Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Maverick on Information Please

On the 25 July 1939 episode of the Information Please radio show, the guest panelist was Maury Maverick. He was the Mayor of San Antonio and a former Congressman from Texas. He was very entertaining as a panelist. One of the more interesting moments in the program was when a question was read from NY Mayor La Guardia about several obscure issues about which probably only a legislator would know.

Maverick was the grandson of Samuel Maverick, from whom we got the common cattle term. However, his grandson was quite a colorful and distinguished individual in his own right. He was known for not following the party line on matters and for coining the word gobbledygook.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A different sort of bird

Surprisingly in a woman who in the course of a long career had spread more nervous breakdowns among directors, leading men, supporting players and assistant stage managers than any other female star of her weight and age, Dame Flora's vocal delivery was soft and gentle. She had never been one of those empresses of stormy emotion so popular at one time on the silent screen who raged and bellowed; she got her effects more subtly. One of her playwrights, speaking from the nursing home where he was recovering from mental exhaustion, had once described her as the vulture who cooed like a dove.

(from The Girl in Blue, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Really creative title

          "This is a celebration. I've just bought The Girl in Blue."
          "Who's she?"
          "She is a miniature by Gainesborough. She is wearing a blue dress, so the late Gainesborough, hunting around for a title, called her The Girl in Blue."
          "Very clever of him. Think like lightning, these artists."


(from The Girl in Blue, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Exclusive specialties

Specialized design can tend to render items less usefel for other purposes. For example, much has been said about the functionality of cowboy boots for the cowboy's particular work, and it is indeed admirably suited for it. However, do not expect to run a race in boots with much success.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Not very encouraging

"In the dull, blank expanse of your face I can see the dismal promise of the years to come."
(Inspector Faraday to Sergeant Matthews in Trapped by Boston Blackie)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Eugene Ormandy - one of the most famous people I ever met

One of my school band directors took me to a concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Little Rock. Needless to say, that was a huge treat for me. After the concert, Eugene Ormandy, the conductor, was kind enough to greet some of the audience and sign autographs. I would guess that he was one of the half-dozen most famous individuals I ever met. His connection with the Philadelphia group, it was widely known as one of the top orchestras in the world.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Unusual even for Rocky's Cairo

In the radio show Rocky Jordan, Cairo is billed as a very cosmopolitan city, "crowded with forgotten men, alive with the babble of many languages." However, in the episode entitled "Stranger to the Desert," Rocky encounters a man who is strange even in Cairo. He has been stabbed, and dies as he crashes through the front window of Rocky's café. An anthropologist who happens to be in the city identifies him as an Eskimo.