IJBFC Chat - February 8, 2009

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[Brad from Georgia] So we had three people out hunting Tripper!

[Laura Leff] Did they find him?

[KayLhota] I babysat my sisters' very senior dog once, and her dog left my yard. My father found her nearly 3 miles away

[KayLhota] Hi Laura

[Brad from Georgia] Hi, Laura. Telling about our adventure with the escaped doggy. Yes, Barbara faked him out with a leaf that she called a "treat" and caught him a quarter of a mile from home.

[KayLhota] wow

[Laura Leff] Congratulations

[KayLhota] Okay, Laura is here, so I will share my news.

[Brad from Georgia] Then she had to carry him home, through backyards, in the dark of night, and he weighs 25 pounds.

[Brad from Georgia] Do!

[Laura Leff] Yes please

[KayLhota] I am reading "Sunday Nights at Seven" with a man named Stan Troupe, for the blind

[Laura Leff] Do you need me to excise it from the transcription?

[KayLhota] Stan is reading all of the male voices, with me doing the female

[Laura Leff] Oh cool!

[KayLhota] How do you pronounce Blumofe?

[Laura Leff] So he's Jack and you're Joan.

[KayLhota] Yes.

[Laura Leff] Bloom-oaf

[KayLhota] oaf. Thank you

[Laura Leff] BLOOM-oaf

[KayLhota] Gotcha

[Laura Leff] Glad I could answer that on chat   

[KayLhota] Me too

[Brad from Georgia] Can it be the loafs that fill the sofa with rare and magic perfume? Oh, no, it's oaf in Bloom, oaf in Bloom....

[Laura Leff] Bobby has generated a good many little Blumofes out your way...

[KayLhota] I corrected him on William Keighley. Key-Lee not Kigh-lee

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[KayLhota] Hi Maxwell

[Brad from Georgia] Hi, Frank, Maxwell!

[Laura Leff] Hi Maxwell!

[Maxwell] Hey Kay, Brad, LL!

[Laura Leff] So how's everyone doing tonight? All lost dogs found?

[KayLhota] so, Bobby has a large family? That is nice to hear.

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[KayLhota] Hi Ed

[Laura Leff] Hi Ed

[ed] hi folks!!!

[Maxwell] Hi Ed

[Laura Leff] Kay - Yes, he and Cynthia have had several lovely children.

[Brad from Georgia] <Frank Nelson voice> Oh, DON'T go there.</Frank Nelson voice>

[Brad from Georgia] Hi, Ed.

[Brad from Georgia] Prune Whip....

[KayLhota] I know that Joana lives, or at least lived out my way

[Maxwell] Rutebaga

[Laura Leff] Kay - Yes, I'm not sure of the geography of where she lives now. I think they moved just shortly after our dinner out there.

[Brad from Georgia] Rhubarb, for Minnesotans.

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[KayLhota] my sons went to the SNIP ITS salon for years

[Laura Leff] Walleye for Michiganians

[Laura Leff] Ah, I think we offended Frank.

[Maxwell] Liver

[Brad from Georgia] I abominate those jellybeans that allegedly taste like watermelon.

[KayLhota] No his screen froze

[KayLhota] yuck, Brad. I agree.

[Maxwell] They taste like watermelon on steroids.

[Laura Leff] Brad - They're made out in my neighborhood...

[Laura Leff] I assume we're talking about Jelly Bellys

[Brad from Georgia] Well, kindly tell them from me to stop it.

[Laura Leff] (Or Jelly Babies for vintage Doctor Who fans)

[Laura Leff] I vote with my mouth and don't eat them..

[Maxwell] I DO like watermelon hard candy.

[Laura Leff] Wow...we got quite far off topic very fast this month.

[KayLhota] so, anyway-- Stan and I are reading the book like a tag team, recording it at a radio station in Marshfield MA

[Brad from Georgia] Hey, I was in NYC last weekend attending a conference of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. SCBWI. Don't try to pronounce it, you'll hurt yourself.

[Laura Leff] I didn't have this on my calendar and only remembered just at 4:30.

[Laura Leff] Kay - So who's going to hear it?

[KayLhota] reading it in 1 hour recordings that will be broadcast when the book is completed

[Maxwell] I got around to listening to the show about 11:00 a.m. today.

[KayLhota] I guess the blind and the folks that tune in to the station

[Brad from Georgia] I felt like Jack in the Grand Hyatt hotel...at the coffee shop I got a tiny tuna sandwich, a bottle of water, and a banana. Fifteen dollars. FIFTEEN dollars!

[Laura Leff] I had just enough time to listen to it before the chat started.

[Laura Leff] Welcome to New York.

[Maxwell] Sounds about the same as the Palmer House in Chicago, too.

[KayLhota] Which brings me to another question-- would Joan pronounce AUNT like ANT? or AHNT?

[Laura Leff] I had a reasonable lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel, though. Not as bad. Maybe I'm adjusted from living out here.

[KayLhota] Because I pronounce it AHNT being from Boston

[Brad from Georgia] I walked about three miles through snow on Friday, going to visit two of my editors, one at 1230 Avenue of the Americas, one at 390 Fifth Avenue. I felt like a real New Yorker. Made fun of tourists...

[Laura Leff] Kay - Joan probably wouldn't say Aunt since Mary kept Jack's family out of her life a lot.

[ed] it was 67 here yesterday broke a record

[KayLhota] Well, she did mention Aunt Babe in the book, and I want to say it right

[Laura Leff] Oh, well, that's Mary's family...see?    Hmmm...

[Brad from Georgia] Garrison Keillor pronounces it "Ont." Of course, he pronounces "cold" "co-wald."

[ed] springfield illinois where obama comes in 4 days

[Laura Leff] I'm just mentally playing her voice in my head. I'd vote for Ahnt

[KayLhota] I hope we got it right.

[Laura Leff] I would bet most people won't know anyway.

[KayLhota] True, she says with a grin

[Brad from Georgia] In Georgia we pronounce it "aint."

[Laura Leff] So what did everyone think of the show for tonight?

[Maxwell] Brad, I was just going to say that.

[Laura Leff] In Texas they say Ay-yant

[KayLhota] Pretty typical for the period, Laura

[KayLhota] Some nice bits with Kenny Baker

[Brad from Georgia] Generally liked it, but it was loose, wasn't it? Interesting to see how Phil's character hasn't quite gelled yet.

[Maxwell] And here in the Great Lakes region, we say "ant."

[ed] i don't call my aunts "aunts' They like first names only

[Laura Leff] Brad - A lot of the shows of this time were more loose.

[KayLhota] Yes, I knew that Maxwell

[Laura Leff] I absolutely love Don's blooper

[Brad from Georgia] I listened to two other shows from the same year, and Phil's grumpy "I didn't like it!" was evidently a catch phrase.

[KayLhota] that was a good one, Laura

[Laura Leff] Brad - Doesn't that show up in some Warner Brothers cartoons?

[Maxwell] LL, I'm still trying to figure out what Don was trying to say, even after I looked it up in "39 Forever."

[Laura Leff] Sounds like a Ned Sparks line.

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[KayLhota] Hi Steve

[Brad from Georgia] LL--yes, I think you're right.

[ed] het steve hi

[Brad from Georgia] Hi, Steve!

[Laura Leff] Hey Steve!

[Maxwell] Hey Steve

[steve -shimp-] Hi all - hard time logging in tonight for some reason!

[KayLhota] Frank is frozen on his computer

[steve -shimp-] Get him a blanket!

