kathy_fuller_seeley5:04 PM Laura, I made it through the latest 3 wonderful scrapbooks and purchased a fancy new box to return them in. my local FED EX clerk wanted to chide me on the condition of our regular box haha
garth_johnson5:05 PM Too many IPA’s made out here to count — A 30 mile circle from me are probably a dozen breweries each with at least something unique.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:07 PM we have one brewery in Austin that uses “wild yeast.” really. They leave the mash outside and see what happens to float in. Sometimes its wonderful, and sometimes its hideous, haha!5:07Jester King brewery
kathy_fuller_seeley5:08 PM on another note, Laura, what can we be doing to help the Benny-palooza? I am gathering my podcast forces for the friday time slot, one member is getting a Benny-actor to do several 1932 monologues, and we thought we’d talk up their podcatss
Laura Leibowitz5:09 PM lol5:10I’ve been thinking I should have a Zoom call with all the folks who are working on stuff for that weekend to put our heads together and see what else needs doing.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:10 PM I hope there will be space on the Benny-palooza website to host what I think will be a powerpoint with recorded verbal accompaniment? What I do with my college classes, maybe? That folks can access anytime?
kathy_fuller_seeley5:13 PM Well Garth, I would think we need not have it ALL done by the launch date, some tantatlizing fun things should be enough, and then we encourage folks to keep checking in!5:13Oh Labor Day, oh Labor Day….
Rodrigo Araya5:14 PM I don’t know how to feel to realize just now that Portland Hoffa was a sort of continuation of the early Mary Livingstone…
Laura Leibowitz5:14 PM And long-term, I’d like people to be able to upload their own stuff as well. The Jack Benny Database can be supported and expanded by the Benny-verse.
garth_johnson5:14 PM It is a motivation for me to organize what I have — and to have an searchable database to the photo collection so Kathy can find those Hollywood Canteen photos before posting a question to facebook .
William Graff5:14 PM Thanks, Laura! It might be of interest that SID KROFFT has been doing weekly sunday instagram live talks about his career. ( He surely MUST be one of the last survivors from vaudeville), and he mentioned that Jack Benny really gave him a big break. I THINK that he said that Jack convinced Judy Garland to hire Sid as an opening act.. I think I”ve got that right.
William Graff5:19 PM Laura-I’ll send him a message and see what develops! PS-thanks again for the virtual con info. just went there and registered! hooray!
kathy_fuller_seeley5:19 PM wonderful. Rodrigo! I recently listened to a wonderful interview with Mel Blanc talking about his earliest cartoon and radio assignments, and how he moved back and forth between all the media…just trying to make a living…. Hope we can get this interview (by Terry Phillips) up on John Henderson’s “this day in jack benny”
kathy_fuller_seeley5:26 PM oh yes, William Graff! I found it, in a vestibule between the Rancho Cucamong library and their little theater. please go see it! A box office clerk took my picture with jack
William Graff5:26 PM Kathy! how wonderful!5:27For some reason—I’ haven’t been as able to laugh for the last few years—so glad to be back among Benny folks!15:28Just wondering—dd anyone ELSE come home on New Years Eve and watch Jack and Rochester spend New Years eve together? I just love that episode! So sweet.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:28 PM William, I think many of us understand, and working with Benny materials has been such a solace to me in these times!1
kathy_fuller_seeley5:31 PM its a very nicely-planned shopping center with cultural stuff, my dear friend Bonnie lives nearby, a little odd to name it Victoria Gardens when she never visited haha5:31Garth, what’s the name of the camel that showed up at Jack Benny’s house,,,,,
kathy_fuller_seeley5:37 PM I can fully understand why the Benny writers took Carmichael off the show, but he was amusing. I guess Polly the parrot was even better suited to radio, as he could say things. But Polly never ate the gas man!
Rodrigo Araya5:37 PM JACK: Rochester! Why are you calling me? I’m at home too! And why can’t you go?
William Graff5:39 PM you just KNOW that JACK had trouble keeping a straight face when MEL played Polly!
kathy_fuller_seeley5:39 PM that was the very first Jack Benny radio show I purchased on cassette, so in 1972 my intro to the series!
Laura Leibowitz5:39 PM You know P-A-L-M… is one of those things I overhear a lot when Benny fans get together in person.5:39I think he had a hard time keeping a straight face working with Mel in any character!
William Graff5:40 PM In fact, when I did a play called LIGHT UP THE SKY, in which there is a parrot, the fellow playing the parrot’s voice COULDN”T resist adlibbing jokes during the show!
kathy_fuller_seeley5:40 PM hey Laura, could we have a place on the Benny-palooza site where folks get to write out how they first encountered Jack Benny? I would love to keep collecting this information15:40Garth, that is an amazing photo!!!
kathy_fuller_seeley5:50 PM the BEST news is that, with things going digital, we not only have “of the moment” things, but things that can be recorded and viewed later and many times! What an opportunity to create and share knowledge (says Pollyanna I know, but still!)
William Graff5:51 PM Gotta run. Thanks everyone. Will try to tune in next time and am definitely going to the virtual convention! Cheers!
Steve R5:55 PM I have been looking for Benny and cast related video interviews mostly and a few are out there but as a fan I can’t get enough of them…
Laura Leibowitz5:55 PM Garth – Technical question. If we have .mp4s (etc.) on the site, do we also need a viewer? Or could people click on them and be able to use whatever resident viewer they have
kathy_fuller_seeley5:56 PM everything is awesome! as the song says. I am so excited by what you are planning, Laura, and how Garth and the experts can contribute. Hope to do well by you all with our hour on friday of Benny-palooza and other things to be available all the time. Kenny is nagging me to go make him some dinner, so I must depart for now….. aloha!2 repliesLast reply 8 days agoView thread
Steve R5:59 PM I’m also a big Burns and Allen fan FYI and have the complete series if anyone of you ever wants a copy
garth_johnson5:59 PM LL : I haven’t looked at wordpress add-ons / extensions — but there should be a viewer for them, and with browser plug-ins and other such stuff the option of saving to local storage is also there. — so no real problem.
garth_johnson6:04 PM I officially call this staff meeting closed!1939-09-20_-_jb3_-_historicimages_piz03353_-_jack_benny_and_his_staff-a.jpg
Rodrigo Araya6:04 PM JACK: I’m sure not! BALDWIN: Don’t lie to me, Daddy! Let’s go home! JACK: Get outta here!Good night.
garth_johnson6:04 PM 1939 – Radio’s leading comedian, Jack Benny, seems in a good humor as he prepares for his return to the air Sunday, October 8, over the NBC-Red Network at 7:00 p.m., EST. Jack discusses plans with his official “Staff,” including (left to right) Bill Morrow, (with hat) and Eddie Beloin, writers; Tom Harrington, director of his agency’s radio department, and seated Harry Baldwin, secretary. Harry is the anonymous “messenger” who delivers those telegrams for Mr. Benny on the programs.