Saturday, February 13, 2016


It appears evident to me that God did not design the human mind so that it prospers with constant external stimulation. Just as does the body, so the mind and the soul need rest and reflection. We are injuring ourselves these days by our lack of quietness.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Frank Jenks - old movie regular

If you have watched old movies for any length of time, then Jenks' face is familiar to you. He appeared in a long list of movies, usually as a wise-cracking sidekick.

I love it when the bad guy stabs himself

"Slippery man sometimes slip in own oil."

(from Charlie Chan in Rio)


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Putting Charlie in his place

"Why, the only laugh you ever got was a sneer from a disgruntled termite."

(W. C. Fields, from one of his epic verbal battles with Charlie McCarthy)

Fred Flinstone, Lawyer ?

Like many actors with distinctive voices, Alan Reed was a busy actor on radio. One of his roles wat that of Mr. Clyde the long-suffering boss of Irma on the My Friend Irma radio show. Reed's most famous role, of course, was that of the voice of Fred Flintstone on the cartoon show.


The resting place of famous authors

"I'm going to be famous! I wouldn't be a bit surprised if I'm buried in Westminster Lobby."

(from My Friend Irma radio show)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Music should not be boring

Composers ought to remember that fact. If what you write is not interesting, then why write it?

Beating up on the sergeant

In an episode fo the Nick Carter radio show, the head of the local Reform League comes into the office where the police sergeant and Nick are talking, and begins to berate the sarge for not having put a stop to a racket involving organized panhandling. The fallacy in the scenario is that no one would come to a sergeant on such a matter, because he is at too low a level to be able to do anything about it. The writers goofed on that one.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A quick name change

On the 8 May 1950 episode of Night Beat radio show, the star is called Lucky Stone, but then one week later he is called Randy Stone. Quick work by the legal department.

The man with four given names

When I worked at the toy plant in Booneville, Arkansas, our staff artist was a gentleman named Frank Fusco. One time in a conversation he told me that his full name was Francis Charles Joseph John Fusco. He is the only person I have known personally with four given names.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Night - observations from Randy Stone

Of Night Beat radio fame. "The same shadows that were a big help to Cupid can be a cover for crime."

Respect for authority

One of the hardest tasks God's people have is showing respect to people in positions of authority, both in government and in private situations. The reason for this is that a large percentage of such people got where they are, not because of virtues, but because of their complete lack of scruples. Notwithstanding that fact, the command of Scripture is still there.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Restrictive clothing

I would not want to be a cowboy for a number of reasons. Hard work, long hours, more than the usual amount of physical danger. But one of the things I least would like is the gear they commonly wear, or at least wore back in the old days. Especially the chaps. They are great if you are riding through brush, but apart from that they look like they would really get in the way.