IJBFC Chat - December 10, 2017

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[4:57 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: well, I wouldn't want to be a member of any club that would have me, and being the first one on line feels like that, hahaha  Hi folks

[4:58 PM] Brad Strickland: Hi, Kathy~

[4:58 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: Hey Brad, happy December!

[4:59 PM] Brad Strickland: And to you, too. We have snow on the ground....

[4:59 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: our 1/4 inch caused a panic, hope you are digging out

[4:59 PM] Brad Strickland: We got about 3 inches. Up in Oakwood, where we lived until 2014, they got six. The University closed down.

[5:00 PM] Theodore Michael Konek: Hi Everybody!

[5:00 PM] Brad Strickland: Hi! How are you, TMK?

[5:00 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: whoa, you would think it was December, Brad!

[5:01 PM] Brad Strickland: You probably remember--in Georgia we get snow in late February through early April~

[5:01 PM] Brad Strickland: I keep hitting the tilde instead of the exclamation point!

[5:01 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: but usually not in downtown Atlanta (panic!) and almost never in Austin (triple panic, haha)

[5:02 PM] Perri: good evening, y'all!

[5:03 PM] Theodore Michael Konek: We had 5 inches of snow in Allentown, PA

[5:03 PM] R.Hookie: Hi folks!

[5:03 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hi folks!

[5:03 PM] R.Hookie: Hi Laura

[5:03 PM] Brad Strickland: Our problem was that I came down with my end-of-term ailment--sinus infection--and just as it was getting bad, Barbara had to drive me to the Urgent Care center. I had a fever of 102.8, and they gave me an IV, Ibuprofen, and an antibiotic. The drive home was gnarly, but luckily only a mile and a half.

[5:03 PM] Brad Strickland: Hi, Perri, Hookie, Laura!

[5:04 PM] R.Hookie: Hi Brad

[5:04 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hey Hookie

[5:04 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Zowie...I thought you were retired, Brad!

[5:04 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Or is your health still on the school year?

[5:05 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: oh gosh Brad, I am sorry! I hope you got a zapping dose of drugs to make it stop

[5:05 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So other than Brad's fever, how's everyone doing tonight?

[5:05 PM] R.Hookie: Yeah, sounds like a rough time

[5:06 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: VERY glad that one of my busiest semesters ever is nearly over, hooray!

[5:06 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Why so busy?  And how is the Benny book selling?

[5:06 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: Laura, you sound busier than a one armed paper hanger, yourself!

[5:06 PM] Brad Strickland: I'm retired but they talked me into part-timing this semester. I'm definitely hanging it up after this one, though!

[5:07 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: well, thanks to everyone for their interest in the book, its doing great!!!!

[5:07 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Yeah, it's been pretty busy between all my endeavors and a new job that is making me drive to South San Jose more often than anticipated.

[5:07 PM] Brad Strickland: YAY!

[5:07 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Fabulous!!!

[5:07 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - Mazel tov

[5:07 PM] R.Hookie: I got notification that it shipped today

[5:07 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: Oh, I was teaching a grad class on audience studies, and a junior-senior class on Gender in the 1960s. both were grading-intensive, but came out great!

[5:08 PM] Brad Strickland: Our daughter is currently having contractions, and not the ones with apostrophes. Baby is due on the fifteenth but may arrive early.

[5:08 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hookie - Thanks for supporting the IJBFC with your purchases!

[5:08 PM] R.Hookie: Of course!

[5:08 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - Yow!

[5:08 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: wow, Brad, is this your first grandbaby? Best wishes to your daughter

[5:08 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - I bet you're a great professor.

[5:09 PM] Brad Strickland: No, this will be our second, our first's little sister. Elora is with us tonight, just in case Mom and Dad have to go to the hospital. Elora told me solemnly a few minutes ago that her sister Stella will have "chubby cheeks" because "they did a magic picture of her."

[5:09 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: I like to make my teaching subjects fun to trick the students into learning something. They LOVE Jack Benny when I bring the subject in!!!

[5:10 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: oh that is wonderful, Brad, a magic picture!!!! I will remember that

[5:10 PM] Brad Strickland: I've been listening to a lot of the shows on XM radio. They tend to favor the fifties, but I've heard one or two as far back as the thirties.

[5:10 PM] Brad Strickland: Kathy--that's toddler for "ultrasound."

[5:10 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: so, Laura, do I need to ask your/the estate

[5:10 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - What, to play Jack Benny in your classes?

[5:11 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: the estate's permission if I start a "hey perform this rare Benny script on podcast and win a prize" offer?

[5:11 PM] Brad Strickland: Oh, a re-creation!

[5:11 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I hereby give you permission to do that.  You're not making money off of it, and you're spreading the good news about Jack.  :)

[5:11 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Feel free to print this page for your records.

