Posted Byjerry4opry on January 01, 2004 at 00:12:42:
In Reply to: An Odd Question (Observation) posted byScott D. Vroegindewey on December 30, 2003 at 20:40:13:
: I just listened to a Jack Benny broadcast from April 2, 1950 tonight. The guest star was Al Jolson. I did a little research, and found out Jolson died later that year. Indeed, many of those who appreared on "The Jack Benny Program" have passed away. This is hard to explain. Does it seem rather surreal to anybody else that Jack Benny and others carry on a dialogue (thanks to the miracle of recordings), yet they are deceased? Recordings make them seem alive, even though they aren't. They do and discuss stuff we take for granted, such as answering the door or telephone, or talk about doing things together (and maybe they did), but those voices are silent, except by hearing them via recordings. Maybe I am an "old softie," but the shows just transcend time and space. No, I am not on drugs or anything like that. Maybe it is because we are on the dawn of a new year. I am sorry I can't fully express what I am trying to write. I do know this: Happy New Year!
i think the same way as you do! when i listen to Jack's show or any other OTR comedy, i'm caught up in the action and then i read an airdate like 5/14/42 and it blows my mind! that's 62 years ago!! it's very surreal. another legend can be heard the same way and even though Fred Allen did topical humor, being a history and nostalgia buff, i know what was 'news' during his radio shows and i laugh right along with the audience even though the material is dated on Allen's show!