[ed] on aol steve?

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[Maxwell] Hi Bill

[Laura Leff] I don't remember the exact line from the script, but I think it was supposed to be "Gee, I'll bet his face will be all red when he finds out"

[KayLhota] Hello Bill

[ed] hey bill

[Laura Leff] OMG!!! BILL!!!!!

[steve -shimp-] Nope, cable internet

[Brad from Georgia] The next week, the "Buck Benny Rides Again" skit was more or less sort of completed, but the running gag was that lady movie stars kept phoning Phil during the skit to ask for a date.

[steve -shimp-] Hi Bill

[bill powers] hi laura

[Brad from Georgia] Hi, Bill!

[ed] hmmm

[Laura Leff] Kay - At least it isn't his milking hand that's frozen...then you'd have a cow in the house.

[KayLhota] good one, Laura

[Laura Leff] Holy cow, Bill...how have you been?

[Brad from Georgia] "As startled as a cow being milked by a cold-handed farmer...."

[bill powers] hello everyone!

[Laura Leff] Folks - Bill played Don Wilson for our radio recreations in Waukegan and at the 39 Forever convention.

[Maxwell] Sounds like Tennessee Ernie, Brad.

[ed] neat!!!

[KayLhota] wow, that's wonderful

[Brad from Georgia] Have some Jell-O, Bill. Light up a Luckie.

[steve -shimp-] Nice to meet you Bill

[bill powers] im great laura! glad to finallly have the right sunday evening off

[Maxwell] Cool! Pleased to meet you, Bill

[ed] same here

[bill powers] it has been months

[Laura Leff] I think it's been years!

[bill powers] hello to all the people i dont recognize too

Maxwell doesn't remember Bill, and this is my second year.

[Laura Leff] Yes, it's a whole new set of regulars here.

[bill powers] months, not years

[Laura Leff] OK...

[steve -shimp-] We're regular and would like to stay that way...

[bill powers] and i visit the site regularly still laura

[KayLhota] I try to make it.

[ed] bill you are always here in spirit

[Brad from Georgia] And I'm kind of irregular. I'm taking Serutan, though. Spelled backwards, that's "Sympathy."

[steve -shimp-] (gulps bran)

[KayLhota] and most welcome

[Laura Leff] You know, Eddie and Carolyn were just over at the house last week and they asked if I'd heard from you, Bill.

[Maxwell] Steve, take pleasant tasting chocolated Ex-Lax.

[Laura Leff] Steve - Sal Hepatica

[ed] don't mix the e-lax with m&m's

[bill powers] i think eddie is doing a show near cincinnati later this yea

[steve -shimp-] There's someone on our campus here with the last name of Serutan and I always have to stifle a snicker...

[Maxwell] For the smile of beauty.

[Brad from Georgia] LL--How are Eddie and Carolyn? I enjoyed Eddie's radio interview!

[Laura Leff] They're great! I have to tell a story about them being here...

[bill powers] and cincy has their annual convention in the spring

[Laura Leff] So does everyone know the story of Eddie working with Jack?

[Maxwell] No.

[Brad from Georgia] Yes! And now we can get the special!

[steve -shimp-] Heard it once before, but go ahead!

[KayLhota] no, I don't know the story

[Laura Leff] OK, well, Eddie worked on one of the specials as a stagehand.

[Laura Leff] Brad - Yeah!!!!!

[Laura Leff] And they're rehearsing and Jack calls up to Fred deCordova (director) and says, "You know,

[Laura Leff] we really should give him a name."

[Laura Leff] Eddie says...oh, I'm going to mess up the story, but feel free to fill in if you've heard it.

[Laura Leff] Jack turns to Eddie and says, "What's your name, kid?"

[Laura Leff] And Eddie tells him.

[Laura Leff] Jack says, "OK, well from NOW ON, your name is EDDIE."

[Laura Leff] And Eddie does something back to Jack in a direct Benny impersonation, something like, "Well, I certainly hope it should be, I was BORN with it!"

[KayLhota] good!

[Laura Leff] And Jack turns back to Fred and says, "Screw him, Fred, he doesn't get a name!"

[Laura Leff] Well, Eddie always thought that was on one of the Farewell Specials.

[Laura Leff] But I was sitting in CBS watching this particular special be transferred, and immediately yelled "Eddie!" when he came on screen.

[Laura Leff] Carolyn knew I had it, but Eddie didn't.

[KayLhota] wow

[Laura Leff] So they're in the living room admiring our big-screen TV, and we start talking about it.

[KayLhota] last month you were telling us of the 1966 special, which I remember seeing when it aired in 1966

[Laura Leff] And I said, "Well, some things just need to be seen on the big screen. And as a matter of fact, I have something that does."

[Laura Leff] So Eddie and Carolyn sat down on our couch, and I had Eddie's entrance cued on the DVD.

[KayLhota] wow

[Laura Leff] So after 40 years, they saw that bit for the first time since it originally aired.

[KayLhota] that must have been such a thrill for him to see

[Laura Leff] I was getting a serious buzz off of looking back and forth from the TV to Eddie watching it.

[Brad from Georgia] I bet they loved it! Darn it, I nearly stepped on the payoff. Sorry!

[Laura Leff] And it was "The Jack Benny Birthday Special".

[KayLhota] oh, I saw that originally too

[Laura Leff] Kay - You're right...the Trini Lopez special.

[KayLhota] and the summer repeat

[Laura Leff] Oh and Rouvaun was on the Birthday Special (the guy everyone said "who?" about).

[Laura Leff] So that was fun.

[Maxwell] Who?

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[KayLhota] I'll never forget it because of the Lawrence Welk bit at the beginning. My mom got a phone call and missed it

[Maxwell] Hey yht!

[ed] hi yht

[yhtapmys] Lord, am I late?

[ed] no

[steve -shimp-] Hi Yhtapmys

[Brad from Georgia] Hi, yht!

[Laura Leff] Hi Yht!

[bill powers] man, what a creative screen name bunch

[yhtapmys] Hi, Laura.

[Laura Leff] Hey, I almost didn't show up at all. Would have been repainting the hallway right now.

[KayLhota] and she complained for having missed the bit, and when it was repeated, they pre-empted the first few minutes for Hubert Humphrey's campaign, so she missed it again

[yhtapmys] I've been sitting here at the computer killing time waiting until 6pm. Duh.

[KayLhota] Hi yhtpmys

[Laura Leff] Oh here's a stitch about the 1966 special...

[yhtapmys] Hi K.

[KayLhota] do tell, Laura

[Laura Leff] The "(Show name here) will not be presented this evening..." announcements are on most, if not all of the new specials dubs.

[Maxwell] Cool!

[Laura Leff] So as you know, Dan's not into Benny.

[Laura Leff] But he happened to be there when I put this disc in excitedly.

[Laura Leff] And it comes up with "Star Trek will not be presented this evening..."

[KayLhota] oh wow

[Laura Leff] Now, he's a serious Trekkie.

[Laura Leff] And both of us whipped around to look at each other with our mouths gaping open.

[Laura Leff] And then we started laughing uncontrollably that Jack pre-empted Star Trek (in color).

[ed] i wonder what jack would have been like on the enterprise...

[Brad from Georgia] "Set phasers on Jell-O."

[Laura Leff] Ed - Oh, we've contemplated that before!

[Laura Leff] In detail!

[steve -shimp-] (pictures Shatner from Star Trek II saying "JAAAAACK!" instead of KHAAAN!)

