Just listened to the episode while riding on a ferry wishing for the quiet room. I find with each one of these bonus tracks ferg does, I feel if it weren't for location and age difference, we would have been god friends growing up. Beyond the love of the Atari and video games, I did the same things, read piles of books, went to the library constantly and even got excited for the scholastic book fairs. These started my life long love of Calvin and Hobbes. I think the reversion to the things of your childhood after marriage, is once you find your soulmate you don't have to try anymore and just can be a kid again. If your spouse is your soulmate, they won't bat an eye and suppprt your seemingly crazy obsession.
My wife worked at AT&T / Bell Labs in Holmdel and Middletown; my mother-in-law worked in Murray Hill and then Holmdel. Today after Lisa and I landed at Newark, her mother picked us up, and on the way to her house we stopped at the Holmdel building, which is now a multipurpose building with a food court, shops, and various offices. All over the place are museum-esque artifacts and pictures from the Bell Labs days.
I thought about Ferg's "quiet room" episode. I asked Lisa if there was a quiet room in Holmdel -- and there is. I doubt it's accessible to the public though. But it was cool to know it was there, and to also know I was literally feet away from where proof of the big bang was uncovered.