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The popular Perry Mason show still seen in syndication on television had its roots on radio.
Perry Mason came to CBS on October 18, 1943 in a script written especially for radio by Earl Stanley Gardner. Gardner, a Southern California lawyer, had created Mason in a series of mystery novels. Mason therefore had a built in audience when he made the jump to radio. Along with him came all the other Gardner regulars, secretary Della Street, legman Paul Drake and crusty old lieutenant Tragg of homicide. Mason followed heavily in the footsteps of Mr. District Attorney. This was sheer soap opera and it ran in prime time afternoon five days a week, fifteen minutes per chapter, with Procter and Gamble as sponsor.
Bartlett Robinson played Mason when the series opened. Subsequent lead actors were Santos Ortega, Donald Briggs, and in 1949 John Larkin, who gave a short tempered interpretation of the Gardner hero. Della was originated by Gertrude Warner and later played by Jan Miner and Joan Alexander. Alexander’s credits also included playing Lois Lane on the Superman series. Matt Crowley was Paul Drake and Tragg was played by Mandel Kramer.
Although Gardner started the scripting for the Perry Mason radio series he soon left it to Ruth Borden and Irving Vendig. The series ran until 1955 and was carried all this time on CBS for Procter and Gamble. Unlike the television series where each episode had a conclusion, the radio Perry Mason could take weeks to finish a
One episode that I have deals with a little girl answering questions on the witness stand. What is interesting about this particular episode is the Tide commercial. The music reminds me of the days when my mother and grandmother would listen in on the Perry Mason program when I was a youngster.
If you tune into The Big Broadcast from six to midnight on AM 1370 KDTH you might hear Perry Mason in court for the defense.
Adaptive Sports for Disabled Vets
Disabled veterans will get a chance again this year to compete in adaptive sports across the country. The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking applications for $8 million grants that will support programs for disabled veterans and members of the Armed Forces.
Last year, grants helped fund 90 different programs, including coaching and technical assistance, recreation therapists, equipment, supplies and programs on the local level, as well as advanced adaptive sports and Paralympic programs at the regional and national levels. Grant applicants are expected to be colleges, parks and rec departments, Paralympic sports clubs and organizations, nonprofits, Veterans Service Organizations and more.
For disabled athletes who want to train and compete, this is a huge program. See www.va.gov/adaptivesports for more information. Click on Paralympic Sport Club Finder to locate ones in your area, or go to www.teamusa.org for full listings. Depending on where you live, you can join adaptive skiing, para-athlete triathlons, sports for visually impaired, snow-shoeing, cycling, wheelchair basketball, archery, fly fishing, kayaking, disc golf, biathalon, tennis and many more.
Specific adaptive events during the year include:
• Valor Games — open to veterans with a VA disability rating for PTSD, amputation, traumatic brain injury
• Golden Age games — open to veterans age 55 or older who get health care at the VA.
• Summer Sports Clinic, Sept. 17-22 in San Diego — take part in surfing, track and field, sailing, hand and tandem cycling. For those who were recently injured, daily therapy is part of the program.
• TEE Tournament, Sept. 11-15 in Iowa City, Iowa —develop skills in adaptive golf and bowling.
If you’re disabled and think you won’t get anything out of the sports programs, go online to www.va.gov/adaptivesports. Check out some of the videos of veterans in the programs. You might change your mind.
© 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.
Weekly Yard Waste Collections Resume April 3
DUBUQUE, IOWA – The City of Dubuque will resume its regular weekly curbside collection of yard waste and food scraps on Monday, April 3, 2017.
Beginning on April 3, yard waste and food scraps will be collected on customers’ regular curbside collection days. Materials must be placed in paper yard waste bags that display single-use yard waste stickers, 35-gallon rigid solid waste containers with either single-use yard waste stickers looped on the handles or the City’s 2017 annual yard waste decal displayed, or in subscribed City wheeled carts. Brush and limbs may also be bundled with City of Dubuque brush ties that have a single-use sticker attached.