[ed] WHAT!!!

[KayLhota] good lord-- I had been thinking that the Jack Benny 1966 special was on a Thursday

[Brad from Georgia] "Oh, Spock...Spock...Spock...Elfy-Ears!"

[KayLhota] what a spooky memory!

[bill powers] jack on the enterprise.. maybe a new x-1 episode

[ed] star trek was on mondays

[Laura Leff] Extensive debate over whether Scotty would be Dennis Day or Rochester. The latter won.

[Maxwell] I thought ST was on Thursdays.

[KayLhota] it was

[Maxwell] Or was that the second season?

[KayLhota] first season

[Laura Leff] Depends on the season

[ed] i thought mondays...maybe thursdays on the early years

[Maxwell] Fridays at 9:00 CT the lst year.

[KayLhota] yes. 1st was Thursday, 2 and 3 were Fridays

[Maxwell] last

[bill powers] i thought it was on sunday mornings at noon..course i am very young

[ed] my fault

[Maxwell] Suicide time slot.

[yhtapmys] Don would be a Klingon .. with six delicious planets.

[KayLhota] I watched seasons 2 and 3 on NBC

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[ed] hey frank

[Brad from Georgia] Hi, Frank!

[yhtapmys] Hail, Frank.

Maxwell watched all three seasons on NBC.

[KayLhota] Frank finally came back

[Maxwell] WB Frank

[Laura Leff] Love it...there's so much crossover between Benny and Star Trek fans.

[bill powers] i think i watched more of lost in space back in the day

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[Laura Leff] Don could play the Melvin Belli role

[ed] danger jack beny

[Brad from Georgia] Bye Steve, hi Steve.

[Frank] Now when do I blow the horn?

[yhtapmys] Don as a lawyer?

[steve -shimp-] rassafrassin' connection!

[Laura Leff] Danger is my business

[ed] i was laughing so hard i forgot an "N'

Maxwell is trying to rmember Belli's name in that show.

[Frank] Don as a Ferengi?

[KayLhota] Friendly Angel?

[Maxwell] Something like that.

[Laura Leff] Yeah, the kids call him Friendly Angel

[KayLhota] I could probably look it up, but I don't want to leave the chat

[Laura Leff] Now we need Dan here...oh well. He's at a catering gig.

[yhtapmys] My brother designed a Star Trek video game. Then he had to deal with Shatner doing the voice track.

[Brad from Georgia] LL--Who was that as the lawyer on the show for tonight?

[Laura Leff] Yht - Oh do tell.

[Laura Leff] Brad - Oh Patsy Flick

[yhtapmys] Not much to say, Laura. I have little to do with my family.

[KayLhota] Patsy Flick, who was later Cactus Face Elmer in the Buch Benny bits

[Laura Leff] He was kind of a pseudo Schlepperman for a few shows.

[yhtapmys] But he did tell me Shatner was a .. well.. this is a FAMILY chat.

[Brad from Georgia] Yes, a recurring character--he was on the week before, too.

[Maxwell] I've heard that about Shatner.

[Brad from Georgia] Yht--I've heard George Takei say about the same thing about Mr. Shatner.

[KayLhota] over and over heard Shatner stories

[Laura Leff] He actually speaks Yiddish when he plays a Mexican bartender in one of the Buck Benny skit

[steve -shimp-] I love it when Shatner speaks yiddish.

[Frank] Every man has his Priceline...

[yhtapmys] Oy!

[KayLhota] he also found the stolen violin

[Brad from Georgia] "Oy, again with the Klingons!"

[Laura Leff] Oh, Dan was super, super excited when he found out that Eddie and Carolyn are long-time friends with George Takei

[yhtapmys] Klingon starts with a K. That's a funny woid!

[KayLhota] Pickles are funny

[Brad from Georgia] Tell Dan that George and I once talked about cowriting a book, but neither of us had the time.....

[KayLhota] wow

[ed] would jack been in charge or maybe with spock ears

[Laura Leff] Brad - Ah dang. The only Star Trek novel I've read was one about him. "The Captain's Daughter"

[Laura Leff] Which has an irony all its own

[Brad from Georgia] He wrote one, you know.

[Laura Leff] Ed - You know, I'm trying to remember...there was debate about that as well.

[KayLhota] debate?

[Laura Leff] I think Jack was Kirk, Mary was obviously Uhura

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[Laura Leff] Brad - He did?

[ed]  

[KayLhota] oops, lost Frank again

[Maxwell] Dennis as Spock?

[Brad from Georgia] Yep. Let me take a moment and I'll find the title.

[yhtapmys] Mel Blanc as the Enterprise

[Laura Leff] Yes, i think Dennis ended up being Spock.

[Laura Leff] Rochester was Scotty

[KayLhota] good one, yhtpmys

[Maxwell] I can't do it boss!

[Laura Leff] Phil was the Doctor (maybe the one from The Cage who mixes martinis)

 

(some loss)

 

[KayLhota] good one Brad!

[steve -shimp-] Some days I'd like to stamp my TV.

[ed] my tv may not work by then

[ed] thanks k

Maxwell is waiting for the TV to die so he can get an HD set.

[Laura Leff] Remember, this will bring Jack Benny back.

[Laura Leff] (Or has anyone not seen that YouTube)

[KayLhota] what on youtube?

[Brad from Georgia] Sounds kind of...creepy....Zombie Jack Benny.....?

[yhtapmys] Sorry, that's all.

[ed] late late show

[Maxwell] Jack Benny played with The Zombies?

[Laura Leff] There's a funny send-up of an old woman trying to rewire her TV for digital

[Brad from Georgia] Jack Benny once drank a Zombie.

[Laura Leff] And there's a line right in the middle of, "Will all this bring Jack Benny back?"

[KayLhota] OH!

[Laura Leff] Appropriately enough, Joan sent it to me.

[Maxwell] Yeah, I saw that!

[Brad from Georgia] I saw it, too.

[steve -shimp-] Heheheh

[Laura Leff] Y'see, you've all seen it.

[ed]  

[KayLhota] I'll have to hunt for it!

[Laura Leff] OK, maybe Ed hasn't seen it.

[KayLhota] that's precious!

[Brad from Georgia] But he's lookin'

[Maxwell] Better than the half hour PBS special with Norm Abram and the guy from This Old House.

[ed] no i have not

[Laura Leff] Hm, let me see if I can find Joan's E-mail...

[ed] steve thomas

[Maxwell] ed, Steve Thomas hasn't been on the show for a couple of years.

[Maxwell] They have a new Bob Vila character.

[Brad from Georgia] Oh, at the SCBWI conference, a famous children's writer, Jack Gantos, told the "Your Money or Your Life" joke....and screwed it up.

[Maxwell] Brad, you know why don't you?

[Laura Leff] http://www.hulu.com/watch/36608/talkshow-with-spike-feresten-cable-psa#s-p1-st-i1

[ed] then who is that guy again

[Maxwell] He forgot to think it over.

[Brad from Georgia] "So a holdup man tells Benny, 'Your money or your life,' and Benny says, 'I'm going to think about it.'"

[Maxwell] Yikes!

[KayLhota] ouch\

[Laura Leff] Brad - People usually do.

[Laura Leff] Ick

[Brad from Georgia] I wanted to set him straight after his talk...but his royalties are SO much bigger than mine.....

[Laura Leff] Actually, I think I can top that.

[Laura Leff] When I was at Eddie's show last week

[Maxwell] Can You Top This!

