Chat January 24, 2021

kathy_fuller_seeley4:55 PM
jell-o everybody, as the first one here, of course I want to know what was that interesting photo Garth posted last week!!! really cool, and howdy everybody

Neil Ottenstein4:57 PM
Good evening

kathy_fuller_seeley4:57 PM
Hello Neil, how are you doing?

Neil Ottenstein4:59 PM
I am doing well.  I have all my wife’s presents ready for her birthday tomorrow.

William Graff4:59 PM
Jello everyone.  I’m here, but have no idea what I’m doing, so I will probably just observe for now. In the meantime, I’m enjoying a martini—since it’s “happy hour.”

kathy_fuller_seeley4:59 PM
oh that is lovely, I hope that she has a wonderful celebration!

Neil Ottenstein4:59 PM
We’ll have a Zoom call with our children while she opens everything4:59After dinner

kathy_fuller_seeley5:00 PM
Howdy, William! its good to interact with anybody these days, I will say : )

Neil Ottenstein5:00 PM
Hello William

garth_johnson5:00 PM
Greetings — It’s bee snowing kittens and puppies here all day.1940-12-27_-_fil_-_imago0097658038_-_love_thy_neighbor.jpg 

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kathy_fuller_seeley5:00 PM
Neil, that is so nice!!!! There is something about zoom that is better than emails, you can see each other and it is a bit more intimate, so yay

Rodrigo Araya5:00 PM
Hi, Jackson! What’s buzzin’, cousin?

William Graff5:01 PM
So is this format similar to the ol’ yahoo groups I used to use?  I wasn’t sure if it was more of a zoom thingy or just typed messages.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:01 PM
thank you , Garth! I just laughed that Barbara had saved a photo from that session with the cat’s head turned away. So very cat-like

Rodrigo Araya5:01 PM
Are ya on the beam?

garth_johnson5:01 PM
Hi William — I just opened a can of local craft brewed ale myself

kathy_fuller_seeley5:02 PM
well, William Graff, its a bit of both and neither, we can pose questions and crack jokes and have light conversation

Neil Ottenstein5:02 PM
William, this is just a text chat though some people insert some photos and such

William Graff5:02 PM
Excellent Garth! Thanks, Neil and Kathy!

Laura Leibowitz5:02 PM
Hi folks!

Neil Ottenstein5:03 PM
Hello Laura

William Graff5:03 PM
Hi Laura!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:03 PM
Garth, some day going to have a taste-off challenge, I am partial to IPAs made here in central Texas : )

Rodrigo Araya5:03 PM
JIMMY WALLINGTON: And now for that Wednesday night jester… Fred Allen!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:03 PM
hello Laura!

Rodrigo Araya5:03 PM
Oh… Hi, Laura.

Laura Leibowitz5:03 PM
Kathy – Shiner Bock5:04Rodrigo – Gee, don’t let me spoil the party!

Rodrigo Araya5:04 PM
Honestly, I prefer lager.

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.

Laura Leibowitz5:05 PM
Har har…she has no idea how much inner packing we have!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:05 PM
My Kenny is all about Belgian triples and US chocolate stouts. I say give me a double IPA!!! Now Jack would say “give me the hottest cup of coffee possible”

Laura Leibowitz5:05 PM
Or tea when he was sponsored by Lipton

Rodrigo Araya5:05 PM
Allen would surely make a joke about all small breweries making IPA…

kathy_fuller_seeley5:06 PM
Boston Bean IPA haha for Allen

garth_johnson5:06 PM
I’ll have the Jack and the bean stout …

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

garth_johnson5:07 PM
Lambec’s wow — haven’t had any of those

Rodrigo Araya5:07 PM
Do they make corn IPA? Phil would like some…

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 Leibowitz5:08 PM
Ah lambics

kathy_fuller_seeley5:08 PM
podcats. Althought podcats might be interesting5:08jeez podcasts! haha

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?

William Graff5:10 PM
oops!  just pulled a Remley and spilled my martini in my lap. oh well.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:10 PM
glad to partake of such a zoom!

