Rodrigo Araya4:52 PM Jell-o there!Ring the bell for Pall Mall! DING-DONG!The Dennis Day Program featuring Phil Sinatra and Dinah Livingstone, George Bernard Shaw and yours’ truly, the pickle in the middle!14:53A few minutes remain before the chat begins.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:00 PM history of an early traveling movie show, Brinton’s movies, he eventually took over the theater in Washington Iowa and now that theater/opera house has a Guiness World Record for longest continually operating movie theater in the world. Oooops I expect that 2020 has been hard on them5:01this group seems like an oasis of calm in a very strange news world : )
kathy_fuller_seeley5:02 PM Laura, I had a phone call from Barbara Thunell today, she is delightful as always, and wants to know when I am getting more scrapbooks. I am so glad that she is into this!
Nancy A. Acosta5:02 PM I think I know what theater you’re talking about now! I remember asking the store next to a famous theater house if I could walk inside to look (they had a thing where you can be a walk-in) and the lady said that it was closed for the day….at around 2-3PM
kathy_fuller_seeley5:03 PM Well Nancy, I hope you get to return. Wonderful fellow Mike Zahs, local historian, has made a great display at the local bank about Washington IA history including Brinton and the movie theater. Wonderful documentary “Saving Brinton” is based on it, and will be shown on PBS again soon. Spoiler alert, I make a cameo appearance, haha
Nancy A. Acosta5:03 PM Sometimes having small things like this chat is a boon during the apocalypse 5:04Oh I will note that down as well. I love documentaries too much haha
Laura Leibowitz5:04 PM I had the scrapbooks all packed up, we had the problem with the account number, and then you know me…it went out of my orbit except for the fact that I kept looking at it on the dresser behind me and saying, “You know, I’ve got to try thataccount number again.”
Laura Leibowitz5:05 PM Kathy – Oh no need for that…I’m reusing the packing material and the tape is a pittance. Especially for the service you’re doing by scanning them.5:06Kathy – One I asked about before lockdown came back to find me, because he was finally willing to negotiate on price!
Laura Leibowitz5:10 PM Had a member ask to write an article on one of the saltier tidbits from that book (Hundred-Year Dash). She did, I gave her some feedback on it, and then knew I’d have to run it by Joan first because it had some eyebrow-raising theories. Joan voted it down.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:14 PM If it had been today, canceled in a New York minute!!!! In this case, thank goodness for the radio 1940s sponsor system that favored hanging on to a known name rather than dump him and try some new show////
Laura Leibowitz5:14 PM On getting the scrapbooks back from you, I’ve gotten archival foil that I’m placing between the pages. And the full books are going into Gaylord archival boxes. They’re finally getting the white-glove treatment they deserve.5:15Say, tell Nancy about the scrapbook project!
kathy_fuller_seeley5:17 PM Well Nancy and everyone, Laura and I are scanning all 23 of the amazing scrapbooks created by long-time fan Barbara Thunell. Barbara started collecting Benny clippings when she was like 13, in 1943, and she kept it up over many years, until Jack’s death in late 1974. The result is 23 AMAZING scrapbooks with materials none of us have ever seen before! I now have a book scanner to capture all the images, and we plan to make all the material available to Club members to enjoy and help identify.11
Nancy A. Acosta5:19 PM No offense to Kate Smith, but I’ve never heard of her, so I guess egg on the face for those schmucks who wanted her
garth_johnson5:20 PM 1944 – Variety – Kate Smith Opposite Benny in Fall as Gen. Foods Reshuffles Schedule — Benny leaves Y&R for Ruthrrauff & Ryan — that may play into the ratings too1944-06-07_-_mag_-_variety_-_kate_smith_opposite_benny_in_fall.jpg 12
kathy_fuller_seeley5:20 PM “God Bless America” Nancy : ) she was the fat lady who sang, but she was America’s plump sweetheart. But her show was cheap to produce
Rodrigo Araya5:20 PM Kate Smith was a popular singer in the 30s and 40s, known for her renditions of patriotic tunes.