[5:12 PM] Laura Leibowitz: OK...shall we get to the show?

[5:12 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: The Sixties class LOVED Jack as "Gracie Benny" as a way of showing that representations of gender/sexuality and playfulness were OK but got much stricter by 1960. I also play them the "Betty Girl Engineer" episode of Father Knows Best, to show that girls could ONLY be domestic. I was lucky to have very smart and engaged students this term

[5:12 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: yay! what are we going to watch/listen to?

[5:13 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Harris/Faye show, 12/19/48 by request.  Jack plays Santa.

[5:13 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: yay!!!

[5:13 PM] Brad Strickland: BTW, the week before Thanksgiving, I got to dance with Cate Blanchett and met Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan. Had coffee with the latter.

[5:13 PM] Laura Leibowitz: OK, let's do it!

[5:13 PM] Laura Leibowitz: https://www.watch2gether.com/rooms/ijbfc-mbrm7osc3l5p85x3t9  Here's the link to the Watch2gether page

[5:13 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: oooh, Brad, and we know you...... that must have been so amazing!

[5:14 PM] Laura Leibowitz: For anyone joining the chat room after this, please join us at the above link to hear the program already in progress!

[5:14 PM] Brad Strickland: It was on the set of "The House with a Clock in Its Walls," a movie being made in Atlanta based on a John Bellairs novel (after Bellairs died, I continued the series, and was invited as a kind of involved observer. They interviewed me for a DVD extra).

[5:44 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: what a great  choice, Laura, thanks for the program!!!

[5:44 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So...thoughts on the show?

[5:44 PM] Brad Strickland: ....and here we are again. Wonderful show!

[5:44 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hey, I have to credit whomever requested it last time.

[5:44 PM] Perri: Fun!  I've never heard it, and as always learned a lot from you guys!

[5:45 PM] Brad Strickland: When did Christmas Seals stop being a thing?

[5:45 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: sad to say, the little girl voices grate on me, but Phil and Alice make up for it!!!

[5:45 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Great question...I have no idea.

[5:45 PM] R.Hookie: Aren't they still a thng?

[5:45 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I think of Easter Seals more than Christmas Seals.  But maybe they're still active in certain areas.

[5:46 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: they need an email and text version, stick those seals on our electronic messages

[5:46 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Ork ork ork ork

[5:46 PM] Laura Leibowitz: The little girl voices are pretty typical of the time, though.  And they enunciate their lines well without sounding fake.

[5:46 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: well, I had not heard one of these shows before, and Alice Faye's voice entrances me

[5:47 PM] Brad Strickland: Haven't seen any in years. Wikipedia indicates they're still around, especially in Canada. And the Nazi Party issued them in Europe....

[5:47 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: Alice is a huge benefit to this show

[5:47 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Seriously?

[5:47 PM] Laura Leibowitz: That was to Brad's comment about Europe

[5:47 PM] Brad Strickland: Laura--Yep. Sad.

[5:47 PM] R.Hookie: Well

[5:47 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: omg seals, sad

[5:47 PM] Brad Strickland: But that ended in 1945.

[5:47 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I guess they preferred them to Chanukkah Seals

[5:47 PM] Laura Leibowitz: And Passover Seals

[5:48 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: but Alice, yay!!! What a great way to give a finger (pardon me) to Fox movie studio, to have a successful career after your movie studio dumps you

[5:48 PM] R.Hookie: Is that one of the 8 correct spellings?

[5:48 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I'm kind of surprised that the band on the show isn't more impressive.  I guess they're not there to stand out.

[5:48 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Well said!

[5:48 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hookie - Well, Seth and I both spell it that way.  So I know it's got two votes at least.

[5:49 PM] Brad Strickland: There's a joke in the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (which uses the script of the Rankin-Bass TV special) about two animal-type seals being Christmas Seals. Nobody gets it these days. We saw the show back in November, and I was the only one in the theatre who laughed.

[5:49 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: really, all the 1930s actresses had terrible times after world war 2, and most of them were NOT willing to go to radio or television. Bravo to Alice!

[5:49 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - I've often been the only one in the theatre laughing at a gag.

[5:50 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Per Phil, he said that Alice didn't want to go into television, which is why they never transitioned their shows and he started taking on a lighter load.

[5:50 PM] Brad Strickland: Eddie Carroll complained that after I'd seen his show four times I started to laugh five seconds before the punch line.....

[5:50 PM] Laura Leibowitz: At least, that's what I recall he told me.

[5:50 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: yeah, as Jack found out 1948-1952, television was a HUGE hassle that meant going to New York

[5:50 PM] Laura Leibowitz: You know, speaking of Eddie, Seth and I saw Herb Alpert last Tuesday.  So I had to show him Eddie's bit with Alpert afterwards.

[5:51 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - At least until the transcontinental coax was installed.