Laura Leibowitz5:10 PM
Yes, that’s part of what I was hoping to do with the Cloudways hosted space.5:11Media of all sorts, online Jack Benny archive.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:11 PM
so, for everybody else……if there’s anything you might like to have talked about at this Benny-palooza, let us/Laura know. Its ABSOLUTELY AMAZING what she has lined up!!!!

Laura Leibowitz5:11 PM
Hopefully Garth isn’t having a heart attack

William Graff5:11 PM
Kathy-where can one access the line up?

Laura Leibowitz5:11 PM
Hey, credit to everyone else who came up with such great ideas and guests!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:12 PM
The Benny-verse is making Benny-palooza : )

Laura Leibowitz5:12 PM

garth_johnson5:12 PM
I’m running a bit behind — Mother is getting better, but a few unexpected “honey-do’s” today — I expect some progress on the vaudeville data by tomorrow evening

Rodrigo Araya5:12 PM
Gee… Now eveything has ‘verses…

Laura Leibowitz5:12 PM
Garth – Love it.  Thank you!  And best to your mother!

garth_johnson5:12 PM
Oh Eastertime Oh Eastertime …

Laura Leibowitz5:13 PM
William – Go to and click on the green button.

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.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:14 PM
not the red button!!!!

Laura Leibowitz5:14 PM
Ah ah ah…don’t touch that button!

Rodrigo Araya5:14 PM
Oh, the one for Lucky Strikes?

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.

Laura Leibowitz5:15 PM
It’s not quite that green.  Just was trying to make it stand out.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:15 PM
oh Garth! haha  I just post fun things from the latest Barbara Thunell scrapbook I get for scanning! Its not organized, but YOU are,,,,,consider it a fun challenge

garth_johnson5:15 PM
Lucky Strike Green is gone — to war!

Laura Leibowitz5:15 PM
William – Indeed!  If you’re a listener, any chance you could reach out to him to see if he’d share any Benny memories?

Rodrigo Araya5:16 PM
Lucky Strike Green actually went to Jack’s face when he boarded a ship…

Laura Leibowitz5:16 PM
Or got on a horse.5:17Garth – Want me to send you my 39 Forever databases?

garth_johnson5:17 PM

1942 – Jack Benny with a swayback horse

Laura Leibowitz5:17 PM
I think Don got on that horse.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:17 PM
hahaha what she said

garth_johnson5:17 PM
Sure Laura – I can then massage them into something

Rodrigo Araya5:17 PM
Tonight I listened to a 1944 Benny show where he and Mary visited Raoul Walsh, with Mel Blanc as… Lassie.

Laura Leibowitz5:18 PM
Garth – Sounds good.  I’ll send you some schema ideas I had that I discussed with Paul some time back.

garth_johnson5:19 PM
Here is my photo collection in Excel — that’s what I am using as a basis for the media tablesZip Garth_Johnsons_Jack_Benny_image_database.zip2 MB Zip2 MB — Click to download

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”

Laura Leibowitz5:20 PM
Thank you Garth!5:20William – Excellent!  Thank you!:white_check_mark:1

kathy_fuller_seeley5:20 PM
Garth — my dropbox….boom, I think of the fireworks the night of Joe Biden’s inauguration….just big boom  hahaha

Laura Leibowitz5:20 PM
Cue Katy Perry5:21Can you imagine Lady Gaga appearing on one of Jack’s specials?

Doug Kiser5:21 PM
Hello all. Sorry I am a bit late was driving.

Laura Leibowitz5:21 PM
Hi Doug!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:22 PM
Hello, Doug!!!! And gosh, what a dialogue Jack could have with Lady Gaga!

William Graff5:23 PM
I imagine there would be jokes from Jack about Lady Gaga’s fashion sense… which Jack comes off as a fuddy duddy.

garth_johnson5:23 PM
Doug are you sure you were not Put-Put-Putting along?