Single-use yard waste stickers are sold at City Hall and many local grocery and hardware stores and cost $1.30 each and are sold on sheets of five for $6.50. Brush ties cost $1.30 each. The 2017 annual yard waste decals cost $35 each and are only available from the City’s Utility Billing Service Center by walk-up, mail-in coupon, or by phone at 563-589-4144.
For food scrap collection, City collection customers may either subscribe to use food scrap collection carts (13, 48, or 64 gallons) for a fee or place food scraps in with grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris in their current yard waste cans, carts, and bags.
Yard waste and food scraps should not be placed in plastic bags and must be kept separate from other trash. Collections must be set out by 6 a.m. and not weigh over 40 pounds per container or bundle.
Residents who would like to have materials collected before April 3 are reminded they can utilize the City’s winter yard waste collection service. These collections are made every Thursday through March 30 and require an appointment, which can be made through a service request on the City’s website at www.cityofdubuque.org/yardwaste or by calling
The City offers a free tool, “REThink Waste Dubuque,” to make it easier for City curbside collection customers to remember to set out trash, recycling, and organics and to stay informed on collection schedule changes and what can and cannot be recycled. To access the REThink Waste Dubuque tool, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/rethinkwaste. Links to download the app are provided on the page and available on the iTunes App Store and Android Play Store. For additional information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250.
Put the Extra Toothpaste
The other day I was standing by the bay window in our living room. I was watching a young, black squirrel, eating an almond nut. I had tossed a handful of them into the front yard. The small squirrel was just barely out of the baby stage and totally innocent of its surroundings. I had to laugh because the grass was getting very high and the squirrel was just a head taller than grass around its body. As the black squirrel munched on the almond nut held between two clawed paws, I almost felt guilty about laughing at the effort involved in the tiny creature’s meal.
It was early spring so the grass was a delicious green and with the black fur of the squirrel blending into
the nature scene of sunshine and the blue horizon.
You might say it was like viewing a picture on a museum wall.
This scene of innocents reminded me of the naivety of children. You know, those precious treasures we call our children. We love them and try to protect them from any harm, be it physical or otherwise. When they venture out into the “high grass” of just growing up, we shiver as we watch them trample through high grass, sometimes weedy. We hold our breath for fear of them becoming lost or out of control during their lifetime. And yet, they do grow up and become young adults and then parents themselves.
As I continued to watch the black squirrel roam the grass for another almond nut, I wondered how long it had been out of the nest. It still had a tiny, thin furry tail. But in time it would become long and bushy and a compliment to its body.
There are usually several squirrels eating from the bird feeder in the back yard. But they often come around to the front because they know I often toss walnut or almonds out the front door of the house. We usually get a combination of gray, brown, red, and black squirrels. Sometimes they fight with each other but generally get along. I must say, the black squirrels seem to rule the roost when they are at the feeder.
Well, the last time I looked out the window that day, the black squirrel must have gotten full of nuts because my lunch guest had gone home. “Oh, by the way, have a good day!”
I searched the recent DVD releases looking for a movie to review and found an absolute winner: The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck. I was so taken with this film that on a scale of one to ten I give it a well-deserved twenty-five.
Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a high functioning math savant, having been diagnosed as a child with autism. His father was very demanding of Christian and his brother, especially when it came to the martial arts.
But that training and skill will save Christian’s life as
Christian runs his own accounting firm. He has a successful business, but his real money comes from handling the finances and cooking the books for
some of the most dangerous criminal organizations
in the world.
When the Treasury Department gets a little too close, Christian decides to take on a legitimate client when one of its accounting clerks finds a discrepancy involving millions. The business is a robotics
company, what could possibly go wrong.
The pacing is fantastic. It’s never over the top, but it’s also never dull, and we never get bored. The Accountant will keep you glued to the screen wondering what is going to happen next.
The ending was brilliant because it was such a perfect fit. It ended the way it needed to end.
This film is rated a mild R and is available at most Redbox and Blue Box locations.