[ed] sen. ford

[Laura Leff] Someone came up to the table next to me and was going on about "You know Jack Benny's best joke, right? Aw come on, you know it!"

[Maxwell] Joe Laurie, Jr.

[yhtapmys] Now we're back to Miss McConnell!

[Laura Leff] And then when everyone's looking blankly at him he says, "A robber breaks into Jack Benny's house and says 'Your money or your life!' And Jack says, 'WELLLLLLLLL...'"

[yhtapmys] Laura, was this someone you knew?

[yhtapmys] If so, disown them.

[KayLhota] I'm cringing

[Laura Leff] No, some knocker standing next to the next table over.

[Maxwell] Yuck!

[steve -shimp-] Wait, you guys didn't see that episode?

[Laura Leff] One of these times when you roll your eyes, shake your head, and take another sip of Calistoga.

[Laura Leff] Steve - which one?

[steve -shimp-]  

[Maxwell] I'll have to sit in the middle of our group in May when we see Eddie so that doesn't happen to me.

[Laura Leff] Steve - Got it.

[steve -shimp-]  

[Brad from Georgia] Heh. When we saw Eddie's show in Jaksonville, a really old guy sitting behind us said at intermission, "This guy is good! He's just like Jack Benny! I can't see how he comes up with all those ad-libs@"

[Maxwell] hahahahahahahaha

[KayLhota] oh no

[KayLhota] oh my

[Brad from Georgia] the @ is an !

[ed] wellll../.....

[Laura Leff] Hey, was he telling the cell phone joke at the beginning when you saw him?

[Laura Leff] I don't think I'd heard that before.

[Brad from Georgia] The cell phone joke? I've seen the show three times and don't remember it....

[Laura Leff] Yeah, same here.

[Laura Leff] In the opening monologue

[Laura Leff] He talks about how everyone's carrying cell phones and I phones and Blackberries and Raspberries

[Maxwell] Wow! William Royle was in Reefer Madness.

[steve -shimp-] Eddie needs to get to Virginia ... still haven't seen his show  

[Laura Leff] And that he's at the store, and someone woman starts nagging at him, "You're just no fun any more."

[KayLhota] yeah, he came to MA and I didn't know until after he did the show

[Brad from Georgia] steve--do what I did--interest a group and produce the show.

[Laura Leff] He says, "Look lady, I'm just trying to buy some cereal." And she says, "Oh shut up, I'm talking to my husband."

[Maxwell] Everybody come to Chicago on May 3!

[steve -shimp-] Might hit you up for pointers if I can muster the time and energy Brad!

[Laura Leff] Yes, I've had a couple people encouraging me to do that. I may have to rethink it.

[ed] what's up max

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Cool...I knew there'd be something interesting in Royale's resume!

[Maxwell] Eddie's doing a show in Chicago on May 3.

[Brad from Georgia] Ah, the windy city.

[Laura Leff] For Chuck Schaden's 39th anniversary

[ed] where and what time?

[Laura Leff] Chicago, not Waukegan.

[Maxwell] May 3. The Portage Theater, 3:00 p.m.

[Laura Leff] Where is that in Chicago?

[Laura Leff] Downtown, burbs, etc.?

[bill powers] that would be fun, chuck was in waukeegan, and he introduced me to radio back in 1974

[Brad from Georgia] I'll bet we can't make it. That's right before graduation...and the bridge is up.

[Maxwell] I think its on the northwest side.

[Laura Leff] OK, should be easy to get to from O'Hare then.

[ed] hey bill i met chuck in 1993 and he is one the best in otr show collecting

[ed] a very nice man

[bill powers] chuck, and fibber, and larry thor

[Maxwell] Real easy: 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.

[Laura Leff] Chuck and I shared a panel at REPS a couple years ago, and we spent much more time going through

[Laura Leff] "Oh you tell that story," "Aw no, you tell that story," "Oh please, after you..."

[Brad from Georgia] It's in Valparaiso, then.

[yhtapmys] Ed, does he collect actual transcriptions?

[Maxwell] Chuck Jones's chipmunks or whatever they were.

[yhtapmys] Sheesh.

[Laura Leff] David Seville

[ed] you know he start with reels so i don't know

[Brad from Georgia] The Goophy Gophers.

[yhtapmys] Last week, my co-host called them squirrels.

[Maxwell] Whatever.

[bill powers] whatever happeded with the theater in waukeegan, laura

[yhtapmys] Thanks, Ed.

[Maxwell] Bill, it's still there.

[yhtapmys] I'm still kicking myself for not grabbing the Dennis Day show transcriptions we had.

[bill powers] did they ever open it for business?

[ed] yht do you have a player for them

[yhtapmys] No.

[Maxwell] They do shows like a lot of the old movie/vaudeville houses do.

[yhtapmys] And I didn't at the time, either.

[ed] i wonder where can be found

[yhtapmys] But we had a transcription turntable at the station I was at.

[bill powers] glad to hear it

[yhtapmys] So I played them out of the studio with the old turntable.

[ed] where was the yht?

[bill powers] i need someone with a transcription turntable to play my transcriptions

[ed] that*

[yhtapmys] Sorry, Ed. Years ago I worked at radio station in Chilliwack, B.C. They had some transcriptions in the back room.

[Laura Leff] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw&feature=PlayList&p=B9FD4F6630AD17EE&index=0&playnext=1

[yhtapmys] Until the owner found out and took them all home.

[ed] very well yht

[ed] ouch

[Laura Leff] Bill - Oh yes, it opened some time ago. Bill Cosby was the first act.

[Maxwell] lol!

[yhtapmys] We had an old turntable in an old studio so I patched in and played them on the air from there.

[Laura Leff] I have a transcription turntable

[ed] how old is it LL

[KayLhota] I've heard a few of the Dennis Day shows on MP3

[bill powers] i wish i had one

[yhtapmys] My dad had a player that played at 16 but it wasn't a transcription turntable.

[Laura Leff] It's from the 20s...originally for movies.

[ed] i remember the 16 speed records

[yhtapmys] Kay, we had the discs. Clear as anything. I recorded on one reel.

[Laura Leff] I even have the original speaker for it.

[Maxwell] LL A vitaphone turntable?

[yhtapmys] But the show sucked so I didn't tape any more.

[KayLhota] I just ache at the thought of those original transcription discs

[yhtapmys] I'm not a big fan of Dennis' show.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - You know, I haven't looked at it in so long that I can't remember the make.

[Maxwell] If it was for Vitaphone, it would have been made by Western Electric I imagine.

[Laura Leff] I think the speaker is like Film-O-Sound...you see it right when you come down the stairs.

[yhtapmys] Kay, the owner grabbed all the 78s, too.

[ed] yes kaye 'cause the players don't exist anymore

[Laura Leff] OK, now you've got me curious. BRB

[yhtapmys] How he moved them all, I'll never know.

[Maxwell] yht I'd guess a little at a time.

[KayLhota] and in what shape the discs might be in now

[ed] yea the discs must weigh a ton

[KayLhota] those old discs are as brittle as bone china

[yhtapmys] Well, Kay, I can tell you the ones I played on the air looked like they hadn't been touched since the original broadcast.

[Brad from Georgia] Our daughter, the puppeteer, needs a couple of overhead projectors for a shadow-puppet project...our school has tons of them that are in a warehouse...but state law forbids our buying them.

[yhtapmys] No, the transcription discs weren;t brittle at all. The 78s were.

[ed] why

[yhtapmys] Yea! Stupid legal red tape.

[Maxwell] yht, the old shellac ones?

