IJBFC Chat - September 10, 2017

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[4:58 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hi Brad, Tom!
[4:58 PM] Brad Strickland: Hi, Laura!
[4:58 PM] Tom Vorce: Hi Laura!
[4:58 PM] Brad Strickland: Hello, Tom!
[4:58 PM] Laura Leibowitz: How's the weather down your way?
[4:58 PM] Tom Vorce: Hey there, Brad!
[4:59 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hi Hookie!
[4:59 PM] Brad Strickland: Here in North GA it started out very clear and very windy. I had to take in all the patio furniture and go retrieve our bird feeder--it had blown about fifty feet. Now the temp's dropped to about sixty, it's overcast, and a dead calm prevails. Tomorrow we get slammed. My University's already called off classes for Monday and Tuesday.
[4:59 PM] R.Hookie: Good evening, folks!
[5:00 PM] Brad Strickland: Hi, Hookie!
[5:00 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - Wow...stay safe!
[5:00 PM] Tom Vorce: Hello, Hookie!
[5:00 PM] Brad Strickland: We're now on the western side, so we won't get the brunt of it.
[5:00 PM] R.Hookie: My cousin in Melbourne, FL claims to be safe
[5:01 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Oh that's good...I was thinking that you were closer to the coast.
[5:01 PM] Brad Strickland: Actually, it's now on our western side. No, we're 300 miles from the Atlantic.
[5:01 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I know a couple members posted on the Facebook page that they were looking to ride out the storm.
[5:01 PM] Brad Strickland: We were in San Jose last week. Got sneezed on by a humpack whale, visited the Winchester Mystery House.
[5:01 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I need to get there one of these days.
[5:02 PM] Brad Strickland: Our son and daughter were in Orlando for their wedding anniversary--Universal and Disney. They cut it short by one day and barely managed to catch a plane out of Orlando yesterday morning early.
[5:02 PM] Brad Strickland: I think I'm going to write a YA mystery set in an analogue of the Winchester house.
[5:02 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I heard that the airline ticket prices were going crazy.
[5:03 PM] Brad Strickland: Oh, today's our daughter's fifth wedding anniversary!
[5:03 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - I could see that being very good.
[5:03 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Mazel tov!
[5:03 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So Tom, Hookie...how are you doing tonight?
[5:03 PM] Brad Strickland: Our daughter in law works for Delta. They mostly fly free, but standby, but they bought tickets to get back to Atlanta.
[5:03 PM] R.Hookie: I fine...
[5:03 PM] Tom Vorce: I'm doing well, thank you.
[5:03 PM] Brad Strickland: As Fremount, the boy bug, said in "Pogo," "Jes' fine," eh, Hookie?
[5:04 PM] R.Hookie: I've seen pictures of ridiculously priced bottled water... I hope its not true
[5:04 PM] Laura Leibowitz: A Buddhist monk friend in Bhutan IMed me and asked if I was in Texas.
[5:04 PM] Brad Strickland: Yesterday Barbara and I passed a gas station advertising gas for $9.99 a gallon.
[5:05 PM] R.Hookie: Taking advantage of people in need
[5:05 PM] Tom Vorce: I do have a thunderstorm near by right now, so if my power goes off, that's why I've disappeared. LOL
[5:05 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hey Perri!
[5:05 PM] Perri: *sliding in a bit late*  Hi Laura, everyone!
[5:05 PM] R.Hookie: Hi Perri
[5:05 PM] Brad Strickland: I THINK the station was out of gas--the ones nearby advertised $2.75 a gallon, more in line with local prices. Hi, Perri!
[5:05 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Well, in light of that (pun intended), I think you were the one who requested that we do the show with Jack trading in his Maxwell.
[5:05 PM] Tom Vorce: Hello, Perri!
[5:06 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So shall we get to the show?
[5:06 PM] Brad Strickland: You know, at $2.75 a gallon . . . Jack would have Rochester putting gas in with an eyedropper.
[5:06 PM] R.Hookie: I'm also trying to lose 20 lbs before my next physical.
