IJBFC Chat - March 5, 2006
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[Brad_from_Georgia] Hi, Laura!
[Laura_Leff] Hi folks
[Maxwell] Hey LL
[Laura_Leff] I'll be right back...just wanted to get logged in.
[Brad_from_Georgia] We'll wait.
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[Brad_from_Georgia] Ya-ta-dah te dum, te dum...
[Maxwell] I just found a neat trick. Click the button directly to the left of the question mark and it'll put the chat in a separate wind
[Maxwell] Hey Steve!
[Steve_-__shimp_] Holy cow, this chat room TALKS!
[Maxwell] Yeah, scary isn't it!
[Brad_from_Georgia] Hey, that is neat! If only the type were big enough for my old eyes to read...
[Steve_-__shimp_] creepy... How's everyone?
[Steve_-__shimp_] A Separate Wind? Isn't that a novel?
[Maxwell] I'm doing good, considering the snow.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Doing well. Waiting for Spring Break, and the weak after...Eddie Carroll as Jack Benny in my home town!
[Brad_from_Georgia] Week after. Gee, I can't even spell!
[Maxwell] I thought maybe you'd be weak after spring break.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Ooh, I just found out how to make the type larger!
[Steve_-__shimp_] Are there any of these little icons I SHOULDN'T click?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Students are weak after spring break. Me, I'm regenerated.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Maybe not the door, Steve
[Maxwell] I was all set to gripe about the top couple of lines being lopped off when I found the button to put it in a different window.
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[Brad_from_Georgia] Hi, Alex.
[Alex_Buck] Hello everyone
[Maxwell] Don't click the one to the left of the one that gives you a new window.
[Maxwell] That clears the window.
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[Brad_from_Georgia] Hi, Mike.
[Mike_Amo] Hi kids!
[Maxwell] He Mike, Alex.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Hi Mike
[Laura_Leff] BRB, but click on the + magnifying glass to make the type bigger
[Brad_from_Georgia] Yes, LL, I figured that out. I won't tell you how old I am, but now the type is filling up half my office wall.
[Maxwell] You must be older than I am, then. Mine only fills up a quarter of the wall.
[Mike_Amo] I've gone with a quarter-panel
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[Brad_from_Georgia] I'm ONLY 39. Well, I'm a year younger than Jack was in the show LL put up for tonight.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Steve, when you left, we heard angelic harps.
[Mike_Amo] How about that! So am I!
[Steve_-__shimp_] *evil* *evil*
[Mike_Amo] Hi Steve
[Brad_from_Georgia] Not that we wanted you to go....
[Maxwell] I wonder if I inspired this months choice with my comments last month about cimmaron rolls.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Funny, but this is the show that Eddie Carroll uses in "Laughter in Bloom." I'll hear part of it again in a couple of weeks!
[Steve_-__shimp_] Still getting acclimated here... too many ingredamints in this chat room
[Alex_Buck] I was telling my wife that the bit about taking a shower with a raw potato was used in the Eddie Carroll show
[Brad_from_Georgia] *evil*Don't mind me, just experimenting
[Mike_Amo] I think we lost LL to the magnifying glass
[Maxwell] Hey LL, it's past 7:00 CST! Time to start!
[Steve_-__shimp_] The potato bit cracks me up, it's that kind of surreal, goofy humor that is peculiar to Jack's show.
[Alex_Buck] Eddie then blends in an earlier sketch at a train station with Phil Harris
[Brad_from_Georgia] The Eddie Caroll show is doing well in ticket sales so far. 350+ seats sold in a 600-seat auditorium...and the "official"
[Laura_Leff] OK...here I am...
[Brad_from_Georgia] ticket sales don't start until tomorrow.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Can someone explain to me the payoff to the gag about Dennis' uncle? I either didn't hear the punchline right or didn't get the
[Laura_Leff] Just trying to get situated here...just got back from the movies.
[Mike_Amo] I saw his show in Venice, Florida, at the end of January...it was great
[Brad_from_Georgia] His uncle wasn't really dead--"Pass the cream, joke's over."
[Maxwell] Movies? What are these...movies?
[Laura_Leff] So here's a little acclimation to the room, since Dan and I have played with it for a while.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Brad, no, the line before that one - smoking something... some product.
[Laura_Leff] Buttons along the bottomr.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Mike, Eddie loved the Venice, FL shows! He and Carolyn are planning to go back.
[Laura_Leff] Smilie button gives you emoticons
[Mike_Amo] It was a great theatre and the audiences were good
[Laura_Leff] lol *)
[Brad_from_Georgia] Oh, he "Poofed" himself to death with Stopette, a spray-on deodorant.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Thanks for providing a chat room with evil audio laughter, too.
[Laura_Leff] Music note gives you little sounds.
[Steve_-__shimp_] That's it, stopette! all's clear now, I didn't know what that was.
[Brad_from_Georgia] ;) No prob!
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[Laura_Leff] But let's not overdo it with the sounds...know it's tempting.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Hi, Mark
[Mike_Amo] Hi mark
[Maxwell] You have to be old like me to remember Stopette.
[Laura_Leff] Hi Mark!
[Maxwell] Hi Mark
[Laura_Leff] Clock button adds a timestamp before each line
[Steve_-__shimp_] LL, I have a cold and I just thought my nose made that bird sound!
[Brad_from_Georgia] "Perspiration? Stop it with Stopette!"
[Mike_Amo] You outdid me with Stopette
[Laura_Leff] Steve - I know mine sometimes could when I have a cold.
[Mike_Amo] And I'm 39!
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[Laura_Leff] Audio button turns audio off an on
[Brad_from_Georgia] Hi, Scott
[Laura_Leff] Hi Scott!
[Maxwell] Hi Scott
[Mike_Amo] Hi Scott
[Laura_Leff] Next button creates a window from which you can copy the chat text.
[Scott_in_KC] I made it! :) Hi everyone!
[Brad_from_Georgia] I just pressed one button and ordered a pizza...
[Maxwell] Meaning we won't have to email LL when the thing clears?
[Laura_Leff] This was the biggest aspect that made me throw out chat software options.
[Laura_Leff] Maxwell - Well, I'll try to stay on top of it. It does still clear after a while.
[Laura_Leff] + and - buttons affect text size.
[Laura_Leff] Don't press the erase button unless you want to erase your chat window
[Maxwell] + = bigger, - = smaller
[Brad_from_Georgia] Yes, I have my text size set to "geezer"
[Mike_Amo] lol, too late Laura!
[Laura_Leff] Next button moves the chat to a separate window
[Mike_Amo] I wonder what this one does...pfft
[Brad_from_Georgia] Mike, did you get the pizza too?
[Laura_Leff] Mike - That's the raspberry button
[Mike_Amo] I erased the pizza
[Maxwell] I already pressed the erase, but there were only about 5 lines in my window.
[Laura_Leff] ? is supposed to be for help, but I think this is self-explanatory.
[Alex_Buck] I thought that the pictures of Mary's Rolls were pretty cool. Thanks for thinking of us car buffs
[Laura_Leff] And the door exits you from the chat.
[Scott_in_KC] Laura, has "The Horn Blows at Midnight" defeated "Brokeback Mountain" for Best Picture?
[Mike_Amo] I hope so!
[Brad_from_Georgia] The line seems shorter to me than the old one did. Let me see, how long can I go before getting to the end of a text line. Well,
[Brad_from_Georgia] not too bad!
[Laura_Leff] Scott - Not yet...Jon Stewart is still talking.
[Mike_Amo] LOL, glad I didn't try that door
[Alex_Buck] Has there been any word on jack's Cadillacs or Mercerdes?
[Scott_in_KC] <<< Not watching, would rather give my attention here.
[Laura_Leff] Alex - Well, there's a key for his Chrysler that was on Ebay
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[Laura_Leff] Hi Gulliver
[Mike_Amo] Hi Gul!