[Brad from Georgia] Dunno. We can't sell anything...old computers, any equipment, any furniture. They're crammed in a warehouse.

[KayLhota] Dennis' show was postwar. Maybe they were on vinyl

[Laura Leff] Astatic Microphone Laboratory Inc. (ironic name)

[yhtapmys] Yes, Kay, the transcriptions were vinyl.

[ed] right dumb red tape

[KayLhota] wow, I wouldn't have thought of that, yht

[KayLhota] it just occured to me when you said that they weren't brittle

[Maxwell] Time to research Astatic Microphone Laboratory Inc.

[Laura Leff] Yeah...let me know what you find!

[Brad from Georgia] I once asked the art dept. if I could use their matt cutter to cut a matte for a picture I was framing--had the material and everything. Nope, can't use State equipment to cut a matt.

[Brad from Georgia] Or matte. Which is it?

[Brad from Georgia] I don't know.

[Laura Leff] I have transcriptions, but I have so much else that I haven't taken the time to play them.

[yhtapmys] Don't worry, Brad. I hear your new president down there will fix everything.

[Laura Leff] Depends on if you're in England

[Maxwell] LL They still exist.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Really?   

[Maxwell] http://www.premiere-electronics.net/store/astaticmicrophones.html They make CB mics.

[ed] brad would they take for free or a small fee

[Brad from Georgia] Trouble is, our state didn't vote for the new President.'

[steve -shimp-] Probably run by a bunch of ecstatic asiatics

[ed] the equipment

[Brad from Georgia] And our college doesn't have a new president.

[Brad from Georgia] And our governor doesn't believe in edumacation.

[ed] and the school needs a new president

[yhtapmys] Are the Crackers still in the Southern League, too?  

[ed] really...

[yhtapmys] Doesn't sound like things change there.  

[Laura Leff] I guess Astatic as in "Without static" would make sense

[ed] right yht

[Laura Leff] And the speaker is Filmosound.

[bill powers] crackers were AAA southern league was AA

Maxwell prefers static free microphones.

[Brad from Georgia] My dad used to take me to see Atlanta Crackers games.

[steve -shimp-] (got static in my attic)

[Laura Leff] I bought the player, speaker, and a big, heavy metal box of transcriptions at a garage sale.

[KayLhota] wow

[bill powers] the big magnolia tree is still there from ponce de leon park

[ed] at county stadium before the braves got there

[yhtapmys] Well, they were A-1 during the war, then AA. I'd have to check to see when they moved up.

[steve -shimp-] Those crackers were animals, I tell you!

[Laura Leff] Wah wah wah wahhhhh

[Laura Leff] The upscale ones were the Ritz

[Maxwell] Animal crackers in my soup....

[ed] sort of like brad's scholl district

[bill powers] at least I thought they were AAA , maybe not

[KayLhota] monkeys and rabbits loop the loop

[Laura Leff] Gosh oh gee do I have fun

[Brad from Georgia] I remember...Bob Montag. Is that spelling correct?

[KayLhota] swallowing animals one by one

[yhtapmys] Nope. Southern Assn. was AA in 1961 when they folded.

[Maxwell] If his name is German for Monday, it is.

[bill powers] I guess jack was a hollywood stars fan

[Laura Leff] It's the southern sports fans vs. the Shirley Temple fans...

[yhtapmys] A1 from 1936-45.

[steve -shimp-] Heh, you know the drink called a "Shirley Temple"?

[KayLhota] with the Jack Benny fans coming in 3rd

[Laura Leff] Bill - Well, he was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan

[ed] i think i'll drink a shirley temple to all the sports fans

[Laura Leff] Then LA Dodgers

[bill powers] see, i forgot his new york days laura

[steve -shimp-] If you add Johnnie Walker to it, it becomes a "Shirley Temple Black"

[bill powers] oops

[yhtapmys] There's the show where he mentions the Pacific Coast League, Laura.

[Laura Leff] Steve - I used to order a "double Shirley Temple on the rocks" when I was small.

[Maxwell] Makes sense coming from Waukegan. There aren't any major league teams nearby.

[KayLhota] groan

[ed] ouch

[yhtapmys] Which is cool, as I covered PCL ball for a number of years.

[Brad from Georgia] So a grasshopper walks into a bar, and the bartender says, "We have a drink named for you, you know." And the grasshopper says, "Yes, I was named after Shirley Temple."

[ed] what

[KayLhota] groan

[Laura Leff] Steve - And I thought that was Kahlua

[ed]  

[Laura Leff] Brad - Oh, I always heard that punch line as being, "You have a drink named Fred?"

[Brad from Georgia] Well, if you want the real old joke, sure.

[yhtapmys] Who says vaudeville is dead?

[Laura Leff] Rimshot please

[ed] if it is it ain't here

[yhtapmys] When are Fink's Mules coming on?

[Maxwell] yht If it isn't this is proof that it's on life support.

[Laura Leff] A horse walks into a bar, and the bartender says, "Hey, why the long face?"

[steve -shimp-] *whip*

[KayLhota] After Swain's Rats and Cats?

[Brad from Georgia] Skeleton walks into a bar and says, "Gimme a beer. And a mop."

[ed] moan

[steve -shimp-] Love that one Brad. Always makes me chuckle.

[Laura Leff] LOL...hadn't heard that

[yhtapmys] Kay, did George Burns write about that?

[Brad from Georgia] The old jokes are the best jokes....

[KayLhota] yes

[yhtapmys] Thought so.

[Laura Leff] I like the one about the strings that go into a bar

[Laura Leff] The bartender says, "Hey, we don't serve strings in here. Scram!"

[KayLhota] Trust George Burns to remember the strangest in vaudeville

[Laura Leff] So one of them goes out and gets himself all torn apart and tangled up, and goes back.

[Laura Leff] The bartender says, "Hey, aren't you a string?"

[Laura Leff] And he says, "No, I'm a frayed knot."

[Brad from Georgia] Bird goes into a bar. Bartender says, "Outa here. We don't serve mynahs."

[ed] oh LL!!!

[KayLhota] oh wait-- it was in "Harpo Speaks" but I think the punchline about the act came from George Burns

[Maxwell] BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo

[Brad from Georgia] Guy walked into a bar. He was really nearsighted.

[ed] good one max

[Laura Leff] Guy walks into a bar and yells "OUCH!"

[steve -shimp-] Pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel tied to his trousers ...

Maxwell starts throwing vegetable.

[Laura Leff] A Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister walk into a bar, and the bartender says, "Hey, what is this, a joke?"

[Maxwell] At least you guys won't starve.

[steve -shimp-] Aaaar! It's driving me nuts!

[ed] hey what did the little sapling say to it's mom?

[Brad from Georgia] Sounds like Nick Danger, Third Eye: "Out of the night, and out of the fog, a man in a trenchcoat walks into a sandstone building--OOF!"

[bill powers] with all this talent, surely xm has a spot for a variety show

[ed] GEOMATRY

[ed] WRONG SPELLING

[Laura Leff] Ed - I don't get it

User Frank has entered this room.

[Brad from Georgia] "Lissen hyar, give Junior that-thar course o' triggernometry. He's the wuss shot in th' whole dang fambly."

[yhtapmys] It's one of Kenny Baker's jokes, maybe.

[ed] little sapling gee iam a tree

[KayLhota] I got it, Ed. Took a while, though

[Maxwell] Everybody knows pie are round.