[5:06 PM] Laura Leibowitz: And it's closer to $3.40/gallon here.
[5:07 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hookie - Good for you!  Good luck!
[5:07 PM] R.Hookie: It's in 2 weeks
[5:07 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hookie - Well, you may not want to lose it quite that fast...
[5:07 PM] Brad Strickland: To lose twenty pounds in two weeks, I'd have to cut off a leg.
[5:07 PM] Laura Leibowitz: OK...let's get rolling on the show.
[5:08 PM] R.Hookie: Maybe I'll just were lighter clothes
[5:08 PM] Laura Leibowitz: https://www.watch2gether.com/rooms/ijbfc-mbrm7osc3l5p85x3t9
[5:08 PM] Laura Leibowitz: For anyone joining the chat room during the show, please click the above link to join us!
[5:37 PM] R.Hookie: Well,that was fun
[5:37 PM] Brad Strickland: Back! I made it in one piece!
[5:37 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So thoughts on the show?
[5:37 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Thanks to Tom for suggesting it!
[5:38 PM] Tom Vorce: That was very good!
[5:38 PM] Brad Strickland: Sort of a surprise hearing Jim Backus as the car salesman.
[5:38 PM] Perri: Yes, young Jim!
[5:38 PM] Tom Vorce: My pleasure, Laura!
[5:38 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I had forgotten that Mr. Magoo was the car salesman...
[5:38 PM] Brad Strickland: I could hear just a trace of the nascent Thurston Howell III in his characterization here.
[5:38 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Knew it was someone well-known.
[5:39 PM] Brad Strickland: And of course Joseph Kearns. I hear him in a LOT of shows on XM radio.
[5:39 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Too bad he didn't throw in a "By George" or something.
[5:39 PM] Laura Leibowitz: The inevitable Joe Kearns.
[5:39 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I wonder what Backus' earliest work was.
[5:39 PM] Brad Strickland: I remember his Mr. Magoo light-bulb commercials: "Eh! It's easy to see . . . the best bulbs are GE! By George!"
[5:40 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I looked up when Mel first did the Maxwell...that was a couple years before this.
[5:41 PM] Laura Leibowitz: What I wouldn't give to be able to find a video of him doing those sound effects.
[5:41 PM] Brad Strickland: Well, in 1940 he played Dexter Hayes on "Society Girl," CBS radio. That's the first reference I could find to Backus' acting.
[5:41 PM] Brad Strickland: Laura, not on Youtube? I know I've seen him do the Maxwell either on Jack's show or the "Tonight" show."
[5:41 PM] Tom Vorce: Did Mel Blanc do his Maxwell sound effects live, or did they have him pre-recorded to use whenever they needed him?
[5:41 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Cool...so this is still reasonably early for him.
[5:41 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Tom - He did them live.  That's why he got applause at the end.
[5:42 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - You may be right.
[5:42 PM] Brad Strickland: I think he did them live--the audience reacts to his facial mugging as much as the sounds, and he DID look funny doing the Maxwell.
[5:42 PM] Tom Vorce: Wow, that's gotta be a hoot to see!
[5:42 PM] Brad Strickland: His facial expression when he does the English horse is really funny to see.
[5:42 PM] Laura Leibowitz: The story goes that the recording of the decrepit car didn't hit its cue, so Mel jumped in and did the sounds.
[5:43 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Ah, that is very cute.  Similar to him doing an electric organ.
[5:43 PM] Perri: I find myself reminded of Mel at the oddest times...
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[5:43 PM] Brad Strickland: I think Mel claimed it was in one of the Palm Springs shows in his autobiography. Of course, show-biz stories are always to be taken with a grain of sand.
[5:43 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Ha!
[5:43 PM] Laura Leibowitz: There you go.  This story is very smooth, so I wonder if it really happened that way.
[5:44 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Any requests for next month?
[5:44 PM] Brad Strickland: Salt, I mean. Salt, not sand. Sorry, Hurricane Irma just blew part of Key West in my face....
[5:44 PM] Laura Leibowitz: As long as it wasn't a Key Lime Pie.
