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Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2019

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2019

Contents
Steve Darnall’s Nostalgia Digest: The Story So Far
“A Few Moments with . . . Ed Ames
Matthew C. Hoffman “The Merry Old Land of Oz”
Ted Mosser “The Mad Magicians of Michigan” (college football)
Greg Borzo “The Palaces of Chicago” (golden age of Chicago hotels)
CELEBio: Clark Gable
Jordan Elliott “Prime-Time Crime Time” (FBI on radio)
Michael Barrett “Smooth Criminal” (Vincent Price)
Wendy J. Sotos “The Most Famous Reindeer of All . . .”
Wayne Klatt “The Life of Bendix” (William Bendix)
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2019
Editor: Steve Darnall
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2019

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2019

Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Gloria McMillan” (Lux Radio Theatre)
John Mohler “Peel Her a Grape!” (Mae West)
Garry Berman “Trouble in Paradise” (Mae West)
CELEBio: Burt Lancaster
Wayne Klatt “Crooners and Swooners”
Michael Barrett “Laughter . . . By the Book”
Walter Scannell “The Magnificent Agnes” (cover story)
Ted Mosser “Let’s Play Two!” (Cubs & White Sox)
Robert Grayson “Teddy to the Rescue!” (Teddy the Wonder Dog)
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Summer 2019
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2019

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2019

Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Betty Lynn” (uncredited)
Michael J. Hayde “Melodies and Madness” How Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis conquered radio.
James Dohren “The Cigarette Camps”
Necrology for 2018
Gordon Kissack and Jordan Elliott “The Voice of the 500” Remembering Sid Collins.
Annette Bochenek “Little Miss Sunshine” The story of Frances Langford, the Florida native who traveled the world with Bob Hope . . . and came home to life as a Bickerson.
Garry Berman “To Laugh . . . or not to Laugh” Remembering when radio listeners could hear all the nation’s best comedians—and none of their audiences.
Wayne Klatt “Remembering Riverview” Where Chicagoans would “laugh their troubles away.”
Stone Wallace “Heart and Soul” The incandescent life and career of John Garfield.
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Spring 2019
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2019

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2019

Contents
Steve Darnall: Those Were the Days Number 2,500!
“A Few Moments with . . . Stuart Canin” (uncredited)
Steve Darnall “Slings and Arrows” The story of Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and how an off-hand remark led to radio’s biggest feud.
Christopher Warner “The Long Rider” Remembering Hollywood’s first stunt hero star, Yakima Canutt.
Jim Dohren “The Big Chill” Remembering the annual rituals that kept a house warm in winter.
Leonard Maltin “From Silent Screen to Small Screen” How television provided a successful third act for some of Hollywood’s earliest stars.
Wayne Klatt “We’ll Always Have . . . Casablanca
Garry Berman “Television’s Own Private Idaho” The remarkable story of The Boys From Boise, and medium’s first musical comedy.
Michael P. Jensen “The Re-Invention of John Barrymore
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Winter 2019
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2018

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2018Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Joyce Randolph” (uncredited)
Walter Scannell “Marlene Dietrich, American” The movie star vs. Der Fuhrer.
Alex Udvary “Nuts!” The madcap comedy of Olsen and Johnson.
Bob Kolososki “Stars Over Illinois” In honor of the state’s bicentennial, a look at some of the many Illinois natives who went on to conquer Hollywood.
Jordan Elliott “It’s Not Easy Being Green” Stan Freberg’s Green Chri$tma$ album.
Jim Dohren “The Finest Actor Who Never Was” How a wartime accident changed Harold Russell’s life—and led to the movie role of a lifetime.
Dan McGuire “Here Come The Nelsons” (cover story)
Stone Wallace “Cast a Long Shadow” The strange magic of John Carradine.
Meg Guttman “Ads Infinitum” From sofas to cigarette boxes, from carpeting to . . . clowns?!? What the House Beautiful reader of the ‘50s was buying.
Mail Call

Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2018 back coverPlus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Autumn 2018
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2018

Nostalgia Digest Summer 2018Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Carl Reiner” (uncredited)
Dan McGuire “Look Who’s Coming!” Remembering those folks who were part of the neighborhood.
Phil Marsh “Band of Brothers” (cover story) The show that brought the Marx Brothers (well, two of them, anyway) to radio.
Steve Darnall “Radio Harpo”
Devin Dugan “The Memories of a Mousketeer” Sherry Albertoni recalls Walt Disney, Lou Costello, and a lifetime of “instant connection and friendship.”
Celebio: Cesar Romero (First issued in 1949 by Harry Brand of 20th Century-Fox)
Lucy Hall Kelly “Dime Store Darlings” Remembering Sweet Susie and Little Cindy, and the stores that sold them . . . and a whole lot more.
Wayne Klatt “Brave Children”
Fred Foy “Who was that Masked Man’s Announcer?” Excerpt from A Masked Man, An Indian and Me.
Walter Scannell “Warner Bros. Declares War!” How a movie studio took the front line against the Nazis . . . with the help of Emile Zola, Sgt. York and a Sea Hawk.
Meg Gurrman “Mid-Century Mavens” One writer’s visit to the 1950s . . . with a little help from House Beautiful.
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio TheatreNostalgia Digest Summer 2018 back coverEditor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Summer 2018
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2018

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2018 coverReady for spring? Here’s a sign it’s on the way, the Spring 2018 edition of Nostalgia Digest:

Contents
Steve Darnall: Hello, Out There in Radioland!
“A Few Moments with . . . Max Collins” (uncredited)
Stone Wallace “No Stress, No Strain” The effortless (and sometimes dangerous) charm of James Cagney. (cover story)
Necrology for 2017 (Sad, but at least many of these stars were in their 90s when they passed.)
David Weinstein “Things are Different Now” When America went to war, Eddie Cantor went to work.
Bob Kolososki “But They Really Want to Direct” Recalling actors who looked at movies from the other side of the camera.
Ted Mosser “The Fat Man” The life and career of Thomas Waller, the musician who was—literally—larger than life.
Christopher Lynch “Roadside Assistance” When Burma-Shave was the original King of the Road.
Wayne Klatt “The Days of Our Soaps”
Mail Call

Nostalgia Digest Spring 2018 backPlus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Spring 2018
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website

Hat tip to Robert Lopresti for his review of The Digest Enthusiast book seven on FB.

Nostalgia Digest Winter 2018

Contents
Hello, Out There in Radioland! by Steve Darnall
“A Few Moments with . . . Peggy King” (uncredited)
“The Human Touch” How Jack Benny became the first true radio comedian by Kathryn Fuller-Seeley (cover story)
“CELEBio: Paulette Goddard” issued by Paramount Pictures in 1948
“Hawaii Calling” by Christopher Lynch
“Lights . . . Camera . . . Terror!” Remembering when Hollywood visited . . . The Inner Sanctum by Michael Cole
“Come Fly With Me! Memories of taking to the air (in more ways than one) with Uncle Ned’s Squadron by Wayne Klatt
“It’s Good to be King” Remembering the 1933 movie that drove audiences ape by Matthew C. Hoffman
“The Smart Set” Would you believe . . . a television show that made a joke out of the spy genre? by Walter Scannell
“The Best Man” From battlefield to ball field to the night beat—Frank Lovejoy did it all by Mike Griffith
Mail Call

Plus, the Radio Program Guide for Those Were the Days and WGN Radio Theatre

Editor: Steve Darnall
Nostalgia Digest Winter 2018
5.5” x 8.5” 64 pages, b&w interior
$4.50 on newsstands
Four-issue subscription $17
Eight-issue subscription $30
Nostalgia Digest website