Laura Leibowitz5:23 PM
Remembering Jack handling Isaac Hayes ridiculously heavy chains and saying, “That’s a beautiful shirt!”

kathy_fuller_seeley5:23 PM
Well, here’s a question….when we can all travel again (here’s hoping!!!) are there any Benny-connected sites on your travel radar?

Rodrigo Araya5:24 PM
JACK: She dresses so weird…
MARY: At least she doesn’t use the same outfits for 30 years!

William Graff5:24 PM
JACK “Well, Lady Gaga….I think….”  MARY” Oh, shut up!”

kathy_fuller_seeley5:24 PM
I NEED to get back to UCLA and Benny’s scripts again, to pick up the random pages I lost!!!!!

Rodrigo Araya5:24 PM
I think Jack would refer to her by her first name… Not sure which it is…

kathy_fuller_seeley5:24 PM
so , Los Angeles is high on my travel list

William Graff5:24 PM
JACK still wearing his “guaranteed” polka dot shirt while talking to Lady Gaga!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:24 PM
Stephanie is her first name

Rodrigo Araya5:25 PM
Oh, right.

Doug Kiser5:25 PM
I heard something on Red Skelton.   Was not too nice but then it was Red.
NBC. No Benny corn

CBS Can Benny survive.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:25 PM
haha Doug, great joke!!!!

Laura Leibowitz5:25 PM
William – Yes, but I remember him trying to get into a nude scene on one of his later secials.

William Graff5:25 PM
I keep meaning to head to Rancho Cucamonga to see their Jack Benny statue—-but I hear it’s kept inside and not always accessible.

Rodrigo Araya5:25 PM
Well, Laura. It was the 70s…

Laura Leibowitz5:26 PM
Rodrigo – Very true!

garth_johnson5:26 PM

2018 – Jack Benny Statue -Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, Rancho Cucamonga, California

Laura Leibowitz5:26 PM
William – Confession…I need to go see it too.

William Graff5:26 PM
garth-thanks.  is it accessible to the public?

Laura Leibowitz5:26 PM
I feel like I see it every day in my office…

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!:heart: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!:heart:1

garth_johnson5:28 PM
Victoria Gardens Cultural Center,  Address12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739, United States —  – No mention that it is closed ….vgculturalcenter.comvgculturalcenter.comVictoria Gardens Cultural CenterDedicated in August, 2006, the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center entwines literature with the magic of performing arts all in one place!

William Graff5:29 PM
Thanks so much, Garth!

Laura Leibowitz5:29 PM
Imagining a gag of Jack reminiscing about his first command performance…and it turns out to be Queen Victoria!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:29 PM

William Graff5:29 PM
Laura!  LOVE that gag!

garth_johnson5:29 PM
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1950 – The Mudlark – 797-s-168 – Jack Benny and Irene Dunne – Jack Benny finds Irene Dunne an imperious Queen when he visits her on “The Midlark” set in England. He hardly recognized the youthful and slender Irene in the heavy, buxom makeup and costume of the British Queen.

Laura Leibowitz5:30 PM
Feel free to steal it…just came to mind!

William Graff5:30 PM
..or even King Tut?

Laura Leibowitz5:30 PM
Oh well played, Garth…well played!5:30William – I guess the Jews were in Egypt at that time.

garth_johnson5:31 PM
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Laura Leibowitz5:31 PM
From somewhere…in EGYPT

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,,,,,

William Graff5:31 PM

Laura Leibowitz5:32 PM
Maybe if the Colmans went there, it could have been Benita Gardens

garth_johnson5:32 PM

Laura Leibowitz5:32 PM
and having the library right there would be appropriate.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:32 PM
Trudy was the ostrich, named for film director Mark Sandrich’s secretary!

garth_johnson5:32 PM

1936 – Trudy Wood

Laura Leibowitz5:32 PM
But the poor librarian would be driven to distraction with people calling out, “I’m in the library, Benita!”5:33You know, I’ve never heard where Carmichael’s name came from.