[ed] a third grade joke i did not write it

[Laura Leff] OIC

[Brad from Georgia] Oddly enough, someone asked me this afternoon if I'd ever heard of Lum 'n Abner.

[KayLhota] Hi back Frank

[steve -shimp-] Baby seal walks into a bar ... "What'll you have?" ... "Anything but a Canadian Club"...

[Laura Leff] Brad - Why in the world would they do that?

[ed] hi again frank

[ed] oh steve

[Frank] I must leave Brigadoon!

[Laura Leff] Frank - Are you taking Kay with you?

[Brad from Georgia] I have no idea. I was just standin' there. I wasn't doin' nuttin'. I was just standin' there, Joe....no, we were talking about OTR at our Atlanta writers' meeting this afternoon, and our writer/actor asked me if I'd heard of Lum 'n Abner.

[ed] a man walks in to a bar-he forgot to duck...

[KayLhota] not on that trip, Laura

User Frank has logged out.

[Laura Leff] I hope Frank knows I was just teasing him...

[Laura Leff] I'm sure I've got a rep by now.

[KayLhota] he isn't talking to me

[Brad from Georgia] He didn't know about the Lum and Abner movies. Now he's going to see if he can get them on Netflix. Which still doesn't offer "Angels with Angles," btw.

[Laura Leff] Well, considering the opening line he got coming into the room tonight, I'm not surprised.

[KayLhota] Frank is having trouble with the laptop

[Laura Leff] Brad - I'm sure there's a reason for that.

[yhtapmys] Is it played by Mel Blanc?

[Laura Leff] Welcome to Shangri-La...

[bill powers] gotta go laura and everyone.. thanks for the laughs, grins and groans.. ill be on a cruise next month but hope to catch you again in april

[Laura Leff] Yht - Is what played by Mel Blanc?

[KayLhota] bye Bi;;

[KayLhota] bill

[Maxwell] So long, Bill

[yhtapmys] Frank's laptop.

[Laura Leff] Have a great time, Bill! Great to see you again.

[Laura Leff] Don't be a stranger.

[steve -shimp-] Bye Bill

[Laura Leff] Yht - Gotcha

[yhtapmys] Sounds like it's sputtering.

User bill powers has logged out.

[ed] God bless bill

[Laura Leff] Indeed.

[Brad from Georgia] I've been listening to some '49 shows on my daily walks. Jack treats Mel as a terrific annoyance in those shows...and Mel keeps wanting to do his Jolson impression. Nggyaaaah....

[KayLhota] Frank's laptop isn't sputtering-- just updating constantly so everything is slowed to a crawl

[Laura Leff] So what else Benny-wise is on everyone's mind?

[Brad from Georgia] Well, I just TOLD you.

[Maxwell] Did we ever talk about tonight's show/

[Maxwell] ?

[Laura Leff] Sorry, message cross Brad.

[Brad from Georgia] Sort of. Briefly.

[KayLhota] That's a nice season for Jack Benny-- 1949

[yhtapmys] I really like tonight's show.. and I haven't even reached the sketch.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - Sure, let's talk about it again.

[KayLhota] I'm on 1943-44 this weekend

[Brad from Georgia] Don's blooper was probably the high point of tonight's show.

[Laura Leff] 1949 is definitely the core of the golden years.

[ed] hey LL did jack win any emmy's for his TV show-I wondered

[Laura Leff] Oh, here's a challenge for you...don't grab 39 Forever.

[yhtapmys] I've always liked those musical interludes.

[Brad from Georgia] I listened to two out of sequence, with Jack talking about his move to CBS, and Mary flubs a line about NBC stars tracking Johnson Wax onto the CBS floors becasue it's on their heads.

[KayLhota] okay, Laura

[Laura Leff] Who played Lena and the dog on tonight's show?

[Brad from Georgia] Jack corrects her: "SHOES, not heads!"

[Laura Leff] Ed - Yes, two of them. I've seen George Balzer's statues!

[Maxwell] Darn! I just read that a few hours ago!

[KayLhota] Blanche Stewart?

[yhtapmys] Lena was what's-her-name

[Laura Leff] KAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

[KayLhota] I just looked it up when I heard the show

[Brad from Georgia] And why did Jack say "I have to call Krasna" off-mike?

[Laura Leff] OK...I figured others probably had as well.

[Maxwell] You have a better short term memory than I do, Kay.

[yhtapmys] No, Brad, he said "Norman."

[Laura Leff] Brad - I was wondering about that as well.

[KayLhota] ever hear about my long term memory, Maxwell?

[yhtapmys] I thought he might have meant Taurog.

[Brad from Georgia] Well, excuuuuuuuuuse me! (thank you, Steve Martin)

[Laura Leff] And Kay's got long-term memory for all of us.

[Maxwell] Yup...last month and this month.

[KayLhota] like that the 1966 special was on a Thursday night?

[Brad from Georgia] Yht--you're probably right.

[ed] kay you don't have that virtual memory do you?

[KayLhota] I wish, Ed.

 

(some loss)

 

[Laura Leff] We hope to achieve that again with at least one of our current ones.

[Maxwell] We adopted Buster when he was full grown, and we've had him 11 years as of November 2008.

[ed] us humans should live as good as dogs and cats

[Laura Leff] At least , as the ones we keep...not the strays.

[Brad from Georgia] We had an eighteen-year-old cat named Sunkist who vanished one day. We thought she had died somewhere. A year later she came sauntering home.

[Laura Leff] That's a cat for you.

[Brad from Georgia] She had adopted a family down the street who had small kids!

[Brad from Georgia] They called her "Claire."

[yhtapmys] Sunkist?

[Brad from Georgia] She was orange.

[Maxwell] She liked their name for her better.

[Brad from Georgia] We had another one called Tab.

[yhtapmys] When the cat came home did you say "Orange you ashamed of yourself?"

[yhtapmys] Is this on?

[ed] i had a cat i named Clem after red skelton

[Laura Leff] *Sound of crickets*

[yhtapmys] Hey, it's not as bad as "Irrelevant never forgets."

[Maxwell] Buster was named after Keaton.

[Brad from Georgia] We had another one called Fizzy; one called Fatcat, one called Muffin, one called Crumpet (she was a crummy pet), one called Tinker, and my favorite, Thompson.

[Laura Leff] I knew someone who named their parakeet Mendel after Mr. Kitzel's horse.

[Maxwell] Diane Keaton.

[yhtapmys] Mr. Kitzel had a horse? What show was that?

User Frank has entered this room.

[ed] frank's back

[KayLhota] Frank is back

[Maxwell] Brigadoon...Brigadoon....

[Brad from Georgia] "Mr. Kitzel's Show, Starring His Horse"

[KayLhota] I wonder for how long

[Laura Leff] Yht - Can't remember exactly....probably 50s. He exits with something like, "Hi ho Mendel!"

[yhtapmys] OK.

[Brad from Georgia] The show? Half an episode. Sad story.

[yhtapmys] I don't remember it off-hand.

[KayLhota] say something Frank, so we'll know that you're really here

[Frank] I not making any promises.

[ed] he's still there

[Maxwell] Promises, promises.

[Laura Leff] Tell us what else you can do with watermelon rinds.

[Maxwell] Pickle them.

[KayLhota] Good one, Laura

[ed] LL?

[Laura Leff] Ed?

[Maxwell] Momma?

[KayLhota] Pickle in the middle and the mustard's on top

[Maxwell] Poppa?

[yhtapmys] Has anyone pronounced tonight's show a hit? If not, I shall.