[5:45 PM] Brad Strickland: My wife loves Key Lime pies...on a stick.
[5:45 PM] Laura Leibowitz: That must be messy
[5:45 PM] R.Hookie: Pie on a stick?
[5:45 PM] Brad Strickland: Naw, they're frozen. And dipped in chocolate.
[5:45 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Any other thoughts on the show?
[5:45 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Or other things Benny-wise on your mind?
[5:46 PM] Brad Strickland: Well, as I mentioned in the comments, the "brick joke" was evident a couple of times. Benny was a master at that.
[5:46 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Remind me...a "brick joke"?
[5:47 PM] Laura Leibowitz: A joke Ignatz Mouse throws at you?
[5:47 PM] Brad Strickland: OK, a character throws a brick in the first act, misses his target. Then toward the end of the third act, the brick flies in from the wings and hits the thrower in the back of the head.
[5:47 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Ah gotcha
[5:47 PM] Tom Vorce: LOL
[5:47 PM] Perri: :-) I like those long payoffs, never heard that term
[5:48 PM] Brad Strickland: It's a delayed-action joke; Max Factor warns they'll reclaim Jack's hair in Act I...in the coda they drive past Max Factor's, and somebody snatches his rug from his head.
[5:48 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I've heard of the "repeat" which recalls the punch line of an earlier joke, and was used on Jack's show a lot.
[5:48 PM] R.Hookie: Thanks for the lesson!
[5:48 PM] Brad Strickland: Jack loved those delayed-payoff jokes. Sometimes one would stretch over two or more shows.
[5:48 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Right, gotcha.  Yes, thanks for that education!
[5:49 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Boy did that grass reek.
[5:49 PM] Brad Strickland: Hey, for idle fun, check out tvtropes.com and search for "brick joke." Also look at their entry for "Jack Benny." They warmly remember many of his characteristic humor tropes!
[5:49 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hey, maybe I should look into doing that one in the next chat.
[5:49 PM] Brad Strickland: Yeah, that would be fun!
[5:49 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Or chiss sweeze
[5:50 PM] Brad Strickland: LL, how many of those spoonerisms were scripted? They all SOUND spontaneous, but... you know....
[5:50 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - Thanks for that tip!
[5:50 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - Well, those two were not.
[5:50 PM] Laura Leibowitz: But in writing the 39 Forever series, I was surprised to see how many "slips" were actually scripted.
[5:51 PM] R.Hookie: Scripted bloopers...
[5:51 PM] Brad Strickland: Warning, though--tvtropes can be a real time sink! I find myself wandering around from topic to topic on the site. Once I even came across my own name, in conjunction with the John Bellairs books. They said some nice things about me, though.
[5:51 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I'm surprised that they gave Mary that complicated line in this one...must have driven her nuts!
[5:52 PM] Brad Strickland: Ellery Queen once wrote a short story, "My Queer Dean!" in which the solution to a murder depended on a clue that was a spoonerism.
[5:52 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So few people know what a spoonerism is any more.
[5:52 PM] Brad Strickland: Jimmy Durante's writers often gave him complex speeches with multisyllabic words just for the fun of his mangling it on the air.
[5:53 PM] Perri: brb
[5:53 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I remember Carson did one, and was trying to remember what it was called.  He asked Ed McMahon what it was called, and McMahon said, "Making a mistake."
[5:53 PM] Brad Strickland: Ah, the Reverend Spooner, who once told a puzzled congregation, "Our next hymn is 'Kinkering Kongs Their Titles Take.'"
[5:54 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So any other Benny-related questions or topics for discussion this evening?
[5:54 PM] Brad Strickland: "Mardon me, Padam, this pie is occupewed. Let me sew you to another sheet."
[5:54 PM] Laura Leibowitz: That sounds almost like...oh heck...the doubletalk guy on Jack's show in the 30s
[5:54 PM] Brad Strickland: Does anyone know what the 1950 Nash Ambassador looked like?
[5:55 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I looked it up during the show...it's pretty long.