William Graff5:33 PM
I do an impression of Dennis Day doing Ronald Colman—but I can’t do Ronny himself!  Odd that

kathy_fuller_seeley5:33 PM
or Jack eye-ing any produce in Ronnie and Benita’s garden to “borrow” — send Rochester over for a cup of carrots….

Laura Leibowitz5:33 PM
Level of abstraction

garth_johnson5:34 PM
Hey Charly what’s he doing — he’s eating bushes!1940-05-00_-_jb4_-_source_catalog_-_paramount_-_jack_and_carmichael_free_lunch-a.jpg 

1940 – FREE LUNCH. — Jack Benny, star of Paramount’s “Buck Benny Rides Again,” goes for a stroll with Carmichael, the polar bear, and discovers that the beautiful beast finds his lunch on trees.

Laura Leibowitz5:34 PM
Would Ronnie and Benita have had a garden?  Jack would have borrowed all their tools.

William Graff5:34 PM
“Lock the doors, Benita!  It’s that Benny fellow…again!  He seems to thinks we live in Covent Garden, not Beverly Hills!”

kathy_fuller_seeley5:34 PM
haha William Graff!!!!!

William Graff5:34 PM
I do think ALL enlighs folks have a garden.

Laura Leibowitz5:34 PM
Well played, William!

garth_johnson5:35 PM

1946 – Jack Benny with Ronald Colman, Benita Hume and Leo Durocher

Steve R5:36 PM
Sorry I’m late folks! Had to work late on a project so I’ll try to catch up!

Laura Leibowitz5:36 PM
Hey Steve!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:36 PM
howdy, Steve!

William Graff5:36 PM
GARTH!  That’s not the REAL carmicheal!

Laura Leibowitz5:36 PM
William – Did you check his ID?

Rodrigo Araya5:36 PM
ROCHESTER: Boss, get to the fishmonger for some fish! Hurry!

garth_johnson5:36 PM
Correct – the real one is still stuck in Hong Kong!194x-00-00_-_gst_-_source_catalog_-_hoagy_charmichael.jpg :blush:1

Laura Leibowitz5:37 PM

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?

garth_johnson5:38 PM
Palm Springs! Awack!1945-03-27_-_mag_-_getty_50768497_nwm_-_polly_the_parrot.jpg 

Laura Leibowitz5:38 PM
And Mel played them both.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:38 PM
excuse me, SHE

Rodrigo Araya5:38 PM
ROCHESTER: He’s treatin’ my leg as if it were a drumstick!

Laura Leibowitz5:38 PM
Carmichael didn’t like going to P-A-L-M S-P-R-I-N-G-S:+1:1

William Graff5:38 PM
Since Polly could talk, she certainly was a better choice for radio….but the animal characters really don’t do much for me—-since they aren’t really characters—-just punchlines.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:38 PM
p a l m s p r i n g s = vacuum cleaner:+1:1

Rodrigo Araya5:39 PM
JACK: Oh! Lockdown is sure affecting Carmie…

garth_johnson5:39 PM

1944 – Jack and Mary Benny with Eddie Anderson and a camel.

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!

Rodrigo Araya5:40 PM
POLLY: SQUAWK! Jack Benny, star of radio, stage, screen and television!

garth_johnson5:40 PM

1930’s – Jack Benny with Writers

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 information:+1:15:40Garth, that is an amazing photo!!!

Laura Leibowitz5:41 PM
Kathy – That’s an excellent idea.  I’ll make a note of that.

William Graff5:41 PM
GARTH!  is that in palm springs?  and if so, where is Charlie Farrell, start of stage screen and radio?

