garth_johnson4:55 PM Hello… hello… hello, there George… hello, Ethel, how are you tonight?…hello, Kvetch!… Hello Laura … Pardon me just a moment, ladies and gentlemen… Say, were there any messages for me today? … mail, phone calls or anything?
Laura Leibowitz4:57 PM Yeah, your dentist and your hairdresser both called. Same message. You can pick them up Tuesday.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:00 PM my favorite thing of the 3 Barbara Thunell scripts I got in Batch #2 was the detailed collection of articles about the “romance” between singer Vic Damone and Joan Benny. I did not want to post that widely in case its a sore point with her
garth_johnson5:02 PM July 1951 – Vic Damone at LaGuardia to greet daughter of Jack Benny– Joan Benny, 17-year-old daughter of screen and radio stars Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone, is shown being greeted at LaGuardia airport by singing star Vic Damone, with whom she has been romatically linked. Joan, who starts at Stanford University in the fall arrived with her mother for a ten-day visit in New York. Benny is currently on a six-weeks tour of U.S. Military installation in Japan and Korea.1951-07-02_-_jb5_-_historicimages_rsk79703_-_joan_benny_and_vic_damone-a.jpg
kathy_fuller_seeley5:02 PM Hey Laura, I will ask you off-chat for Michael R’s snail mail address, he wrote a kind note, and would like to have my UCalifornia Press book
Laura Leibowitz5:06 PM I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of months, as I would like to delegate as much as possible and have it be a community thing.
garth_johnson5:07 PM 39 Forever – and ever – and ever again.2003-02-14_-_bio_-_ijbfc_catalog_-_39_forever_laura_leff_al_gordon_irving_fein_kay_linaker_beverly_washburn.jpg
kathy_fuller_seeley5:07 PM I have had the best experience with “virtual” versions of the Pordennone film festival. Even our academic “Society for Cinema and Media Studies” is going virtual. I LOVE what can be shown to participants for a small price
Laura Leibowitz5:07 PM Sadly, Beverly is the only one on that panel who’s still alive.5:07But Walden Hughes immediately came up with a long list of people we could have.5:08I’m going to have him do his Beverly Hills Beavers reunion again.5:08He did that at SPERDVAC a few years ago.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:11 PM I would LOVE to hear from Garth, and all of you!!!! Of course I will ask Darrel, and John Henderson too
Laura Leibowitz5:11 PM Yes, I need to reply to John’s recent E-mail.5:12And if you want ideas about people you/we could interview, I’ve already got a long list from Walden.5:12We’ve got Eddie Anderson’s kids, Dennis’ kids, and Phil’s daughters.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:15 PM With folks having to work with zoom and the internet in these viral times, online things are booming, and so can Benny
Laura Leibowitz5:15 PM Or things that would be interesting to do?5:16At the convention in 2003, we had Jackpardy (trivia contest in the style of Jeopardy)5:16And a script-writing contest, which was then performed.
Laura Leibowitz5:18 PM Garth – Slight subject shift…were you OK if I connect your with the guy who was building the UI for the Benny database? I thought he was working on stuff, but it sounds like he wasn’t aware of that.
Rodrigo Araya5:20 PM JACK (imitating Allen): Well, my little retriever of nicotine… Ho-ho-ho! I’m always ad-libbing, folks!
kathy_fuller_seeley5:21 PM you know, I don’t think Fred Allen smoked, can’t recall him with a cig or cigar in his hand, am I wrong?
Laura Leibowitz5:21 PM What else do you think people would like to see/do at a virtual Benny convention?5:21I don’t think he smoked either.
garth_johnson5:21 PM As for “quiz show” type thing – “Citation Needed” Before me I have a wikipedia article and you guys can’t see it for each item guessed correctly you get a ding and point. For exceptionally good answers you get “Mystery Biscuits”5:22Oh yah!
kathy_fuller_seeley5:22 PM We could do a snarky quote-along to a Benny film, like Buck Benny Rides Again (or Horn Blows, of course)
garth_johnson5:24 PM And I get two shows!1954-04-20_-_jb5_-_source_ccg429_-_jack_benny_and_dennis_day-a.jpg
kathy_fuller_seeley5:25 PM we could also have a website post of coolest/weirdest things we have found (like on ebay, stuff from back in the day from advertisers)5:25which reminds me, a WACKY JELLO COOKOFF
Rodrigo Araya5:27 PM On Tralfaz there was a column by either Eddie or Miltie claiming Freddie was “just jealous”.
Laura Leibowitz5:27 PM Hey Rodrigo – I was stamping the newsletter renewal postcards for international members recently and noting how many names domestic to their home countries we have–not just American ex-pats
Laura Leibowitz5:34 PM Actually…hmmm…Tony Butala (of the Lettermen)5:35I interviewed him once when he was really drunk…it was quite an evening.
kathy_fuller_seeley5:35 PM yay!!!! I hope we can talk about this more…a particular event and/or ongoing stuff, Laura there is a new academic center at UCLA for SOUND preservation, I know the head of it….we can also try WYOMING’s center
Laura Leibowitz5:38 PM Rodrigo – Yes, exactly. A lot of the names above have claimed Jack as “their hero” and a role model for their own comedy.5:38Is Colbert a Benny fan?5:39I can never keep the names straight…I think the guy who took over the Tonight Show is. They reached out to me once about licensing a clip.5:39Too many Jimmys on late night now.
garth_johnson5:39 PM With Television, you didn’t need to sneak into one of those seedy smoky dingy comedy clubs that only were in a few cities on the coasts
kathy_fuller_seeley5:39 PM Laura, I sure hope so!!! One of my best undergrads at UTexas got a job as handler for Colbert’s guests! So I sent her my book, and sent her a copy to give to Stephen (my hero). Now that the election craziness is abating, I can see if she can get me a word from Mr. Mountaintop
Laura Leibowitz5:50 PM Strange…every time I try to post the pix, it throws me out5:50IMG_1211.JPG 5:50IMG_1212.JPG 5:50There we go.5:52The top one has been sitting in an envelope under my turntable for years!
kathy_fuller_seeley5:52 PM hey, I have got to go burn dinner…..TOTALLY in support of the Benny-palooza idea, Laura!!! And looking forward to posting more stuff about Benny scripts Volume 2, and Benny scrapbooks to be scanned!