[Maxwell] Welcome back Gulliver!
[Brad_from_Georgia] Oh, LL--the flowers on Jack's tomb were in very nice condition when we visited. Jack and Mary had had several visitors before us
[Maxwell] Done traveling?
[Steve_-__shimp_] There's a car museum in LA that has one of Jack's cars, not sure which one, plus a wax figure of Jack.
[Scott_in_KC] Hiya Gulliver.
[Gulliver] Thanks, Maxwell!
[Laura_Leff] Brad - That's great to know. I did a little dusting when I was there in December.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Hi Gulliver.
[Mike_Amo] LOL, I'd forgotten about the Stopette...didn't follow that at the time...replaying it now :P
[Gulliver] And all else! How is everybody? Had enough Cimarron rolls?
[Laura_Leff] Steve - There is?
[Scott_in_KC] Did Jack really own a Maxwell?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Yeah, LL, I bookmarked the website somewhere, I'll send it to you.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Jack didn't, but the studio did.
[Laura_Leff] Scott - Not really. Those belonged to the studios, MCA, etc.
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[Mike_Amo] Hi Bill!
[Maxwell] Hey bill!
[Gulliver] Aloha Bill!
[Laura_Leff] Hi Bill!
[Scott_in_KC] What became of it? Is it in the Smithsonian?
[Scott_in_KC] Hi Bill.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Used-car shopping, Scott? :)
[Laura_Leff] Scott - Well, there are several Maxwells that claim Jack in their lineage.
[Scott_in_KC] No sir. Fascinated. :)
[Laura_Leff] OK...I've got to turn off the awards...let me pop in a DVD.
[Maxwell] Buck Benny on Brokeback Mountain?
[Brad_from_Georgia] I wish there were a scale-model kit of the Maxwell!
[Alex_Buck] To go along with a Jack action figure?
[Brad_from_Georgia] "Dress him up as Buck Benny!"
[Mike_Amo] Picturing Jack and Slim Pickens now...yikes!
[Alex_Buck] How about a button to have him fall on the floor laughing
[Scott_in_KC] LOL Brad.
[Gulliver] Now there's a fund-raiser for the club. The JB Action Figure.
[Maxwell] I'm thinking more Buck and Andy.
[Gulliver] With Super-Tight-Fisted Money Grip.
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[Maxwell] bill found the door.
[Alex_Buck] removable toupee sold separately
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[Mike_Amo] wb Bill
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[Maxwell] Found the door, eh bill?
[_bill] so much for "?"
[Mike_Amo] lol Gulliver :D
[Brad_from_Georgia] Figure alone, $39.00. Figure with violin, $1.95.
[Laura_Leff] OK...I'm back.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Back, sorry. Something went clunk and the wireless went out.
[Gulliver] Yeah, these buttons are intriguing...
[Laura_Leff] There is sort of a Maxwell model...it was a prize for State Farm agents back around 1960.
[Scott_in_KC] Welcome back, Laura.
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL--Joseph Kearns as the finder of lost heirs, right?
[Mike_Amo] I can't say L O L lol
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Right.
[Alex_Buck] I kept waiting for a lost hair reference that never came
[Scott_in_KC] Laura, I recall that. My parents worked for State Farm.
[Steve_-__shimp_] The show was quite cut down, only 20 mins or so...
[Brad_from_Georgia] Alex--So you expected the gag toupee off?
[Maxwell] Must have been an AFRN version.
[Gulliver] I think the dilemma at the end of this episode is, in its way, funnier than "your money or your life."
[Alex_Buck] Yeah - like it was an old hair piece from a long lost uncle
[Laura_Leff] Hair hair, what's on your head
[Brad_from_Georgia] It's a very smooth episode.
[Maxwell] This is a tale well calculated to keep you in SUSPENSE!
[Steve_-__shimp_] Gulliver, yeah, because it puts two of Jack's character traits in opposition rather than one... good story.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Bob had some funny lines for a change!
[Gulliver] Loved the "Suspense" reference.
[Alex_Buck] The part when Bob calls for ice almost sounded like Phil
[Laura_Leff] Ah...Syriana. OK, turning off the Oscars.
[Scott_in_KC] You guys seem to love OTR, too.
[Brad_from_Georgia] "Phil didn't drink at all until he met Dennis..." Great line.
[Laura_Leff] Gulliver - Yes, I agree with you that it's even funnier than YMOYL
[Maxwell] Then Bob calling Jack "Jackson" when Dennis gets to him....
[Brad_from_Georgia] Scott--yes, I'm a big OTR fan, but only of a few shows....
[Steve_-__shimp_] Interesting that Phil's departure is pretty openly discussed - they didn't try to ignore the situation or play it down.
[Scott_in_KC] Jack must have joined AA, thanks to Dennis.
[Laura_Leff] Steve - Jack does comment at the top of the season that Phil couldn't be on because of too many commitments.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Steve--I don't think Phil's leaving was in any way acrimonious.
[Alex_Buck] Darn it, I gotta go. I'll check back in later.
[Scott_in_KC] Brad, the actor for "The Shadow" was from suburban Prairie Village, KS. :)
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[Laura_Leff] They mention it on a number of occasions. Even have a one-sided phone conversation with Phil, who's hung over and forgot he's
[Steve_-__shimp_] No, it wasn't but - for the audience's sake, they might not want to call attention to it.
[Maxwell] Later Alex
[Laura_Leff] not on the show any more
[Gulliver] I guess the whole concept of a show-about-making-the-show almost required it!
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Depends on who you ask.
[Laura_Leff] I never did get around to answering that Maxwell question.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Trivia: What was Joseph Kearns's role in a 1950s Disney cartoon?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Doorknob, alice in wonderland
[Brad_from_Georgia] Steve, my man! Correctamundo!
[Gulliver] Steve rocks!
[Steve_-__shimp_] I'm one of the few boosters of that as a great Disney movie.
[Gulliver] Once you know Salvador Dali was a consultant ...
[Steve_-__shimp_] Jack Benny and Lewis Caroll have a lot of common - Jack is Alice in a lot of ways.
[Maxwell] Lash Leff of the west.
[Laura_Leff] Gulliver - He was? Seriously?
[Brad_from_Georgia] My daughter's really into voice acting and Disney movies. She's collecting a "Wall of Fame" of Disney voice actors.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - You got Eddie for her, right?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Of course, she has an autographed Eddie Carroll "Jiminy Cricket" picture!
[Gulliver] Famously (I know folks at Disney) ... he ultimately quit the project but the animation staff was never the same ...
[Laura_Leff] Wow....Le Chien Andalu to Alice in Wonderland. But no slashing eyeballs
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[Gulliver] Thank God! :)
[Maxwell] Hey Joe, whaddaya know?
[Laura_Leff] Hi Joe1
[Gulliver] Hola Joe!
[Mike_Amo] Hi Joe
[Steve_-__shimp_] I've been looking forward to seeing that piece of animation they did as a revival of a "lost" Dali/Disney short -what was that?
[Laura_Leff] Or severed hands lying in the street. Or puritans tied to pianos
[Laura_Leff] (Can you tell I used to be something of a film student?)
[Gulliver] Lorca says Chien Andalou is about him.
[Laura_Leff] I'm sure anyone who hasn't seen Chien Andalou is bewildered at my comments.
[Mike_Amo] In January I saw an 8-minute Disney-Dali collaboration film completed about 2 years ago
[Gulliver] We should continue this off-post. :)
[Mike_Amo] Destino, drawn up about 1946 but never completed
[Laura_Leff] Well, we can tie it to on-topic. Because of Dennis', Phil's and Don's connections to Disney.
[Mike_Amo] They both must have been smoking something :D
[Mike_Amo] And it wasn't Stopette
[Brad_from_Georgia] Dennis was Johnny Applehead--uh, Appleseed.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Destino, that's it - recently completed as I understand.