Laura Leibowitz5:41 PM
Star of Seventh Heaven:slightly_smiling_face:1

kathy_fuller_seeley5:41 PM
star of Seventh Heaven, thank you haha

garth_johnson5:41 PM

1940’s – Jack And Mary – Palm Springs – Pool

Laura Leibowitz5:41 PM

Rodrigo Araya5:41 PM
Who are the writers in that pic? They don’t look like Bill and Edmund. For starters, they’re three…

William Graff5:42 PM
GARTh-although my memory is a bit foggy, that foto LOOKS like Charlie’s old Raquet Club pool.  Do you know if it is?

kathy_fuller_seeley5:42 PM
well, Seventh Heaven was one of the first 12 silent films I ever saw, and I had such a crush on him (now mind you that was 1973 for a film made in 1927)

Laura Leibowitz5:42 PM
It’s Bill Morrow on the left5:43I think Ed Beloin may be asleep in the chair

William Graff5:43 PM
kathy—but when I saw Charlie in a SOUND picture, I realize why his days as a leading mean were numbered…that voice!

Laura Leibowitz5:43 PM
Not sure who has the beret on.  Maybe that’s Charlie Farrell.

garth_johnson5:43 PM

1930’s – Charlie Farrell star of Seventh Heaven and later owner of the Palm Springs Racket Club

kathy_fuller_seeley5:43 PM
who’s the third writer from 1936, who died of a heart attack in 1937 before Jack could renew his contract? gosh me and names

Laura Leibowitz5:43 PM
Al Boasberg

kathy_fuller_seeley5:43 PM
Garth– be still my heart!!!!

Steve R5:43 PM
Garth your access to images is greased lightning’

Laura Leibowitz5:44 PM
But none of them look like Boasberg

William Graff5:44 PM
Laura-not handsome enough for Charlie Farrell.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:44 PM
THANK YOU Laura, Al Boasbert

garth_johnson5:44 PM

1922 – Jack Benny with Al Boasberg

Laura Leibowitz5:44 PM
There he is

kathy_fuller_seeley5:44 PM

garth_johnson5:44 PM
I’m going to need a fourth monitor if this continues….

Laura Leibowitz5:44 PM
It may be worth it to have the club buy you one!

Rodrigo Araya5:45 PM
Wasn’t Boasberg a “script doctor” rather than a writer?

kathy_fuller_seeley5:45 PM
our rarely-on-the site-friend Ben Schwartz wants to claim that Boasberg is the complete font of all Benny genius, so there you go

Laura Leibowitz5:45 PM
Rodrigo – He was a “puncher.”  You’re correct.

garth_johnson5:45 PM
Nah — I’ll just flip on one of my other computers

William Graff5:45 PM
wait!  don’t they ALL have berets on?

Laura Leibowitz5:45 PM
Kathy – Yes, he’s been preaching that gospel for many years.

garth_johnson5:46 PM
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kathy_fuller_seeley5:46 PM
and I helped him get a big NEH writers’ fellowship, wish him all the best, but there you go

Laura Leibowitz5:46 PM
Jack doesn’t.

garth_johnson5:46 PM
that didn’t work — this place doesn’t like webp files —

Laura Leibowitz5:47 PM
Kathy – Yepper.

William Graff5:47 PM
oh yes…except for jack.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:47 PM
so Laura, what can we do MOST to help you at this point for the Benny-fest?

Laura Leibowitz5:47 PM
Kathy – Thinking about it…

garth_johnson5:47 PM
and heeeers ben — Still have to listen to the interviewbs-IMG_7386-e1500411356644.jpg 

Steve R5:47 PM
My question as well

Laura Leibowitz5:48 PM
Spread the word.

kathy_fuller_seeley5:48 PM
luckily, with email and electronic communication, information can travel fast

Laura Leibowitz5:49 PM
And make the best of your sections, whatever you want to do with them.  I have total confidence in you, so I don’t need to micromanage anyone!

Steve R5:49 PM
Will do! Wanted to volunteer  to do something but then a project disconnected me from having JB time for the last month

kathy_fuller_seeley5:49 PM
thanks Garth, I took him and his son to lunch at Kanter’s Deli (did I spell that correctly?) and we saw Stan Lee at another table!

Laura Leibowitz5:49 PM
Steve – Boy oh boy do I know how that is!:+1:15:49Canter’s5:49Or Katz’s5:50Depends on the coast

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 R5:51 PM
Agreed Polly… umm Anna?