[5:55 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Cliff Nazarro
[5:55 PM] Tom Vorce: On an episode of "Happy Days", Ritchie bought a Nash like that.  Kinda reminded me of a bathtub!
[5:56 PM] Laura Leibowitz: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ec/3b/60/ec3b60e8f825dd5ff7abf74d5666f34a.jpg
[5:56 PM] Brad Strickland: And has practically no visible wheel wells. And the front seat did fold back, as did the back seat, making a double bed. It also came with an inflatable mattress for extra comfort. The pitch was that you could save on motels with one. Of course, you might miss having a bathrooom....
[5:56 PM] Tom Vorce: Yep, that's it, only Ritchie's was white!
[5:56 PM] Laura Leibowitz: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/74/c3/89/74c3892d3de71ff0f6a514522e1ca6bc.jpg
[5:57 PM] Brad Strickland: One of my elementary-school teachers had one. She drove it for over twenty years!
[5:57 PM] Laura Leibowitz: That's why God invented fence posts...at least for guys...
[5:57 PM] Perri: Ooooooo, nice!
[5:57 PM] Brad Strickland: Of course, after she had driven it for the first two, no one knew where the heck she was.
[5:58 PM] Brad Strickland: We didn't have cars like that when I was a teenager. When I was a teenager, we had to use a van and sleeping bags!
[5:58 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I guess maybe this qualifies as the first shag van...
[5:58 PM] Brad Strickland: And we didn't have .mp3s, either. We had to go to rock concerts and smoke dope!
[5:59 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Simpler times.
[5:59 PM] R.Hookie: I have 8 tracks
[5:59 PM] Brad Strickland: They have it easy today, I tell ya. And they won't stay off'n my lawn!
[5:59 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So do I.
[5:59 PM] Laura Leibowitz: And now a wire recorder!
[5:59 PM] R.Hookie: I was going to ask about that
[5:59 PM] Brad Strickland: I once owned a wire recorder, a relict from my uncle, who surplused it from the Army!
[5:59 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Seth and I were going to take a look at it later.  I haven't yet tested to see if it works.
[6:00 PM] Tom Vorce: My hobby of 45 RPM records keeps me outa trouble and off the streets!
[6:00 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Good job!  I have those too.
[6:00 PM] Brad Strickland: Mine worked--would replay the wire, which was mainly my uncle playing the guitar and singing country songs off-key, but no longer recorded.
[6:00 PM] Laura Leibowitz: My 8-track player is right here in the office...people walk in and exclaim "8 TRACK!" and start taking selfies with it.
[6:01 PM] Brad Strickland: I didn't know they took pictures. Technology is wonderful.
[6:01 PM] R.Hookie: I have two 8 track players... one is protable
[6:01 PM] R.Hookie: portable
[6:01 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hookie - LOL
[6:02 PM] Laura Leibowitz: OK...shall we call it good for this month?
[6:02 PM] Brad Strickland: Idea for a short story--someone finds an antique wire recorder in a shop, buys it, and listens to the wire that's on it...and discovers a Ghastly Secret about a major figure in WWII....
[6:02 PM] R.Hookie: My typing is less than optimal
[6:02 PM] Brad Strickland: I'm good, thanks.
[6:02 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - I could see that...
[6:02 PM] Brad Strickland: Oh, oh--go to the ARTC.org website and order a CD of my adaptation of Treasure Island! Just out!
[6:03 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Well, thanks for stopping folks...great to chat with you!
[6:03 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Congrats, Brad!
[6:03 PM] Brad Strickland: Good night!
[6:03 PM] Laura Leibowitz: See you in October.
[6:03 PM] R.Hookie: Good night, folks!
[6:03 PM] Tom Vorce: Good night folk.  Hope the weather is good to you wherever you live.
[6:03 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Amen
[6:04 PM] Perri: Good night and thank you!
[7:09 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: so did the last folks just leave? My bad luck, was out seeing an AMAZING documentary about silent films found in the Yukon!
[7:10 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: ah ha, looks like everyone left an hour ago. Oh well, determined to catch everyone next month!!