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“Tarzan, the bronzed white son of the jungle” came to radio in 1932, in what has generally come to be regarded as the earliest major syndicated series. This early version began with the initial novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes. It followed the tragic end of Tarzan’s British parents, Lord and Lady Greystoke. Stranded on a lonely African coast, mother and father were killed by apes; their infant son was taken alive to the den of the apes to be raised as one of them.
James Pierce, one of the early screen Tarzans, played the lord of the jungle in this 15 minute, three-a-week serial. Joan Burroughs, the creator’s daughter and Mrs. Pierce in private life, played Jane. With the conclusion of Tarzan of the Apes, new stories were dramatized for the air. In all, more than 350 chapters were produced, featuring such accomplished artists as Gale Gordon, John McIntire, and Jeanette Nolan in supporting roles. The serial was still running on some stations in 1935; by then Carlton KaDell had replaced Pierce in the title role.
Although the character was ideally suited for air drama, no other major attempt was made to bring Tarzan to radio until 1951. The new Tarzan was syndicated by Commodore Productions. Lamont Johnson played the ape man, opening with the famous war cry that kids still associate with the shadowy figure of the jungle vines. Unlike the earlier version, this was complete in each 30 minute installments. It was produced by Walter White Jr. And in 1952 was bought by CBS under sponsorship by General Foods. It ran one year on the network as a Saturday night show, and enjoyed a healthy rating, especially since it came at the so-called end of radio’s golden age.
This later series is what I listened to every Saturday night. You may catch Tarzan bellowing his ape call once again if you tune in to AM 1370 KDTH’s Big
Broadcast on Sunday nights from 6 to midnight.
Speakers at graduation ceremonies often proclaim exuberantly to the graduating students that they can do anything they can dream. Not true! I have what's called a “lazy eye” that doesn't see well, even with a corrective lens. With only one good eye (with the help of a corrective lens) I could never have been a fighter pilot, no matter how much I dreamed of being one, no matter how hard I would have pursued it.
We can't do everything we want to do. We can't take advantage of every opportunity. We can't do, and shouldn't do, everything others want us to do, no matter how much we want to be a people pleaser.
Life is filled with limitations. We deal with practical limitations every day. We limit ourselves to driving on the road, though it curves and zig zags, instead of going off road and taking a straight line through ditches, woods, swamps, and fields. Airplanes seem free to wander around in the wide open space of the sky, but each is limited to an assigned flight path. Trains are only free to go great distances as long as they are limited to traveling on railroad tracks. If a train is freed from staying on the track we call it a derailment, and the train will go no place and cause great harm and destruction.
Each of us has a calling from God that's defined as much by what we shouldn't do as it is by what we should do. Sometimes saying “no” to something good is the way to say “yes” to something better. Living a great life means coming to peace with the fact that we must live with limitations.
“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6
Are you a dawdler? No, I don’t mean, a procrastinator. Are you a person that will waste your time or idle it away aimlessly over something that needs to be done but you just move like a turtle at the task? I asked several friends this question. One person said she dawdled at the grocery store. She would walk slowly throughout the entire store, just peering at many items. Sometimes she would pick up an item, read the label, and then return it to the shelf. She had no intention of buying some useless product. Of course, she did purchase things she had on her list, but she was a dawdler, big time!
Another friend said she dawdled while doing her dusting. As we all know, you can dust every day and never be dust free. But this friend said she made a game out of dusting. She would dust the air ducts, and then the ceilings and door frames. She would talk to her plants while dusting their leaves. Of course, book shelves required reading just a few pages of a favorite book before completing this task. I think she deserves an “A” in dawdling.
While researching this column, I read an interesting Editor’s Letter in the Better Homes & Garden magazine of November 2017. It was written by Stephen Orr, Editor in Chief. He wrote about folding laundry. In a way he mentioned that folding laundry was somewhat of an avenue of procrastination for him. But I read between the lines. He bore the chore of folding tiresome items by sitting on the floor and watching TV. He is a dawdler. Of course, his written comments about what he was watching would take up too much space in this article. I kinda go alone with him about folding clothes while watching TV.
Actually, I am a dawdler too. I dawdle while doing dishes and cleaning the bathroom. I do these things during the commercials. I do not procrastinate because these things have to be kept up and there is no one to do them but me. These are not my favorite chores to do but they can be fun when you try and beat the commercials ending and your show returning. I think these actions are on the edge of habitual work avoidance. Could that be procrastination? You tell me.
I saw the trailer to Molly’s Game many times and thought it looked good. After renting I discovered that it passed the good column and went straight into the super column.
It is the true story of Molly Bloom (played by Jessica Chastain), a world class skier until an accident ended her Olympic hopes. We next see her after she moves to Los Angeles and makes ends meet by working as a cocktail waitress and a personal assistant in an office run by what can be best described as a very unpleasant person. He does, however, operate a very high-stakes poker game and invites Molly to help run it for tips. This becomes Molly’s introduction into the lucrative world of private poker games.
Everything is running smoothly for Molly until circumstances force her to relocate to New York and she sets up a weekly game. Gone are the rich Hollywood types, so anyone with tons of money can get into the game. Unfortunately that includes mob people, which stirs the interest of the FBI. Molly’s world is about to collapse into a tangled legal mess.
The film is rated R because there is profanity in the early scenes but it quiets down quickly. The runtime is over 2 hours, which might be too long for some movies but not too much for Molly’s Game. I was glued to the screen the whole time.
This film is available at most Redbox locations.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
— Helen Keller
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
—Robert Louis Stevenson