[Laura Leff] Are we there yet?

[Maxwell] Oops...I got it backwards.

[Frank] You can use them to spell out the word "Natures" backwards.

[Maxwell] Momma?

[ed] good one i was going to say but i was beat to the punch

[Maxwell] Poppa?

[Laura Leff] I like it, but I like late 30s shows.

[Brad from Georgia] Yes, you can pickle them. As Churchy La Femme once asked Howland Owl, "What in the WORL' you put in yo' watermillion PRE-serves? They is DEE-licorice."

[Laura Leff] Mary sounds like she's laughing naturally.

[KayLhota] yes, I think the programs during this period are all pretty solidly good

[steve -shimp-] Jack would NEVER agree to pay anyone $25!

[yhtapmys] I like it when they just suddenly stop the sketch and do something else.

[yhtapmys] And Don screwed up, so that's a bonus.

[Brad from Georgia] I do like Mary's unaffected laugh--it's infectious. So is measles. I don't like them, though. One of nature's mysteries. Or serutan's seiretsyms.

[Laura Leff] Yht - Yeah, and that's kind of what I like about these shows. They're not nearly as predictable as later.

[KayLhota] Stan, the guy whom I am reading with asked me about Mary's laugh, since he couldn't remember how it sounded.

[yhtapmys] And Phil played Pennies From Heaven.

[KayLhota] I tried, but failed to properly imitate it.

[Laura Leff] Depends on how old she was and how many cigarettes she'd had.

[KayLhota] Yes, she could hit that high pitch better when whe was younger

[yhtapmys] And how many furs she needed to buy?  

[Brad from Georgia] I do like Phil's later persona better than the early one. He was too straight and grumpy in '36.

[yhtapmys] Hell, Kay, so could I.

[Frank] I'm still here!

[Maxwell] Yay!

[KayLhota] yes, but for how long?

[Brad from Georgia] Good on yer, Frank.

[Laura Leff] They were still very much figuring him out at this time. They couldn't have him in the shower on every episode.

[KayLhota] keep talking Frank. That way we know where you are

[yhtapmys] Yecch,

[steve -shimp-]  

[Maxwell] LL Unless it was with potatoes.

[Maxwell] Make that A potato.

[Frank] Until they replace Grape Nuts with Lucky Strikes

[yhtapmys] Brad, I also like it after they developed Mary past the "occasional dope" character she was doing here.

[Laura Leff] Maxwell - That was Jack, and came much later!

[Maxwell] I know.

[yhtapmys] But I still like these shows.

Maxwell is mixing something that isn't metaphores.

[yhtapmys] Lots of energy and silliness.

[steve -shimp-] I just heard Phil and Alice in that SUSPENSE episode that Elliott Lewis did.

[Maxwell] What's a metaphore?

[ed] lucky's over milk yeeccchhh

[yhtapmys] About $1.95!

[Brad from Georgia] Mix well, Maxwell.

[steve -shimp-] Sumpin' different for sure.

[Laura Leff] I'm enjoying Hibiscus tea.

[KayLhota] oh wasn't that an interesting show, Steve?

[Maxwell] For cows to graze in.

[Laura Leff] This could have been a Jell-O flavor.

[Brad from Georgia] Max--I was just typing that.

[steve -shimp-] Yeah!

[yhtapmys] Hibicus or methaphor?

[Laura Leff] Steve - I don't think I've heard that...do tell.

[ed] guilty or not guilty

[KayLhota] It's very dramatic, and Phil is quite moving

[Laura Leff] Metaphor tea isn't very interesting.

[yhtapmys] They did suspense? Really?

[steve -shimp-] Phil plays a bandleader (natch) who appears to have killed a girl, though it was an accident.

[yhtapmys] How about that.

[Maxwell] LL Depends on whether or not you like grass.

[steve -shimp-] Alice is a former singer in his band

[ed] fibber and molly did Suspense also as did lucy and desi

[Laura Leff] And Jack

[Brad from Georgia] Heh...my wife and some other teachers once went to her principal's house for a meal. (The principal's family had a little Chihuahua named Cinnamon). Someone said, "This is tasty! What did you put in it?"

[ed] and jack yes

[Brad from Georgia] The principal said, "I put cinnamon in it."

[steve -shimp-] It's pretty good - though you can see how the writers had to avoid stuff that would have led to unintentional laughs, knowing Phil's persona

[yhtapmys] Cimmaron?

[Brad from Georgia] Her child screamed, "You killed our DOG?"

[ed] brad....hummmmm

[steve -shimp-] You couldn't have him having a drink, for example.

[Maxwell] Or saying, "That's a lu-lu..."

[yhtapmys] I'm sure this chat has the makings of a vaudeville script. Has someone called the Palace?

[KayLhota] it's pretty serious

[Laura Leff] The shows with Jack always rode that line as well. They'd throw in perhaps one cheap joke, but generally kept it straight.

[Brad from Georgia] BTW, has anyone else seen "Coraline?"

[steve -shimp-] The SUSPENSE episode is called "Death on My Hands", 5-10-51, for anyone who wants to google it up, it is on archive.org, etc.

[Laura Leff] Say, I'd like to share something that's really cool to me, but I don't want to be a name-dropper.

[Laura Leff] Brad - How is it? It looks interesting.

[KayLhota] my favorite of Jack's SUSPENSE shows is "Murder in G Flat"

[Maxwell] Drop! Drop already!

[Brad from Georgia] Oh, drop away, LL. I was just saying to George Takei, if you can't drop a name here and there....

[KayLhota] drop for heavens sake

[Frank] The Jello flavor that would go over big in Texas is Jalapeno.

[Laura Leff] Well, so I picked up Start Canin from BART and brought him up to the house.

[Brad from Georgia] LL--We all liked the movie. Saw it in 3-D and it gave me a bit of a headache, though.

[yhtapmys] Frank, Jack drives one of those.

[Laura Leff] Brad - OK, cool. Dan and I will probably go see it.

[KayLhota] how is Stuart Canin?

[Brad from Georgia] Neil Gaiman wrote the book on which it's rather loosely based.

[Laura Leff] And I'm walking into the living room through the kitchen, having just shut the garage door and all.

[KayLhota] And is it pronounced Cane in or Cannin?

[Laura Leff] Brad - And Neil is a big Benny fan!

[Laura Leff] The old way is Cannon. The new way is KAY-nin

User Frank has logged out.

[Brad from Georgia] Yup, I know.

[Brad from Georgia] So was the late Bob Asprin.

[yhtapmys] Anyway, more on the story...

[KayLhota] we lost Frank again

[ed] nite frank

[Laura Leff] So I'm just coming back into the living room, and Stuart is standing there with his Stradivarius and rips off a rendition of "The Bee".

[Maxwell] Say good night, Frank.

[KayLhota] so, tell us more.

[yhtapmys] He took a Strad .. on BART?

[Brad from Georgia] LL-Wow!

[KayLhota] oh my GOD

[Laura Leff] So I just froze, put my hands in my pockets, leaned against our curio and listened.

[Laura Leff] Yht - Yeah, I wondered about that too!

[Laura Leff] Gave him a standing ovation.

[KayLhota] You said it

[yhtapmys] Laura, does he get asked to play it a lot?

[Laura Leff] I was just insanely cool. Only Dan and a couple people at work knew that it happened, so I just had to share.

[steve -shimp-] That is great!

[Brad from Georgia] LL-I just got your private message. You naughty girl!

[Laura Leff] Yht - He says that he still plays it for his grandkids pretty regularly.