Nancy A. Acosta5:20 PM Kathy and Laura, do you need additional help for the scans? I also have a big scanner (a lovely epson) and have experience with scanning books and art 5:20Hmmmm5:20Now I must research about Kate Smith
kathy_fuller_seeley5:21 PM Oh thank you so much, Nancy! I think I have this project covered, but we will sure appreciate your help identifying things!5:21She had a Svengali boyfriend…..
garth_johnson5:21 PM 1940 – Jack Benny with Kate Smith1940-04-20_-_mag_-_source_catalog_-_jack_benny_with_kate_smith.jpg
Rodrigo Araya5:22 PM Wasn’t that 1938? When Jack made some shows from NY only accompanied by Rochester.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:24 PM Nancy, Barbara found amazing newspaper and fan magazine articles from so many publications that have not yet been digitized, its just so fun to read everything and help piece the Public Relations story of Jack together : )15:25Kate Smith still was singing “God Bless America” at Philadelphia Flyers hockey games in the 1970s. you go girl
Nancy A. Acosta5:25 PM “On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Kate Smith among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.” — you know, I really hate that 2008 fire but this entire year, every old school artist I’ve looked up has this at the end and it’s like “okay, who didn’t lose anything in this fire, Lassie???!”WikipediaThe New York Times MagazineThe New York Times Magazine is a Sunday magazine supplement included with the Sunday edition of The New York Times. It is host to feature articles longer than those typically in the newspaper and has attracted many notable contributors. The magazine is also noted for its photography, especially relating to fashion and style. The magazine also includes various puzzles, which have been popular features since their introduction. (19 kB)
2008 Universal Studios fireOn June 1, 2008, a fire broke out on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood, an American film studio and theme park in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, California. The fire began when a worker used a blowtorch to warm asphalt shingles that were being applied to a facade. He left before checking that all spots had cooled, and a three-alarm fire broke out. Nine firefighters and a Los Angeles County sheriffs’ deputy sustained minor injuries. The fire was extinguished after 12 hours. Universal Pictures claimed that the fire destroyed a three-acre (1.2 ha) portion of the Universal backlot, including the attraction King Kong Encounter and 40,000 to 50,000 archived digital vid… Show more (229 kB)https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/62/Universal_Fire_Smoke.jpg/1200px-Universal_Fire_Smoke.jpgWikipedia
Kate SmithKathryn Elizabeth Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986), known professionally as Kate Smith and The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, well known for her rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”. She had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. Smith became known as The Songbird of the South after her enduring popularity during World War II. (34 kB)https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Kate_Smith_Billboard_4.jpg
kathy_fuller_seeley5:25 PM unlike certain presidents who do laps in cars while in quarantine… I know, avoid political topics, hahaha1
Laura Leibowitz5:28 PM I’ve actually seen that movie a couple times.5:29I saw it once and had no memory of it, so I watched it again because the premise is so good, and was reminded why I had no memory of it.1
kathy_fuller_seeley5:29 PM Kate Smith’s success is part of the magic of American radio (she would never have made it in film, but her warm voice and empathy won her many million fans)
Nancy A. Acosta5:31 PM I’ll have to look for her rendition of “God Bless America” on youtube later, if it’s until recently it stopped being used for events. I never realized it had that long lasting use
Laura Leibowitz5:31 PM I know she did it on film at least once.5:31And there’s the John Wayne version with Jack.5:32That every time someone posts it on the Facebook page, someone reports it because they think it’s a political statement.1
kathy_fuller_seeley5:32 PM Garth I just leanred the original “maverick” was a Texas governor, gave his name to wayward cows and TV series
Nancy A. Acosta6:08 PM My first time hearing Mary on the show (I only watched the TV show, which didn’t have her, of course) and I can definitely believe ppl saying that she was truly funny and amazing
Nancy A. Acosta6:10 PM Is there any credence to what is said about Mary with regards to her relationship with other comedians or in Jack’s sphere? That people generally hated when she was around because she was basically just not nice? (My understanding is that she wasn’t nice, perhaps nervous but was perceived as rude instead.)6:10(*that she was nice, perhaps nervous) — wrong tense lol
Laura Leibowitz6:10 PM It’s a question that’s often asked.6:11She had some friends…Barbara Stanwyck, Nancy Reagan6:11All the kids of that family turned out a little “off” socially6:11Or a lot “off” in Hickey’s case
Rodrigo Araya6:12 PM Did Mr. Hill approve of the addition of the Sportsmen Quartet’s ribbing of the commercials? Or did they rush the thing after he kicked the bucket?
Laura Leibowitz6:13 PM Well, Mahlon had been looking for opportunities to use them since they had formed.6:13Hill died in 1946, so I think it happened after he was gone.6:13Nancy – I’ve heard a lot of stories where she did/said things that would make your eyes pop out…from people who were there as first-hand witnesses.
Nancy A. Acosta6:14 PM I was pleased to see that the language play present in the TV show also was in the radio show 6:14Oh good lord 0.0
Laura Leibowitz6:15 PM You should see the “as broadcast” script…it’s scribbled all over with Fred’s ad libs.6:16Rodrigo – I can’t imagine that they did it that fast. But I can’t say for sure.6:16Would be interesting to see when their contract was signed.6:16What else about the show?6:16And any requests for next time?