[Mike_Amo] Interesting and bizarre
[Laura_Leff] I know Don did Little Toot...did he do anything else with Disney?
[Gulliver] So, Laura, was the 39-vs-$5K dilemma the reason you chose the episode for this month?
[Scott_in_KC] LOL Brad
[Brad_from_Georgia] Phil was Baloo and Thomas O'Malley...Little John...forgetting anyone?
[Maxwell] Nah, it was the cimmaron rolls.
[Scott_in_KC] Phil was in The Jungle Book. The Bear Necessities
[Laura_Leff] Gulliver - I think I chose it for all those reasons.
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-Rock-a-doodle wasn't Disney, though.
[Laura_Leff] Phil was making Rock-a-doodle when I interviewed him.
[Gulliver] It's a great episode and I hadn't heard it in years.
[Steve_-__shimp_] LL, getting back to something before I was kicked off - the Jack wax figure and car are at the Petersen Wax Museum in LA.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Ah OK. I never saw it, so I don't know.
[Steve_-__shimp_] The car is a 1967 Imperial convertible.
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-It's not bad. Just not very good!
[Laura_Leff] Steve - Is that like the Johnson's Wax museum?
[Scott_in_KC] <<< Mickey Mouse "born" five blocks north of me.
[Laura_Leff] Anyone going around with wax on their heads?
[Steve_-__shimp_] I'd go to the turtle wax museum...
[Brad_from_Georgia] I've got a hamburger on my head.
[Laura_Leff] Steve - No kidding! I wonder if that's the car that matches the key!
[Maxwell] Imagine how many turtles have died just to make cars shiny.
[Scott_in_KC] LOL Max
[Gulliver] I'm wearing my toupee that makes me look like Van Johnson.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Poor turtles.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - That's hambourg, not hamburg!
[Maxwell] Or homburg.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Ohhh, NOW you tell me!
[Laura_Leff] Max - Thanks for the spelling correction
[Scott_in_KC] What if they were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...They would fight back.
[Mike_Amo] What was Phil in Rock-a-Doodle, I saw part of that on cable long ago
[Laura_Leff] The first part of this show was used on some other things, and is often separated from the second half.
[Maxwell] Why are we talking about Johnson's Wax. Did Fibber and Molly drop by?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Phl were a houn' dawg in Rock a doodle.
[Scott_in_KC] Tain't funny, McMax.....
[Laura_Leff] He ain't nothin but a houn' dawg
[Maxwell] He warn't nothin' but a houn' dog...
[Brad_from_Georgia] Trivia: What was Jimmy Stewart's last movie?
[Laura_Leff] Echo in here
[Gulliver] Yow -- synchronicity!
[Maxwell] Some Lassie movie.
[Brad_from_Georgia] No, Fievel Goes West. He were a houn' dawg in that.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Lassie Goes to Hell?
[Laura_Leff] Jimmy Stewart was a houn dog?
[Maxwell] Lassie finds out he's a male?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Yep. His name were Wiley Burpp.
[Laura_Leff] Lassie in Transamerica?
[Scott_in_KC] You guys crack me up.
[Laura_Leff] Wiley Burpp makes me Ear[
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[Brad_from_Georgia] Now, cut that out! *whip*
[Laura_Leff] Hi Professor!
[Maxwell] Brokeback collies
[Mike_Amo] Hi Prof
[Maxwell] Hey Prof!
[Gulliver] LeBlanc! Le Glutton de Punishment!
[Mike_Amo] Passes LL something for that hiccup
[Prof_LaBlanc] Hello all
[Laura_Leff] So what other thoughts on the show for tonight?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Hey, Prof, you're one of many / Help us chat about Jack Benny...
[Scott_in_KC] Bon jour les Professor.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Dug the Gracie Allen reference!
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL, we were just saying that it's the show Eddie Carroll uses in his re-creation.
[Gulliver] Oh dear, Brad ... was that to the tune of the little walk-up to "Love in Bloom"?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Not even gracie would soap up with a potato...
[Brad_from_Georgia] Gulliver--Yes, "Kreutzer Exercise"
[Maxwell] "How about a kiss."
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Yes, very true. I think that's another reason I chose it.
[Scott_in_KC] The Minute in G?
[Gulliver] Brad, I bet you also know the PDQ Bach piece where the Kreutzer is the punch line.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Gulliver--I've heard it but can't think of it!
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[Prof_LaBlanc] This is my fist time in this chat...I feel like an outsider :-(
[Maxwell] Don't feel that way.
[Steve_-__shimp_] You're inside now, Prof!
[Brad_from_Georgia] By a coinkidink, Eddie's playing the same theater that PDQ Bach played last year about this time in my hometown.
[Laura_Leff] Prof - Not at all...please just jump right in. Ask questions. What's your favorite Benny gag?
[Prof_LaBlanc] Right, Steve...good point.
[Gulliver] Actually it's Shikele's "Unbegun Symphony." Made up of quotes from other pieces. Ends with the Kreutzer. Hilarious!
[Maxwell] You just have to kind of figure out where this thing is going.
[Laura_Leff] Shikele is still performing? Wow, he's done as much for classical music as Jack has.
[Maxwell] Or TO it.
[Prof_LaBlanc] Anything with Prof LaBlanc, Laura.
[Gulliver] Good point.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Gulliver--What's the one (non PDQ though) that works in "1812 Overture" and "You Are My Sunshine?"
[Prof_LaBlanc] Mel Blanc is brilliant.
[Gulliver] Brad -- that's it, that's the one.
[Maxwell] Just heard George and Gracie with Jack and Prof. LeBlanc the other day.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Schickele is not only performing, but he's taking face-first dives from wheelchairs onto the stage!
[Laura_Leff] Prof - So here's a challenging question, not to put you on the offensive, just tease out a thought.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Max, is that a B&A show?
[Laura_Leff] Prof - Almost every LeBlanc interaction is in the same structure. What continues to make them funny for you?
[Maxwell] George and Jack become Gypsies.
[Laura_Leff] I often ask the same about the Si-Sy routine.
[Prof_LaBlanc] The delivery, Laura...that silly accent gets me every time.
[Steve_-__shimp_] OTRCAT just got a huge new slew of B&A shows, including a lot of earlier (better) pre-"sitcom" ones, I want to order them.
[Maxwell] Yeah, and I'm starting to get mighty tired of your questioning my love of Si-Sy, too, LL! :D
[Mike_Amo] Found a running Oscar wire...will folks want to know?
[Gulliver] I saw that, Steve! I haven't ordered a CD from them before but I think I'll get those.
[Laura_Leff] Prof - Yes, I can understand that. I have a similar reaction to *ducking* John L. C. Silvoney.
[Brad_from_Georgia] I agree with the Prof--plus the timing is perfect. And you can see Jack starting to break up at Mel's vocals!
[Scott_in_KC] Prof. His accent sounds like Pepe la Pew
[Prof_LaBlanc] Same effect the race track tout (sp?) has on me. Funny every time.
[Steve_-__shimp_] They're a trustworthy company Gulliver, I've ordered a couple of times and have been pretty pleased.
[Laura_Leff] Prof - Yes, I feel the same way about Sheldon Leonard. Just makes me smile. Although it's a very tight structure (discussed
[Prof_LaBlanc] Pretty muchj the same, Scott.
[Maxwell] Main difference between Mel's Pepi and the Prof. is the Charles Boyer in Pepi's voice.
[Gulliver] Thanks, Steve. Do you know what's happened to the Digital Deli? Are you familiar with them?
[Laura_Leff] that on the Forum a few weeks ago)
[Brad_from_Georgia] "Press down 'arder wiz zee feenger, keel me queek, don't let me linger..."
