A Glimpse at Russel Miller

At a request from Jimbo Mason, here’s a brief look at the replacement kid on Vic and Sade. In the real world, Bill Idelsen went into the Navy for World War 2. A replacement boy was needed to keep equilibrium in the Gook home.

With that all said, here’s a paragraph I wrote for Jimbo, and I’m sure that he’ll put it to good use on his own site, The Crazy World of Vic and Sade.

In my journey to listen to all the Vic and Sade episodes I found out that Bill Idelsen would leave the show for a tour of duty in the Navy. I anticipated the replacement character, Russell, with hopes that he would be everything Rush was. Put simply, Russell is no Rush, but that doesn’t make him any lesser, just different. I liked the fact that the actor who played him was closer in age to the perennially 14 year old Rush. The thing that rubbed me a little the wrong way is that he could be more demanding when he didn’t get attention, which was annoying to me. Over all though, during the time Russell took over as th e boy in the Gook home, I got attached to his character, and was sad to see they didn’t keep him around after Rush returned.

Thhanks for giving me the topic Jim.

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A Jack Benny Moment

One night, Jack Benny was walking home when, all of a sudden, a thief jumped on him.

Jack and the thief were beginning to wrestle. They rolled about on the
ground and Jack put up a tremendous fight. However, the thief managed
to get the better of him and pinned Jack to the ground.

When the thief went through Jack’s pockets all he could find on him
was 25 cents. He was so surprised at this he asked why Jack had
bothered to fight so hard for 25 cents.

“Was that all you wanted?” Jack replied, “I thought you were after the
five hundred dollars I’ve got in my shoe!”

Christmas Greetings from Vic and Sade

In the Vic and Sade series, a recurring feature is the host of townsfolk who try to sell Christmas cards to poor old, money concious Sade Gook.

In the show, the topic will come up as quickly in June as it does in the Christmas season. I guess it’s never a bad time to start pitching those cards, and make a little spending money. The thing with that Christmas card company is the wierd, horrible, yet funny greetings in them. Here’s a collected list of them.

  • Give me a kiss, and make me feel fine. Merry Christmas 1939!
  • Wash off that dirty neck of yours, and wipe away that sneer. I’m wishing you and your family a prosperous New Year.
  • Give me a kiss o girl of mine, this is Christmas 1939.
  • Give me a kiss for Christmas time joy, Santa is coming with candy and toys.
  • Give me a kiss to remember you my dear, and don’t forget December 25th is full of holiday cheer.
  • Give me a kiss and then go away, I’m listening for bells on Santa Claus’s sleigh.
  • Give me a kiss before I get mad,
  • Give me a hug o girl of mine, this is Christmas 1939.
  • Give me a kiss while its snowing and sleeting, and accept this heartfelt wish of holiday greeting.
  • Give me a kiss for Christmas time sake. If I don’t recieve presents, I’ll jump in the lake.
  • Give me a kiss, or I’ll telephone the police. May the blessings of Christmas never cease.
  • Merry Christmas you big old ox. What’s Santa Claus gonna put in your socks?
  • If I had a face like yours, I’d go jump in the lake. Your Your brotherr’s a half wit, your uncle’s a fake.
  • You’re not very pretty, and your not very smart. But I hope you enjoy the holiday season, and that comes from the heart.
  • Slap me in the face with a wreath of holly. Give me a kiss, and let’s be jolly.
  • The holiday season is full of fun. If you eat any more pudding, you’ll weigh a ton.
  • Santa Claus’s reindeer have come over the hill. I think I’ll roast a turkey, and eat my fill.
  • I look like a baboon, and I got no sense. When are you gonna pay me the two dollars you owe me for rent?
  • During the Yuletide season, we eat lots of food and cranberry sauce, and take chances at getting fat. Get off my foot you son of a gun, or i’ll hit you on the head with this baseball bat.

This represents a partial list, and is transcribed from a couple audio clips found on the Crazy World of Vic and Sade. As Jimbo adds more, or I find them on my own, this list could grow.

best,
Keith H

Chickenman, for the Best or the Worst.

As a young kid I remember a local radio station out of St. Louis, MO that had a spot near the noon hour. A goofy spoof about a superhero in a chicken suit.

Years later I found a few stray shows on the Internet, then a few more and enjoyed the comic adventures all over again. When I put together my podcast and web page I thought it would be a good show to add to it.

After running through most of my collection, and having requests coming in to ask for more, I did more research on the show, and found out two important things.

1. All the series has been preserved, and is available to anyone who wants to purchase a copy of the 14 CD set for personal use. (currently the set costs $129, but price may vary as time goes by and at the discretion of the copyright holder.)

2. Did I say copyright? Yes. Though most of existing radio broadcasts before a law in 1974 came into being to address such things, most radio broadcasts are considered in the public domain. Broadcast companies focused on the new invention of television, and old radio shows were not considered worthy of copyrighting, often were tossed out wholesale, and considered junk. Chickenman is one that has had the copyright maintained through the years.

The Good part is that the shows are still out there, but it might be best to purchase your own personal set. If you balk at the price, just comfort yourself in knowing it breaks down to about 8 cents per episode. Another thing to do is to request your local radio station to license a copy of the radio series. There is apparently no such licensing for podcasts, or any arrangement to include podcasters in any such licensing arrangements.

The Worse part is that no matter how many people may request it of me, I can’t offer any Chickenman episodes on the podcast. Neither can any other podcasters, legally.

In cooperation with a request from the copyright holder, the shows that I had posted in the past have all been removed.

Bottom line. Though I would really like to, and though you may want me to I just can’t put the shows back on the podcast. I’d still like to know what fans of the podcast have to say about it, so sign up, log in, and make your comments. If you just want to remain anonymous, you can still use my email form on the contact page to leave your comment directly with me.

best,
Keith H

Just Testing Out a New Feature

If this is being read on the website, then congradulations to me. I’ll soon be moving the website to a new server, and my plan is to do away with my forum. Nobody seems to use it much.

This new space in wordpress.com will take over the need for me to post various items that don’t quite fit into the podcast. Articles on old time radio characters, shows, and things. I’ll be sure to leave comments turned on, so anybody can add to the topic.

I’ll try to repost a few of the more popular forum articles here in the next few days, and take it from there.

best,
Keith H