well."

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