Laura Leibowitz5:51 PM
Very much agreed.  There’s so many people doing Benny-related stuff now that I want to provide a spotlight for everyone’s work!5:51Take care, William!5:51Thanks for stopping!

kathy_fuller_seeley5:52 PM
ancient-reference, Steve…..what would be a contemporary equivalent, is ANYBODY cloyingly nice and happy these days?

Steve R5:52 PM
Off topic Just a hair- wondering if any of you have ever collected a list of online links to unusual  Benny videos online?

Laura Leibowitz5:53 PM
Steve – I have a links page on the site but I haven’t updated it in ages.5:53What kind of unusual Benny videos did you have in mind?

kathy_fuller_seeley5:53 PM
great idea, Steve! We could make one (although an issue is that things change ALL the time, stuff going up and then getting taken down)

garth_johnson5:54 PM
Steve — no need for links when you have 300gigs of storage — everything you ever wanted to know about Jack Benny and Were afraid to ask can be stored there …

Laura Leibowitz5:54 PM
And with that, it’s part of the reason I wanted to have a hosted site.  If something is there, if there’s a way of being able to download it for future preservation…

Steve R5:54 PM
Cool and a present day reference? Gee? I don’t think there’s any celebrity with that much Pollyanna in them lol

Laura Leibowitz5:54 PM
Garth – Yep, you got the vision.

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 R5:56 PM
And yeah maybe a gofundme me for a small server ?

Laura Leibowitz5:56 PM
Thanks for stopping, Kathy!5:57Steve – Good idea.  I’m renting cloud space right now, but I’m open to other options.

garth_johnson5:57 PM
Steve – has a great collection from W.Garry Wetstein, — I don’t have the links at hand — but a lot of unusual stuff

Steve R5:58 PM
I have a small server at home for my biz and it was about 800, each 6tb hard drive is about 3005:58Thanks Garth!

Neil Ottenstein5:58 PM
You just put Jack Benny in the search there and you get tons of stuff

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.

Laura Leibowitz5:59 PM
Cool!5:59Garth – Oh duh right.  I’m still learning WordPress.

Steve R6:00 PM
And with that my partner and pizza is calling! Never refuse hot pizza is my parting advice – thanks all, “see” you at the convention!

Laura Leibowitz6:00 PM
OK top of the hour.

Rodrigo Araya6:00 PM
I was whistling “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and I wondered to myself… Who killed Mr. X?:+1:1

garth_johnson6:00 PM
A link to the Wetstein collection —

Laura Leibowitz6:01 PM
Thanks for stopping folks!
Rodrigo – Hair hair what’s on your head?

Steve R6:01 PM
Garth thanks jist in time before the pizza hits the plate !!

Rodrigo Araya6:01 PM
BALDWIN: Nothing — I’m as bald as can be! (edited) 

Laura Leibowitz6:01 PM
Harry for the win

Rodrigo Araya6:01 PM
JACK: That’s right. You look like a bowling ball…

garth_johnson6:02 PM
How can anybody work with the boss always over their shoulder1940-12-22_-_jb4_-_historicimages_lrx46281_-_jack_with_harry_bladwin-a.jpg 

1940 – A combination secretary and stooge is the unusual job of Harry Baldwin (seated) shown with his boss Jack Benny. Harry is the chap who knocks and says -Mr. Benny?- on the comedy show heard each Sunday over Station KSTP

Laura Leibowitz6:02 PM
That was the only way Jack could look taller than him!

garth_johnson6:02 PM
I hear you knocking….

Rodrigo Araya6:02 PM
I had never seen Baldwin.

Laura Leibowitz6:03 PM
OK, I’m out.  Good night folks!

Rodrigo Araya6:03 PM
BALDWIN: Mr. Benny? Are you sure you’re not Maxwell Stroud?

Neil Ottenstein6:03 PM
Good night

garth_johnson6:04 PM
I officially call this staff meeting closed!1939-09-20_-_jb3_-_historicimages_piz03353_-_jack_benny_and_his_staff-a.jpg 

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.

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.

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