[Steve_-__shimp_] I'll order AFTER I pony up for 39 Forever Vol 2 of course...
[Maxwell] Or Pepe
[Steve_-__shimp_] Not familiar with Digital Deli, G.
[Scott_in_KC] The Prof. never told Jack he "Smells like ze flowers that bloom in ze springtime" Laura. :)
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[Gulliver] I'm still saving my shekels for 39 Forever v. ONE ... :(
[Maxwell] Hey BP
[Laura_Leff] Hey folks, it's BILL POWERS!
[Scott_in_KC] Howdy Bill
[Gulliver] Hi Bill!
[Mike_Amo] wb Bill!
[Brad_from_Georgia] I'll order Vol. 2...probably after tax time. We always owe taxes...sigh.
[Laura_Leff] I released Volume 1 on tax day 2003.
[bill_powers] hi folks
[Brad_from_Georgia] (Andy Devine voice) HIYA, BILL!
[Scott_in_KC] You taxpayers sound like Jack when he whines at the IRS
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[Gulliver] Wow, Brad -- you sounded just like him!
[Mike_Amo] Ordered Vol. 2, especially because there was no mention of Clooney winning Best Supporting Actor :D
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[Laura_Leff] Hi Joan
[Mike_Amo] Hi Joan
[Gulliver] Hi Joan!
[Steve_-__shimp_] Revolving door here - hi Joan.
[Maxwell] Hi Joan
[Brad_from_Georgia] Mike--Yes, I'm one of the chat line's best impressionists in print.
[Scott_in_KC] Hi Joan. Joan Benny?
[Mike_Amo] I think they're learning about the door
[Brad_from_Georgia] Hi, Joan!
[Gulliver] You're a regular Dennis Day.
[Brad_from_Georgia] I'm better than that. I'm a Dennis Week.
[Laura_Leff] Joan Leya...not Benny
[Steve_-__shimp_] Listen to this: Ozzy Osbourne - *beep* *beep* *beep*
[Scott_in_KC] I was hopping, Laura.
[Maxwell] I only heard one *beep*
[Gulliver] *evil* Ouch!
[Steve_-__shimp_] Well, I was censored.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Now, children....
[Laura_Leff] Along with the fun sounds...
[Laura_Leff] What other Benny questions/topics would you like to discuss?
[Mike_Amo] *bleep* *bleep* Just testing
[Gulliver] LL, you gave us this cool toy, we gotta PLAY with it ...
[Laura_Leff] Oh, I've got no problem with you playing with the new toy. Just don't want newbie to think we're just mucking around.
[Gulliver] Tell us what's new with the stamp campaign.
[Maxwell] Cimmaron (or however you spell it...Edna Ferber's dead and I can't ask her) rolls.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Oh, Mike--may have asked this in the forum. Was Eddie using the "NBC" mike in Venice?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Anything further happen with the reps and congress people on the stamp campaign?
[joanleya] laura, does joan benny ever attend any of the old time radio meetings,,,,are you in contact with her
[Laura_Leff] I'll come back to the stamp campaign in a minute...
[Mike_Amo] I don't think so...I'll have to check
[Maxwell] I wrote both of my senators and my congressman and only got one response.
[Laura_Leff] Joan - I am in touch with her regularly. She doesn't attend many of the OTR meetings, only rarely.
[Laura_Leff] I think our convention in 2003 was the last one she attended.
[Laura_Leff] Stamp campaign...
[Brad_from_Georgia] I've lined up a Heil mike for him here that's close to an RCA 44 "junior" mike from the forties.
[Maxwell] Barack Obama told me to write to the committee.
[Laura_Leff] I need to follow up with the various lead Congressional offices to get status.
[Brad_from_Georgia] I've written my reps.
[Laura_Leff] Maxwell - Really? That's funny...his office is one of the potential leads.
[Gulliver] Status? We thought you had status.
[Gulliver] Or was that class?
[Steve_-__shimp_] We don't need no stinkin' status!
[Laura_Leff] I sent packages to the individual members of the Committee.
[joanleya] thank you laura for spearheading this campaign...whatever the outcome it is great to see jack benny
[Laura_Leff] I got a handwritten note from one of them.
[Mike_Amo] Standard old time mike, Brad, no logo on it
[Laura_Leff] Joan - Thanks much.
[Maxwell] He did sound sympathetic, though.
[Laura Leff] Hiya...didn't realize we had private chat!
[Brad_from_Georgia] OK, Mike thanks! I'll be prepared if he doesn't bring the NBC one!
[Laura Leff] That's good.
[Laura Leff] His staffer was very supportive.
[Scott_in_KC] Ditto to Joan's comments, Laura.
[Laura Leff] Thanks for your support!
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-Eddie and Carolyn spoke very warmly about the stamp campaign when we saw them a couple weeks back.
[Maxwell] Didn't hear anything from whatzisface....can't remember our other senators name....
[Laura Leff] Durbin
[Laura Leff] ?
[Maxwell] Yeah, Dick Durbin...I keep thinking Alan Dixon because he used to be a senator.
[Laura Leff] They were even more supportive, and sounded like they'd take the lead.
[Maxwell] Let's hope!
[Brad_from_Georgia] BTW, folks, if you're out in LA, drop by Hillside Memorial and visit Jack. The folks there are VERY proud of him!
[Laura_Leff] That's great! Eddie was just on NPR's Weekend America in conjunction with the stamp campaign.
[joanleya] i live in chicago and channel 23 (local tv) is now running jack benny and george burns reruns
[Laura Leff] Indeed!
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-Nuts, I missed it! He should've told me!
[Steve_-__shimp_] You're kidding, Joan, that's great!
[Laura_Leff] Joan - do they have many episodes?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Joan--You mean I'm going to have to move to Chicago?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Those shows are rarer than a hen's tooth on the air.
[Maxwell] joan...we get that on cable. When are they showing that?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Or in a hen's mouth, for that matter.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - I think you can still get it online. Go to weekendamerica.org and look for...uh...I think it's the Feb 25th show.
[Laura_Leff] 1st hour around the 43:00 mark
[joanleya] i cant help but think that the stamp campaign put him back on the radar
[Brad_from_Georgia] Will do. Huh, we had brunch with him on Feb. 19th. What a modest guy!
[Laura_Leff] Joan - Sure hope so. That was part of why I did it.
[Laura_Leff] Joan - Are they showing PD episodes, or a bunch of later ones?
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-I'm getting so many fond memories of Jack as we publicize Eddie's show. Everyone loved Jack!
[Maxwell] (I can't believe they're showing Benny reruns and I missed it!)
[Scott_in_KC] If the USPS can have stamps honoring Jim Henson and the Muppets, surely they can honor Jack again.
[Mike_Amo] Thanks Joan, I never thought of it before, but it's renewal time for me with the DC and Maryland PBS folks...now I know what
[Laura_Leff] Brad - I swear, I call it the Magic of Jack.
[Maxwell] Of course now that TV Guide doesn't do local listings....
[Mike_Amo] show to push them to air
[Brad_from_Georgia] Last night we had a band concert and when the MC announced "Jack Benny" is coming to campus, the audience applauded!
[Laura_Leff] If I can just get a DVD deal off the ground, we'll have a syndication package ready-made. But still working on that.
[joanleya] there is one jack and one george on TONIGHT at ten pm chicago time...right after the oscars
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Wow!
[Maxwell] Is it the old Burns & Allen Show?
[Laura_Leff] Joan - Do you know which ones?
[Laura_Leff] Joan - Have you seen any of them yet?
[Maxwell] I've got tomorrow off! I can watch them!
[Brad_from_Georgia] There was a tour group from an assisted living home. They took all our fliers. Reminded me of the Jack Benny Pasadena Fan Club!
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Har har...I've seen that crowd. Heck, I think I played to them once or twice.