[KayLhota] that is a lovely story, Laura

[yhtapmys] I imagine it's kind of his song now.

[Maxwell] Cool story.

[KayLhota] it's thrilling

[Laura Leff] As much as Love in Bloom is Jack's song.

[Brad from Georgia] (No, really, the private message was about pet names, that's all. Names for animals, I mean.)

[Laura Leff] Once in a while I find myself in these moments with serious reality checks...I felt the same way when I was having breakfast with Isaac Stern. "How did I get here?"

[KayLhota] I love the episode where Jack plays "The Bee" and swings into "With Plenty of Money and You"

[yhtapmys] Brad, Orange you ashamed of yourself.

[Maxwell] Cupcake and Buster.

[Laura Leff] Kay - Oh! Oh! Thanks for saying that!

[Laura Leff] So right after he plays it, I said, "You know that Jack played it too in response, right?"

[Laura Leff] And he had either never heard it or forgotten it, so I brought it right up on my computer and played it for him.

[KayLhota] Yes!

[Laura Leff] He got a huge kick out of it.

[yhtapmys] !

[KayLhota] I'll bet!

[Brad from Georgia] "Plenty of Money and You" is from "Gold Diggers of 1938."

[ed]  

[KayLhota] I hope he laughed at the curve

[yhtapmys] I thought it was from a Warners cartoon  

[Laura Leff] Stuart looked at me with a big question mark when Jack moved to the other theme, and I told him what it was.

[KayLhota] GREAT

[yhtapmys] Laura, that's amazing he'd never heard it before.

[KayLhota] well, if he did in 1937, he may have forgotten it

[Laura Leff] That's what I figured.

[yhtapmys] Did he deal with his sudden fame OK at the time it happened?

[Laura Leff] And he immediately noted that he was on Jack's show the following week.

[Brad from Georgia] I owe all my knowledge of classical music to Warner Brothers. I still can't watch a Wagner opera without singing "Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit!"

[KayLhota] I'm so thrilled to hear this story

[Laura Leff] Yht - Yes, I can't remember what he said in the interview (check the Times), but he kept on with his studies. Made appearances on several shows, got his 15 minutes of fame, and then kept practicing.

[ed] and elmer on top of a hill

[KayLhota] Brad, My Mom and I went to the Boston Symphony when it was a Wagner night

[Laura Leff] It's the kind of thing you dream..."I dreamed that Stuart Canin was in the house playing The Bee..."

[Brad from Georgia] Wagner's music is better than it sounds.

[Brad from Georgia] LL--In a Maidenform bra?

[KayLhota] and we were stifling giggles when the french horn was playing "Oh Mighty hunter twill be quite a task"

[Laura Leff] Brad - I like that line too.

[KayLhota] we couldn't help it

[yhtapmys] Ah "Plenty of Money and You" (Freleng, 1937).

[steve -shimp-] so, this dyslexic walks into a bra...

[Brad from Georgia] "You're so wovewy!" "Yes I know it, I can't help it!"

[KayLhota] from Gold Diggers of 1937

[yhtapmys] No, Kay, that was the name of the cartoon.

[Brad from Georgia] So I was off by a year. So sue me.

[KayLhota] yes, that's both true

[yhtapmys] I know Phil's orchestra did it as an open once.

[Maxwell] Starring Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, and Victor Moore.

[yhtapmys] And I guess Golddigers is where it debuted.

[KayLhota] three times true

[Brad from Georgia] Actually, they did it on the show after tonight's show. I listened to that one today.

[Laura Leff] I have it as Pennies from Heaven

[Maxwell] Back then the Merrie Melodies featured a song from a WB feature.

[Laura Leff] Brad - OIC...sorry, misundertood.

[KayLhota] no, he said the show after that

[Laura Leff] Duh.

[KayLhota] Frank is packing in his laptop in frustration

[Laura Leff] Should we start up doing bar jokes?

[Maxwell] Can't say as I blame him.

[Brad from Georgia] Yep, the next week's show. It was the orchestra number that led into the completion of the "Buck Benny" skit.

[KayLhota] we have to see what we can do to increase its memory

[Laura Leff] Kay - That's ironic.

[Maxwell] Kay Have it take a course.

[yhtapmys] Has he got sound or video files in it?

[yhtapmys] Video files have completely eaten my machine.

[KayLhota] I don't know what's in it.

[Brad from Georgia] Oh, well, poor Mrs. from Georgia is asking me to sign off. She's exhasuted from last night's Tripper chase. So long, everyone!

[Maxwell] He has to get something newer than a Commodore 64.

[yhtapmys] OK, Brad.

[Laura Leff] Good night, Brad! Great as always!

[KayLhota] night Brad

[Maxwell] So long Brad!

[ed] bye brad

[Laura Leff] Hey, don't knock PET computers.

[Brad from Georgia] See you next month!

User Brad from Georgia has logged out.

[Laura Leff] Well, we're at the 2-hour mark...should we call it good for this month?

[Maxwell] Sounds like a plan.

[yhtapmys] Laura, I have a question.

[Laura Leff] Any requests for a show next month?

[ed] yes LL

[Laura Leff] Yht - Go for it.

[Maxwell] After yht asks his question.

[KayLhota] yes, I'm going after yht's question

[yhtapmys] OK.. on the forum someone asked about the Jack in 1971 show.

[yhtapmys] Is is possible to recrd that at the LA library?

[KayLhota] Can I request "Jack Plays the Bee?"

[Laura Leff] Yht - Sorry, I'm blanking...that's a lost radio show?

[yhtapmys] Yes.

[Laura Leff] Kay - Sure, works for me.

[Maxwell] Works for me, too.

[steve -shimp-] The Bee show would be fun!

[Laura Leff] Yht - It's something I've thought about, but hadn't pursued yet. That for any recordings they have that aren't in circulation. But it may be broken there...I think something like 12/28/52 is.

[yhtapmys] Someone answered on the forum about it being at UCLA or UCal or wherever.

[Laura Leff] So in short, not every show is safe and complete in UCLA.

[yhtapmys] OK.

[KayLhota] I've wondered.

[Laura Leff] Yht - I may have done that, if I found it in their listing.

[KayLhota] There are a number of misfiled or shortened shows on MP3

[Laura Leff] Yeah, working on some other opportunities right now, but hopefully I'll get around to that!

[Laura Leff] Anything else?

[yhtapmys] A shame UCLA has it on cassette as the quality won't be as good as a disc.

[yhtapmys] No, that's it for me.

[Maxwell] I'm good.

[Laura Leff] UCLA has it on cassette?

[yhtapmys] According to the posting in the forum today, yes.

[KayLhota] a cassette can be transferred to something else

[Laura Leff] Oh, I hadn't seen that yet.

[KayLhota] goodnight and thanks for tonight

[yhtapmys] I know Kay, but all that damned tape hiss.

[Laura Leff] Maybe I should take my Astatic Microphone transcription player to LA with me...  

[steve -shimp-] OK goodnight all!

[yhtapmys] A shame the transcriptions aren't available.

[Laura Leff] OK, thanks folks for stopping!

[yhtapmys] OK, Steve.

[Maxwell] Good night everybody!

[KayLhota] goodnight

User Maxwell has logged out.

[ed] happy valentine's day to all - ed signing off God Bless You all from springfield illinois

[Laura Leff] See you next month!

User steve -shimp- has logged out.

[yhtapmys] Thanks, Ed.

[KayLhota] yes, happy Jack's Birthday