Lustlieb: That’s what my mother used to call me, Larry.
Prince: So how’d it happen, Al? How’d you run across the Bear Lake Scrolls?
Lustlieb: You want the whole shtick?
Prince: That’s what we’re here for.
Lustlieb: Well, it goes all the way back to 1968, March 31 to be exact.
King: That’s, let’s see, thirty-one years ago yesterday.
Lustlieb: Right. At that time I was driving around this great land of ours, taking an early summer vacation from Hebrew Theological Seminary, up in Buffalo on the shores of Lake Erie, and I happened to stop for the night at this little town called Bliss Beach on the shore of Bear Lake, when--
Prince: Some of our viewers might not know the whereabouts of Bear Lake.
Lustlieb: It’s on the border between Utah and Idaho.
Prince: So what’s a Jewish kid from Buffalo doing in Mormon country?
Lustlieb: I was in a state of great spiritual anguish, because of my “inadequate progress in the Hebrew language,” to quote the good rabbi, and the thought crossed my mind that it’d be a great time to head out to the West Coast, where I had this uncle in Beverly Hills. Anyway, Uncle Jerry was gonna set me up with a screen test, and if that didn’t pan out I thought I’d sell a screenplay or two, and if worse came to worst I ﬁgured God’d show up and put me back on track, get me out of this major funk I was in, due, as I mentioned, to the lack of a basic background in Holyspeak, plus not having my special brand of humor appreciated by the rabbis.
Prince: Which is what happened. God came through for you.
Lustlieb: Did he! The story is, I enrolled for the night at this establishment in Bliss Beach—. . . no, check that, ﬁrst I had a bite to eat, etcetera, maybe a coupla beers, and then I went over to this sleeping establishment, I cannot for the life of me remember its name, except that the word Motel ﬁgured prominently, and checked in.
Prince: You could buy beer in Utah?
Lustlieb: This was on the Idaho side.
Prince: And that’s where the divine revelation took place? On the Idaho side?
Prince: In case anybody’s wondering, these details are important. Lots of tourists dish out big bucks to be at the site where the Almighty has been known to surface.