[Scott_in_KC] I better get my Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Maxwellhouse Coffee ready.
[joanleya] i dont know laura...but i dont really care anyway! i will be watching regardless!
[Gulliver] Gotta get my kid off to bed so I'd better check out. Eat your Grape Nuts, everybody!
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-How good is the movie "Angels with Angles"?
[Maxwell] Nah...it's TV. You'll need Luckies and either Carnation Milk or BF Goodrich tires.
[Laura_Leff] Take care, Gulliver!
[joanleya] i am also reading milton berles auto biography (from the 1970s ) and he mentions jack bennys dad
[Brad_from_Georgia] Bye, gulliver!
[Scott_in_KC] Take care Gulliver.
[Maxwell] So long Gulliver
[Mike_Amo] Bye Gulliver
[Gulliver] See you next time. :)
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Do you really want me to answer that?
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[Steve_-__shimp_] Bye Gulliver, thanks for stopping.
[joanleya] and his dad comparing notes (and PRIDE) over their sons in new york at the palace
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-Well, I hoped it was good. Gorshin sounded terrific. Can't understand why Eddie wasn't in it as Jack!
[Laura_Leff] Joan - Understood. I'm just curious if they're getting material from MCA or using public domain shows.
[Laura Leff] It sucked the big one.
[Laura Leff] But don't quote me on that.
[Laura Leff] And the Benny impersonator was worse.
[Steve_-__shimp_] It's somewhat easy to tell in a general sense, do they have that "live TV" kinescope look or do they look like film, like an I
[joanleya] laura you may be our best hope to get some sort of memoir from phil harris's daughters, rochesters
[Steve_-__shimp_] Love Lucy rerun (particularly true for B&A
[joanleya] children, etc
[Brad_from_Georgia] Thanks, Laura. Dang it, wish it could've been better!
[Laura Leff] Yeah, me too. Oh well.
[Laura_Leff] Joan - Well, I'd love to do that. I've been trying hard to get Eddie's son to respond to me, but no luck yet.
[Laura_Leff] I sent E-mail to Phil's daughters, but also no response.
[Maxwell] I'm gonna go check to see what our on-screen description is of tonight's shows...if any...bbiab.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Eddie's daughter and ex-wife just did a commentary for Cabin in the Sky DVD that is pretty good. Maybe they'd chit chat?
[Laura_Leff] If they show Jack and Bob doing "Road to Nairobi", then they're public domain shows.
[Scott_in_KC] You would think they would be proud of their fathers.
[Laura_Leff] Steve - Yes, I have to look for contact information for them.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Maybe the kids are just tired of being asked about their dads. But the rest of us want to know!
[Laura_Leff] Scott - Oh, I'm sure they are. But sometimes when you say the words "Fan Club" people get an idea that you're a screaming teeny
[Steve_-__shimp_] It's a warm commentary though their time is brief and shared with a lot of others - sweet nonethless.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Well, I certainly am.
[joanleya] too bad...i really enjoyed reading about phil and alice in bing crosbys wife's book i.e. about their fishing trips, etc
[Scott_in_KC] <<< Not a jack Benny groupie.
[bill_powers] <<<<<<I am a screaming teeny bopper
[Brad_from_Georgia] Maybe we could have T-shirts made.
[Maxwell] I just checked out tonight's Benny show..."Ben Blue Show."
[Scott_in_KC] Great idea, Brad.
[Laura_Leff] Maxwell - Ah! That's MCA!
[Maxwell] And the B&A is "Gracie Buys George a Ranch."
[Laura_Leff] Verrrrrrrrry interesting.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Why not? I wear my "Prairie Home Companion" ball cap with pride...though it's PINK!
[Scott_in_KC] Some time ago, someone suggested bumper stickers.
[Steve_-__shimp_] The B&A is one of the Columbia ones, also not PD.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - I've thought about doing some test marketing to the club of various Benny logo items.
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-I'd suggest a change purse...
[Laura_Leff] Scott - Yes, that was Mike...not Amo.
[Scott_in_KC] Brad...a pink Atlanta Braves cap? :)
[Maxwell] They must have a deal with MCA...it's preceded by the Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - That's a cute idea, if anyone has those for logos.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Scott-no, sir, mine's blue.
[joanleya] i know gently chuck schaden might enjoy having them on one of his radio shows as he is playing their parents radio shows..
[Steve_-__shimp_] Jack Benny's face on a peeled potato!
[Laura_Leff] How about a pink Red Sox cap?
[Brad_from_Georgia] steve- :D
[Laura_Leff] Very interesting...I didn't know MCA was still syndicating the shows.
[Laura_Leff] Huh. Important information for me to know.
[Brad_from_Georgia] How about a piggy bank shaped like Don Wilson? No, forget it. Nobody has that many dimes.
[Scott_in_KC] Brad...Jack did.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Oh, there's been a piggy bank with a mediocre likeness of Jack painted on the pig's po-po.
[Maxwell] You need a figurine of Jack with his violin.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Christmas tree ornaments! Of the whole cast!
[Laura_Leff] I'm sure Orthodox Jew Meyer Kubelsky wouldn't have approved.
[Steve_-__shimp_] I think those coinstar things that sort change at supermarkets should be shaped like Jack.
[Laura_Leff] Look for the pig bank on Ebay
[Brad_from_Georgia] But Jack was so happy on the Christmas shows!
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Hey, that was on my Estate action plan.
[Laura_Leff] Steve - Nah, then they wouldn't give anything back.
[Steve_-__shimp_] profits go to the IJBFC!
[Laura_Leff] I've had a lot of call for Benny posters.
[Brad_from_Georgia] How about a calendar...where every month has 39 days?
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[Laura_Leff] We can't give you more hours in a day, but we can give you more days in a month.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Or a pair of Dennis Day swim trunks (an empty box)
[Scott_in_KC] How about a bank similar to Jack's vault, or its image ruin the effect of hearing all those chains, Ed the watchman, the alarm
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Tee hee
[Laura_Leff] Scott - Actually, the Home Insurance Company put out Jack Benny vault banks.
[Laura_Leff] But no sound effects
[joanleya] i would love to have one of those...its been a pleasure
[Brad_from_Georgia] We were talking about a Jack Benny Action Figure just before you came back, LL.
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[Laura_Leff] There was also one done some time in the 1940s, I've only ever seen one of them.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Or a plastic model kit of the Maxwell.
[Maxwell] Toupee sold separately.
[Laura_Leff] Jack in action...playing the violin?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Action Jackson?
[Scott_in_KC] I see, Laura. I want to maintain the integrity of the show. We have our own image what it looked like.
[Laura_Leff] Jack in action...not spending money?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Well, it's CHEAPER if they include the violin....
[Maxwell] Hmmm...Jack bank: Figurine of him playing violin. Case open to throw coins in.
[Laura_Leff] Scott - I was talking with Jeanette Eymann about that just yesterday. How no one really liked the vault on TV.
[Steve_-__shimp_] case snaps shut when you least expect it...
[Brad_from_Georgia] Nice idea, Maxwell.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Add a music box of "Love in Bloom," and you're in business.
[Maxwell] Case shuts when you try to take out the money.
[Scott_in_KC] Yep, or Fibber McGee's closet.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Some things are better imagined.
[Mike_Amo] I liked the vault on TV, one of my favorite memories
[Laura_Leff] Steve - That's a really cute idea!
[Mike_Amo] Especially the foghorn at the end
[Mike_Amo] Just back from looking into Channel 23, found some info...will find more later
[Maxwell] I preferred the vault on radio. Much more left to the imagination.
[Scott_in_KC] Mike...when it sounds BOooooo?
[Mike_Amo] That's true, but radio predated my childhood
[Maxwell] Mine, too.
[Mike_Amo] Yes Scott :D
[Laura_Leff] Someone got very, very focused a few years ago on the concept of having Ty make pandas playing a violin and selling them as
[Brad_from_Georgia] And of course Joseph Kearns was the vault guard on radio...