[5:51 PM] Brad Strickland: Aw! Hope he enjoyed that! "The Lonely Bull," right?

[5:51 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: Phil was one of the first actors to make it BIG in voice acting (in Disney movies)

[5:51 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Brad - Starts with The Lonely Bull, but is a medley of many Alpert hits.

[5:51 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Look for the Bare Necessities...

[5:51 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Dennis didn't do badly with that either, as Johnny Appleseed.

[5:52 PM] Brad Strickland: "Yes, the Lord's been good to me."

[5:52 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: so envious of you getting to see/hear Herb Alpert, hope he's still going strong'

[5:52 PM] Laura Leibowitz: He's doing great.  And I didn't realize his wife was one of the Brazil 66 vocalists.

[5:52 PM] Laura Leibowitz: He's lost maybe 10% of his lip, but the core of the sound is still very much there.  Just don't ask for powerful high notes.

[5:53 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Look on my timeline and you'll see a short bootleg of him.

[5:53 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So other requests for next month?

[5:53 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: so, Joseph McBride has a huge new book out about Lubitsch, which looks like it will have a chapter on To Be or Not to Be, will report as soon as I get the book

[5:53 PM] R.Hookie: Doc can't hit those high notes anymore, either

[5:53 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Cue the "New Tenant" vs. "I Hate New Tenant" arguement.

[5:54 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Hookie - Not surprising.

[5:54 PM] Brad Strickland: Well I have a photo of me dancing with Cate Blanchett. And Kyle MacLachlan and I had coffee together. No ie, though.

[5:54 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Cool!  would love to know about that.

[5:54 PM] Brad Strickland: 'No pie, either.

[5:54 PM] Laura Leibowitz: I have a lot of respect for Cate Blanchett as an actress.

[5:54 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: wish me luck on the book awards circuit, and consider inviting me to a book talk if you are in a city I can get to!!!

[5:55 PM] Brad Strickland: Luck! You comin' to Atlanta, gal?

[5:55 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Indeed!  Here's to it!

[5:55 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: I showed Cate Blanchett in "Revolutionary Road" to my Sixties students, as a first film -- they loved it!!!

[5:56 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: oooh Brad, let's see what we can put together, can I shake up the folks at Agnes Scott to do something for an alum.....

[5:56 PM] Laura Leibowitz: So any thoughts for next month, or is it at my discretion?

[5:56 PM] Brad Strickland: I told her I loved "The Missing," and she lit up. She loved making the movie and was disappointed it wasn't a bigger performer at the box office.

[5:56 PM] Brad Strickland: I say we trust the boss. Leave it to Laura!

[5:56 PM] Laura Leibowitz: :D

[5:56 PM] Perri: Yes - love the surprises you bring us!

[5:56 PM] Brad Strickland: That would make a great radio show title.

[5:56 PM] Laura Leibowitz: OK, you got it!

[5:56 PM] Brad Strickland: Thanks!

[5:56 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: yay!!! you find such amazing things, Laura

[5:57 PM] R.Hookie: Ditto

[5:57 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Funny...I was telling Seth today about seeing Jerry Mathers at Canter's and casually thinking, "Oh look...it's the Beav!"

[5:57 PM] Brad Strickland: I'm gonna go. Not awfully sick any longer, but I'm on antihistamines and they make me dopey and sleepy. And at least two other of the Seven Dwarfs, I think.

[5:57 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Cool.  What other Benny-related items on your mind tonight?

[5:57 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: many grad and undergrad students are all about podcasts, radio will have a resurgence, yet!

[5:57 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Hallelujah!

[5:57 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Turn them on to Buck Benny

[5:58 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: Laura, I wanted to second and third your idea about building a research website!

[5:58 PM] Brad Strickland: I'll leave y'all to your discussions. Kathy--push my son Jonathan's podcasts at howstuffworks.com. He's incredibly popular. Check out "Why Do People in Old Movies Talk Funny?" People love that one.

[5:58 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: I need to start populating the website I created for the book, but your idea is fantastic!!!

[5:58 PM] Brad Strickland: Good night!

[5:58 PM] Perri: and get that Leave It To Laura podcast going...

[5:58 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Thank you!  I just have to determine if I want to build it, or try and have someone more recent with programming do it.

[5:59 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Perri - Ha!

[5:59 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: we can talk further about this, and I look forward to that and many other conversations...

[5:59 PM] Laura Leibowitz: Kathy - Amen and amen.

[5:59 PM] Laura Leibowitz: OK, sounds like we're good for this month.  Thanks everyone for stopping, and have a wonderful holiday!

[5:59 PM] Kathy Fuller Seeley: will check out, and will be in touch soon, Laura! goodnight

[6:00 PM] R.Hookie: Same to you! Good night, folks!

[6:00 PM] Perri: Good night and best wishes to all!