Friday, April 1, 2011

Hank Gutstop's Biography and The Last Day of School!

.It's Friday, people. The weekend is still just out of reach and you've already clocked plenty of hours for "the man"! Why not take a brief 30 minute respite into the world of Oldtime Radio and smile again with America's home-folks, Paul Rhymer's "Vic & Sade"? It'll take the edge off!

The first visit for today is from June 13, 1940. Vic is laboriously working at the library table trying to write a short and punchy biography of Hank Gutstop for the lodge. The head office in Chicago has requested write-ups of all the "Exhaulted Little Dipper's" and Vic is stumped.

Like I said last week, we're really hitting the meat of the show now, and nearly every line is sheer comedy like only Pual Rhymer could peck out. Also, Rhymer's penchant for interesting/funny-sounding names gets a work out. Hear about the exploits of Ralph Gunsport of Sleever, Montana, Wilbur Atwood of Tax Creek, Ohio, H.L. Fly of East Filtchman, Minnesota and Arlo Skeeley of Hook, Alabama here and only here!

We get to hear more exploits of Rush's favorite fictional character "3rd Lt. Stanley" as well. I'd like to read some those books. They sound AWESOME!

Enjoy!



Episode 2 for today is from the very next day, June 14, 1940 and another example of Rhymer's understanding of all common experience and all things Americana.

It's the last day of school for the year and Rush is feeling "Free as a horse" and "Free as your undershirt".

Character play of Vic and Sade as Rush is all-to-adult in his feeling emotional over the best day of the year after Christmas is gold and would make Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor proud.

Dig in!



For our visual look back today, the August 15, 1942 issue of "Movie-Radio Guide" takes a look at our favorite family. A little bit of a let-down though as one of the magazine's staff writers ply's his hand at writing a Vic and Sade short story.

There's only one Paul Rhymer though, and he may be the only writer who ever understood these folk






Talk to you soon.

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