[Laura_Leff] Jack Benny-related
[Mike_Amo] I never thought how old they all look, because I had no prior reference :P
[Steve_-__shimp_] Who's Ty? Pandas? I don't get it.
[Brad_from_Georgia] A teddy bear of Carmichael! And a gas man's empty shoe.
[Maxwell] Beanie Babies = Ty.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Benny Babies?
[Scott_in_KC] Laura, was there another guard besides Mr. Kearns?
[Laura_Leff] Steve - LOL I didn't either. I thought they were nuts. But they insisted over and over that Jack
[Laura_Leff] ALWAYS travelled with a panda when going on the train coast-to-coast.
[Laura_Leff] I E-mailed Joan. She said she'd never heard of it.
[Laura_Leff] And then finally....one day.....
[Maxwell] I thought he traveled with Carmichael.
[Laura_Leff] In January......
[Brad_from_Georgia] No, that was Rochester in a suit. Because pets traveled chaper than people.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Six degrees of Panda - Sara Berner (Mabel, etc) was the voice of Andy Panda, no?
[Scott_in_KC] Laura...I hope you took the Chief.
[Laura_Leff] I was listening to shows for Volume 2, and I found ONE SHOW which had about FOUR LINES that have a real passing mention
[Laura_Leff] Of Jack travelling with a stuffed panda on a train.
[Maxwell] See? They were kind of right...sorta....
[Brad_from_Georgia] So Ty gets big points for trivia, but zilch for marketablity, eh?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Yeah, that's a much better merchandising idea than say, DVDS!!!!
[Laura_Leff] Yes...you just had to find their PARTICULAR needle in the haystack.
[Scott_in_KC] Laura, if you take the train...It might give you an appreciation of what the cast went through.
[Laura_Leff] Steve - ROFLMAO
[Brad_from_Georgia] I listened to a show today from '44 in which Jack gets a camel.
[Maxwell] Nah...they don't have Pulman cars anymore.
[Laura_Leff] Scott - I've sometimes thought of doing that. I almost did it for Washington.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Pre-Lucky Strike days!
[Maxwell] So you can't picture Don going from the upper to the lower berth.
[Laura_Leff] Trivia: Who played the camel?
[Scott_in_KC] Laura, if you do, the Southwest Chief comes thru KC. Look me up/ :)
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-well, sponsor's Grape-Nuts...but at one point the password to use Jack's phone is LS/MFT!
[Laura_Leff] Brad - There are many shows with foreshadowing of LS/MFT.
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-You mean it wasn't a real camel?
[Mike_Amo] Okay, found what's on next week's show, no details about tonight...Barbara and Jack celebrate Jimmy Stewart's anniversary
[Maxwell] Tonight is Ben Blue.
[Laura_Leff] On the show where Dennis thinks Barbara Stanwyck is in love with him, her dying words are LS/MFT.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Nope...camel impersonator.
[Maxwell] (Looked it up.)
[Laura_Leff] You know thae name.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Didn't sound like Mel Blanc!
[Maxwell] E-G-G EGG!
[Laura_Leff] Nope, not Mel Blanc,
[Laura_Leff] Someone who didn't appear on any other Benny show.
[Mike_Amo] :o E-G-G!
[Laura_Leff] Voice artist of sorts.
[Laura_Leff] Still performing.
[Scott_in_KC] You all are discussing Camels, in a Jack Benny chatroom? :)
[Brad_from_Georgia] Not--not Vice President Truman, then. That was my next guess.
[Laura_Leff] Still performing in relation to old radio.
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[Maxwell] Hi Alan
[Laura_Leff] Hi Alan
[Steve_-__shimp_] Not a clue...
[Brad_from_Georgia] Hmmm....Stan Freburg?
[Scott_in_KC] Hi Alan.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Misspelled Stan's name, didn't I?
[Laura_Leff] Brad the man!!!!!!! *slap* on the back
[Maxwell] I think I've heard this before.
[Maxwell] A couple of months ago.
[Maxwell] And I still forgot!
[Laura_Leff] We can also talk about when Margaret Truman was on Jack's show...
[Scott_in_KC] Freberg does the When Radio Was shows, still?
[Laura_Leff] Or when Harry Truman was on it...
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[Laura_Leff] Scott - As far as I know.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Ya know, I got the "Looney Tunes" set for Christmas that has a bunch of Benny-related cartoons on it. Including "Mouse that Jack
[Steve_-__shimp_] Beverly Washburn Margaret Truman?
[Laura_Leff] Steve - Good job!
[Scott_in_KC] That show is not in our market any more. :(
[Laura_Leff] Brad - What else does it have?
[Maxwell] I think it's still on in Chicago.
[Mike_Amo] Laura, oddly, the TV show description includes that it's "Episode 25803"
[Steve_-__shimp_] Saw Beverly in "Old Yeller" the other day....
[Laura_Leff] Mike - That's the Stewarts show?
[Brad_from_Georgia] It has several of the "Jack Bunny" ones--not Malibu Beach Party, though--and "Daffya nd the Dinosaur."
[Laura_Leff] Funny...he only made about 250 TV shows
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Hmmm...maybe I should get a copy after all.
[Laura_Leff] I Love to Singa?
[Laura_Leff] About the moon-a and the June-a and the spring-a?
[Brad_from_Georgia] "Mouse" is a very crisp copy. And there's a hilarious "commentary" about how the violinist couldn't play badly enough!
[Maxwell] Mike...5803 = Year and episode number (3)?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Mike, LL, I bet that refers to the ep where Barbara Nichols and Jack go to the opera while Jimmy & Gloria are there at the same
[Maxwell] Just a thought.
[Steve_-__shimp_] time - great episode.
[Laura_Leff] Y'know, I've got that in the video library and no one ever asks for it. But everyone who's seen it, loves it.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Yes, "I Love to Sing-a" and one of the "store items come alive" ones that I can't remember the title of.
[Steve_-__shimp_] I have it on a commercial tape, probably not properly licensed, from a few years ago.
[Brad_from_Georgia] The second one winds up with "My, oh, my! Tattletale gray!" in a Rochester voice.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Ohhhhhhhhh....Grocery something...
[Scott_in_KC] Laura and others. I have to get up early. Before I go, thanks again, Laura, for all your hard work! :)
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Oh, that's the Bogie and Bacall one
[Maxwell] So long Scott
[Steve_-__shimp_] bye Scott
[Laura_Leff] Night, Scott! Thanks much!
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[Brad_from_Georgia] This one, too--Jack Bunny is in an explosion, winds up in blackface, and says, "My, oh my...etc."
[Brad_from_Georgia] Oh, and Jack...IS a bunny.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Is it Jack Bunny, or is it Humphrey bogart?
[Laura_Leff] Then says something like "Now I can go back to work for Mr. Benny?"
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-No, you're right! My brain cells are misfiring. Yes, that's the line, not "tattletale gray". Thanks!
[Steve_-__shimp_] Tomorrow if the sun is shining I may sing "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin' " in a Rochester voice to annoy the neighbors.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - I think "tattletale gray" is in there somewhere as well. I haven't seen it, but I included a writeup on it a few issues
[Laura_Leff] back in the Times.
[Brad_from_Georgia] BTW, in "I Love to Sing-a", there's not much effort to do a Benny impression.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - The name and cigar are sufficient
[Brad_from_Georgia] Back to the Times.
[Maxwell] Well, Jack Bunny was actually taking the role of Major Bowes, so....
[Laura_Leff] Back issues of the Times
[Laura_Leff] Maxwell - Yes, although years later he'd do amateur shows on his TV series.
[Laura_Leff] I think he did that at least a few times on radio too.
[Laura_Leff] Drink to me only with thine eyes and I will pledge with mine...
