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February is the month known for romance and Cupid. There were any number of radio series from the golden days of radio that had plenty of romance. In fact there was a radio series called the “theater of romance” and or just “romance.” However for this romantic journey into radio history, we will concentrate on a series in titled Claudia and David.
Claudia and David was a drama, based on the Redbook magzine stories by Rose Franken and William Brown Meloney. Claudia and David began as a skit on The Kate Smith Hour on June 6, 1941, a month before becoming a full summer series. Claudia was still in her teens when she fell in love with David. Much of the conflict in their life was derived from the possessivness of her mother, with the everyday drama focusing on counting pennies, balancing checkbooks, and repairing items around the house. The skits on the Smith show developed the romance. The couple actually wed at city hall in the second regular episode, July 11. A syndication attempt in 1948 was heard which starred Katharine Bard and Paul Crabtree.
The series started July 4th to September 26, 1941, on CBS, which was a 30 minute drama on Fridays at 8pm, a summer substitute for The Kate Smith Hour. The sponsor was General Foods for Grape-Nuts and Grape-Nuts Flakes. In the first series, Patricia Ryan played Claudia and Richard Kollmar (Boston Blackie) played her husband, David Naughton, an architect. Jane Seymour played Mrs. Brown, Claudia’s mother. Irene Hubbard was Mrs. Naughton, David’s mother. The announcer was Charles Stark, with the music by Peter van Steeden. The second syndicated series was a
15 minute daily soap opera in the lives of Claudia
If you tune in to 1370 KDTH on Sunday nights from 6 to midnight you might catch a sweet and romantic episode of Claudia and David.
Pin-Ups for Vets
It was with great irritation that I learned about a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital cancelling a previously scheduled visit from a group called Pin-Ups for Vets, without (apparently) doing its homework. After a hue and cry on the hospital’s website, it finally said yes, and the visit was on again.
Pin-Ups for Vets, a kitchen-table startup that has been quite successful in supporting veterans, was created in honor of a grandfather who served during World War II. Since 2007, the group has visited more than 60 military hospitals and 20 military bases (some overseas), and have been welcomed at each one. They donate funds for veteran programs, deliver care packages, support homeless veterans and military wives, make hospital visits (wearing their vintage dresses) and chat with the veterans, and that’s just a partial list.
At each visit they also hand out nostalgia calendars with 1940s pin-up girl themes. The calendars are extremely well-done. There are images of lovely ladies wearing retro dresses, high heels and hairstyles of that era, posing with great vintage vehicles (planes, trucks, tractors) — all appropriate images. The clincher for me: Nearly all the women in the calendar are themselves military veterans.
Check for yourself at www.pinupsforvets.com. The 2018 calendar features 21 veterans and costs only $15. You’ll also find posters, mugs, totes, signs and more on the website shopping page.
With the holidays looming, consider buying a half dozen or more calendars and delivering them to a ward at your nearest VA hospital. (Hook up with a recreation therapist or voluntary services at the hospital.) Wear a Santa hat. Spend some time there talking to the patients, especially the older ones who either served or were children during World War II. Ask questions about those years. Get them talking.
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Amazing Living Is Giving
Dear Readers of The Golden View, sometime ago I promised in one of my columns that I would pen a positive, but somewhat more serious column about my usage of the word shallow.
In the aforementioned column I referenced the word as a negative. This time I will use it as a positive.
In my word research I found that one definition of the antonym for shallow, is depth.
And depth can mean deep. Example, shallow water, or deep water. But you know what? Both words can be used together as a positive. After all, you can wade in shallow water but you can’t wade in the whirling water descending from a mountain top. You have to stomp through those rushing waters to stay ahead of its force. You can drown in the rage of an angry body of rolling waters descending a mountain path. Only a fool would try and cross the rough waterfall splashing over a stony ridge. Such is life. Shallow thinking is not for wading or treading through the turbulent problems of daily living. There must be forethought in crossing or wading through the streams of problems presented to us every day. We have to seek positive thought’s not access negative suggestions.
When a mountain stream turns into a trickle then you can wade through its calm water.
It’s just like life’s problems. They eventually reach a peak and then wane to a trickle because there is no place to go. Your streams of life’s problems just become a puddle and you can go wading. But if shallow thinking keeps you in bondage you will never realize that the streams of problems you thought you had been just the remnants of a mountain stream running its course. The depth of shallow is what you make of it. A great big POSITIVE! Go wading. Wade through the muck. And wiggle your toes in the shallow waters of positive bliss.
Readers of The Golden View I hope you accept this as the promise I made to you about writing a more detailed article about shallow thinking and positive motivation. I am going to quote one paragraph from my original column. “To me shallow is a negative term and it’s not a word in my dictionary. The phrase “positive thinking” is a much better way to think. And since negative is a word of defeat and one of its antonym’s is success. I swing with the term, “positive thinking.”
After looking over the current crop of recently released rentals and coming up short because I couldn’t find one that had a ‘Wow’ factor, I decided to revisit Netflix rental to review a super movie. For Netflix subscribers I highly recommend 1996’s Primal Fear, a taut courtroom
thriller featuring a psychological bent and a major twist at the end that will have your mouth hanging open in total shock.
Richard Gere plays Martin Vail, a high powered Chicago defense attorney who becomes drawn to the case of a young man accused of murdering the archbishop. Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) is seen running from the crime scene covered in blood and is captured by the police. At first it looks like a slam-dunk case, but things are often much more complex than they first appear.
Laura Linney plays Janet Venable, the prosecuting attorney. She was once romantically involved with Vail but now finds herself going head to head against him in the courtroom. Frances McDormand is Dr. Molly Arrington, a psychologist who will introduce an added but important wrinkle. It is this wrinkle that will take center stage in the case against Aaron.
I like to think that I watch so many movies that I can see a twist coming a mile away and have it all figure it out in advance, but this one caught me completely off-guard.
This film is rated R for adult viewing.