Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Relax, Dads: The Way It Is, 15 June

YOU CAN'T MAKE HISTORY EVERY DAY . . . not even on Father's Day. So maybe the best thing to do is to light up, take a long sip, lean back, relax, and listen, Dads . . .


1944: THE CASE OF THE WOMAN IN BLUE---A nervous, heartbroken Army Air Force lieutenant's romantic encounter at a masquerade disappeared---two days before they supposedly met, according to her maid, prompting the lieutenant to engage Keen (Bennett Kilpack) and Suzy (Florence Malone), on tonight's edition of Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons. (CBS.)

Clancy: Jim Kelly. Additional cast: Unknown. Writer: Possibly Lawrence Klee.

1947: ISLAND PARADISE---Role reversal of a sort for a prisoner and the man who captured him, on tonight's edition of The Clock. (ABC.)

Preston: Leon Biers. Regan: Don Crosby. Arch: Alan Trevor. The Clock: Hart McGuire. Additional cast: Max Ryan, Walter Sullivan. Writer: Lawrence Klee.

1949: FATHER'S DAY---Eddie (Eddie Green) discovers the roof is leaking just as Archie's (Ed Gardner) fixing up the dive for the day in question ("The one day of the year fathers get a slap on the back instead of a kick in the pants") and lamenting his own lack of children---until he fixes on marrying a jukebox singer he's yet to meet, on tonight's edition of Duffy's Tavern. (NBC.)

Guest Star: Bob Crosby. Miss Duffy: Sandra Gould. Finnegan: Charles Cantor. Writers: Ed Gardner, Larry Marks, possibly Manny Sachs.


1861---Ernestine Schumann-Heink (vocalist: Enna Jettick Melodies; Hoover Sentinels Serenade), Prague.
1894---Robert Russell Bennett (composer: Project Twenty), Kansas City; Leo Cleary (actor: His Honour, The Barber), Massachussetts.
1905---James Robertson Justice (actor: Star Bill), Wigtown, Scotland.
1909---Joseph DeSantis (actor: Under Arrest), New York City.
1910---David Rose (composer/conductor: The Red Skelton Show; Bold Venture), London.
1918---Richard Derr (actor: Crime Does Not Pay), Norristown, Pennsylvania.
1921---Erroll Garner (pianist/composer: Jubilee; Command Performance; Arthur Godfrey Time), Pittsburgh.
1929---Lucille Norman (vocalist: The Time, The Place, and the Tune; The Railroad Hour), Lincoln, Nebraska.


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