[Brad_from_Georgia] Jack Lescoulie was actually very good as Jack in "Daffy and the Dinosaur."
[Laura_Leff] I remember an early show where he comments about having an agency send over new talent.
[Brad_from_Georgia] The little caveman even sort of has Jack's walk.
[Mike_Amo] I remember him from the Today Show
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Really? I was unconvinced that he was supposed to be a full-on Jack.
[Maxwell] Ditto. He was also Jackie Gleason's announcer in the '50s.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Mike--so do I. But most of all, I remember J. Fred Muggs biting Dave Garroway.
[Laura_Leff] Ah! I've never seen that!
[Mike_Amo] lol, I think I've seen that on a tape
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-I thought he was really pretty good. "Well--I'll bet YOU'RE grumpy in the mornings, too!"
[Laura_Leff] That must have been quite a laugh.
[Mike_Amo] Anyone want Oscar updates?
[Mike_Amo] Jack still hasn't won!
[Steve_-__shimp_] Is Felix still ticked at him?
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Hmmm...makes me think of the Yosemite episodes, which I hadn't heard when I first saw it.
[Laura_Leff] Mike - DANG!
[Brad_from_Georgia] Jack Lescoulie was pitching Cool-Wip or some such once. Took a great big bite of it. But the prop man had
[Brad_from_Georgia] substituted shaving cream.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Oh yes, I'd heard about that!
[Maxwell] Ah, the fun of live TV.
[Brad_from_Georgia] I was so glad I was home sick from school that day to see a grown man spitting all over a TV camera lens.
[Laura_Leff] Do you remember the Ed McMahon Alpo commercial where they couldn't get the dog to eat the dog food?
[Maxwell] Then there was the substitute for Betty Furness trying to open the Westinghouse easy open refrigerator door that the crew hadn't
[Mike_Amo] I used to watch them pitch Alpo many nights
[Laura_Leff] Alan - Hope we're not boring you...or that you mind if we go off-topic.
[Laura_Leff] Maxwell - Now that one, I've seen.
[Brad_from_Georgia] The Lord alpos those who alpo themselves.
[Maxwell] And the cow on I've Got a Secret who left a deposit.
[Alan] no, not at all, helping my daughter with homework, so I am sidetracked
[Laura_Leff] Alan - OK, got it. Wanted to make sure we weren't leaving you behind.
[Mike_Amo] or the monkey perched on top of Johnny who left a deposit
[Brad_from_Georgia] Alan-Tell her 1953 minus 1894 equals 39.
[Laura_Leff] Isn't it a shame that we don't have video of the Mr. Ramshaw incident on Fred Allen?
[Mike_Amo] I don't know that one, LL
[Alan] she is in kindergarten, we are working on the letter Q lol
[Maxwell] Q is for queen
[Laura_Leff] Alan - Aw, help her with the letters J and B!
[Brad_from_Georgia] Q is for pool.
[Maxwell] I could use a little J&B about now.
[Laura_Leff] (Although that sounds like cheap scotch)
[Laura_Leff] P-A-L-M S-P-R-I-N-G-S is for vacuum cleaner.
[Steve_-__shimp_] train of thought - I went to a discount store once that had ripoff Q-Tips that were "B-Tips".
[Laura_Leff] I would think if you ripped of the Q-Tip you'd have an I.
[Laura_Leff] Does no one else know about Mr. Ramshaw?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Not if you then stuck the stick in it , you wouldn't.
[Steve_-__shimp_] No, what is Mr. Ramshaw?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Tell us about Mr. Ramshaw.
[Maxwell] At least I can't recall it right now.
[_bill] also no
[Laura_Leff] Oh, well...it's been a few years since I heard it, but it's worth seeking out.
[Laura_Leff] So this guy is on the Allen program with a golden eagle.
[Laura_Leff] he's a bird trainer
[Laura_Leff] And as I recall (again, it's been several years)
[Laura_Leff] The bird gets out of control, and flies up in the rafters and then starts "depositing" all over everything.
[Laura_Leff] In the book "Fred Allen's Letters" there's a priceless tome that Allen wrote to the head of NBC about it.
[Laura_Leff] Allen, in his usual ad libbing mode, is giving color commentary throughout while the audience is screaming.
[Laura_Leff] He wonders why the eagle isn't attracted to the corn in Peter Van Steeden's orchestra, etc.
[Laura_Leff] Of course, it was radio, so all we have is audio. But who knows...it might be like King for a Day and the imagination makes it
[Laura_Leff] even more dramatic.
[Steve_-__shimp_] I can imagine how great Allen would be in a situation like that - there's no one comparable today who wouldn't just mug ...
[Laura_Leff] And the golden eagle's name is Mr. Ramshaw.
[Steve_-__shimp_] But could make pointed commentary like that.
[Brad_from_Georgia] We did a production of "Midsummer Night's Dream." There's a dog in it. Our dog behaved well all during rehearsal.
[Steve_-__shimp_] I thought Mr. Ramshaw might have been a purveyor of a Chinese form of inefficient transportation....
[Brad_from_Georgia] On opening night, it turned its back to the audience and made a deposit.
[Laura_Leff] I could imagine David Letterman pulling off a line or two, but he'd still do a lot of mugging.
[Maxwell] Mugging doesn't do much good on radio, except for the studio audience.
[Laura_Leff] Ah, but Jack could use it like a scalpel.
[Laura_Leff] Staring, not so much mugging.
[Maxwell] Big difference.
[Maxwell] At least to me.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Jack's resigned look of patient suffering could draw a laugh from a bear with a toothache.
[Laura_Leff] Oh say...speaking of "big differences"...here's a little more on the stamp campaign...
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Even Carmichael.
[Alan] I was going to ask how that was going
[Maxwell] There's a lot of Oliver Hardy in Jack Benny.
[Laura_Leff] Well, the handwritten note from the member of the stamp committee said that he was a big Benny fan.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Maxwell--There's not room for that much!
[Mike_Amo] Laura, I have pictures I will snail mail to you, hopefully early this week
[Laura_Leff] Mike - Great! Bob Smith sent me his, and they're very fun
[Maxwell] Both used the stare to terrific comedic effect.
[Laura_Leff] I had shown how Judy Garland and John Wayne were on multiple stamps.
[Alan] Laura, did you know there is going to be a major stamp expo in Washington in May?
[Brad_from_Georgia] True, Maxwell. Hardy's "slow burn" is priceless.
[Laura_Leff] He said that (even though to my eye, the John Wayne stamps are almost identical)
[Mike_Amo] Will email them as well, just a matter of having and taking time
[Laura_Leff] Alan - No kidding! Philately or something else?
[Alan] It is an International show, it is a very large show, only happens every 10 years...
[Laura_Leff] He said that the Garland/Wayne stamps honor their MOVIES, not THEM. So that's not a duplication.
[Brad_from_Georgia] I haven't seen Philately, have you? Sorry...sorry.
[Maxwell] So honor RADIO!
[Alan] Lots of postal organizations will be there, probably would be some press because of the size of the show
[Laura_Leff] Brad - I knew someone would say that.
[Maxwell] Or TV
[Alan] not sure what could be done to promote a Benny stamp
[Brad_from_Georgia] I'm deeply ashamed of myself.
[Laura_Leff] I've suggested that they simply reissue the Hirschfeld stamp, because they're doing that with the Reagan stamp.
[Alan] I don't think that will happen because that was part of a set
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-it's a great image of JB. I'd love to see it again.
[Laura_Leff] Alan - I don't think so either, but I'm looking for every possible path.
[Steve_-__shimp_] The stamp could honor the Benny show - no big deal.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - And heck, they'd only have to change ONE NUMBER. 29 -> 39
[Brad_from_Georgia] Jack would see the economic sense of that!
[Laura_Leff] I haven't said this publicly, but I'm quite frustrated that every interaction with the post office has been basically of them
[Laura_Leff] saying "No way...talk to the hand."
[Maxwell] Heck, I can see him penciling in 3s over the 2s in the stamps he's saved.
[Alan] An OTR set would be nice
[Steve_-__shimp_] OK, this is an organization that has put out how many ugly kitten and flower stamps?
[Maxwell] Yeah...Jack, George & Gracie, Fred Allen, Fibber & Mollie.
[Laura_Leff] And the more support we build, the more staunchly the post office says "This ain't going to fly."
[Laura_Leff] But hey...that's why people go postal.
[Maxwell] You've gotta love the bureaucratic mind.
[Alan] be back in a few
[Laura_Leff] But I keep pushing as much as I can. A lot is in the Congressional hands now.
[Mike_Amo] ditto Alan
[Maxwell] Once they reach a conclusion, nothing you say to disprove it can make them budge.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Hmm...KDKA dates from 1920...the 86th anniversary of commercial radio in the US?
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL, you scared the heck out of me with that laugh!
[Laura_Leff] 39th birthday of commercial radio?
[Maxwell] Aren't we coming up on the 80th anniversary of NBC?
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Just trying to intimidate the post office.
[Brad_from_Georgia] I mean, I'm sitting in a dark room all alone here...
[Maxwell] Or have we passed that already?
[Laura_Leff] Maxwell - I think we passed it?
[Laura_Leff] Hey bill...this sounds like something you'd know.
[Laura_Leff] I'd have to look it up.
[Laura_Leff] I can't remember if it started in 1924 or 1926.
[Laura_Leff] OK, bill's being quiet tonight.
[_bill] that one i don't know
[Brad_from_Georgia] NBC began in '26.
[_bill] watching the don knotts tribute
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Ah, too late then. The 2006 stamps are set.
[Brad_from_Georgia] KDKA linked up with four other stations in 1924...sort of the first network.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Aw, Don Knotts - that was a sad one. I loved the NYT obituary where they called him forever "flappable".
[Laura_Leff] I just accepted a verbal job offer last Thursday or I'd think about being at the postal show Alan mentioned.
[Laura Leff] Did you ever see the clip of Don Knotts playing George W. Bush?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Don Knotts was a funny guy. He was a member of Yarmy's Army, along with Eddie Carroll and lots of others.
[Laura Leff] It's a frigging scream.
[Steve_-__shimp_] YES! LOL
[Laura Leff] OK, you know what I'm talking about. :)
[Laura Leff] That's it!
[Laura Leff] har har
[Maxwell] I remember Knotts on the Steve Allen Show in the "Man on the Street" bits.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Maxwell--me too. "
[Maxwell] "Are you nervous?"
[Steve_-__shimp_] I actually really never got into the Andy Griffith show but Don Knotts was one of a kind.
[Brad_from_Georgia] I remember his "weatherman" skit, where the hapless weatherman has nothing to report.
[Brad_from_Georgia] So he makes up a weather system...
[Laura_Leff] Brad - Oh yes, that was great!
[Maxwell] Funny stuff.
[Laura_Leff] You know....the Jack Benny world got smaller a few weeks ago.
[Steve_-__shimp_] How so?
[Laura_Leff] And I've been pretty upset about it because I was in touch with the person
[Brad_from_Georgia] Trivia: Don Knotts had a short-lived variety TV show. One of his costars was...Eddie Carroll.
[Laura_Leff] And he and I had been trying to set up an interview for almost 6 months between our respective health problems.
[Laura_Leff] I was waiting for him to tell me when he felt up to it.
[Laura_Leff] And now he's gone.
[Laura_Leff] I'm still pretty upset.
[Laura_Leff] Dale White.
[Laura_Leff] He played Harlow, Don Wilson's son.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Dale, who played Don's son on TV?
[Laura_Leff] That's the one.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Oh, too bad. Very sorry to hear that.
[Mike_Amo] Back...there's a Don Knotts tribute?
[Brad_from_Georgia] Right, Harlow!
[Laura_Leff] I was watching clips of "Harlow Gets a Date" with my chin in my hands, feeling bad.
[_bill] cnn larry king
[Mike_Amo] Sorry to hear about Dale, LL
[Maxwell] That's too bad.
[Brad_from_Georgia] So sorry to hear that!
[Laura_Leff] Yeah, it's a shame. I'm going to call his widow some day this week. They'd been married 55 years
[Laura_Leff] So I'm hoping she can tell me some of Dale's stories.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Did Dale leave the acting business? I seem to recall he didn't have many other credits other than Harlow.
[Laura_Leff] Steve - He had his own production company, but I think that was about all he did.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Didn't he work on the TV show "2 1/2 Men" as director or something? I've seen his name in the credits, I think.
[Laura_Leff] Brad - That's possible...I could tell you more if I'd interviewed him. *Sigh*
[Brad_from_Georgia] Just went over to IMDB, and they say he was "First Assistant Director" on that show.
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[Laura_Leff] Oops....Steve's wireless just went out again.
[Laura_Leff] So what other Benny-wise items on your minds tonight?
[Laura_Leff] Or should we call it good and go watch Don Knotts and the Oscars and the letter Q?
[Brad_from_Georgia] LL-and Bound-foolish? I know, I had to say it.
[Maxwell] For anybody who has been listening to Jack Benny Month replays on the Nostalgia Digest web site....
[Laura_Leff] Wah wah wah wahhhhhhhh
[_bill] does anyone knoe if any of the Jack Benny dvds are closed captioned or subtitled?
[Maxwell] only tomorrow before the last one gets removed.
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[Maxwell] There's Steve!
[Mike_Amo] Just checking with my friend in LA...she worked with dale
[Laura_Leff] Bill - Doubt it...most of them are all PD bootlegs.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Bill--Ours aren't. Though they have been digitized.
[Alan] ok back
[Steve_-__shimp_] Sorry! I guess I have to do that once or twice a chat.
[Mike_Amo] on with her now...worked with him as an ad on hill street blues
[Steve_-__shimp_] clicking the wrong thing and what not.
[Laura_Leff] Steve - We chalked it up to your wireless
[Steve_-__shimp_] LL, I was going to ask you, re: disappearing Benny actors - if you'd heard of Shirley Mitchell
[Maxwell] Yeah, you didn't have to admit to screwing up.
[Mike_Amo] different one brad! whew!
[Steve_-__shimp_] No, I'm actually on dialup, that was my fault!
[Laura_Leff] Steve - Sure...she played one of the operators after Sara Berner.
[Laura_Leff] And a few other supporting roles
[Brad_from_Georgia] Thanks, Mike.
[Steve_-__shimp_] Shirley's still around and looking good - she had some great interviews on the Petticoat Junction DVDs regarding Bea and Gracie
[Steve_-__shimp_] Allen, etc.
[Mike_Amo] this dale white is, or was, no more than 60
[Laura_Leff] Steve - She is? Gosh...I should get in touch with her!
[Laura_Leff] Mike - too young to be married for 55 years, unless they were in selected foreign countries.
[Maxwell] At least you didn't say, "...and female."
[Laura_Leff] Well, tell you what folks...I had a work-related call come in a little while ago that I need to return.
[Laura_Leff] So what say we call it good for this month?
[Maxwell] Yeah, what the heck.
[Brad_from_Georgia] Okay. Great chatting with you all again! Goodnight, all. And who let Maynard Krebs in here?
[Steve_-__shimp_] Sounds good - tomorrow's a darn Monday. Funny how they happen after Sundays like that.
[Laura_Leff] I know...the Maxwell doesn't work. :)
[Steve_-__shimp_] LOL. Good night all!
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[Maxwell] Good night everybody!
[Laura_Leff] Good night, and thanks for stopping!
[Laura_Leff] Stopping by, that is...