Thursday, June 8, 2017

Latest book by Mel Simons


This is my friend Mel Simons' latest book--the fifth in his Old-Time Radio Trivia series. (That is, of course, comedian Eddie Cantor on the book's cover.)

Here is a page, at the BearManor Media website, featuring the sixteen books by Mel that the publisher has brought out.

Here, too, is Mel's web address:

Friday, May 12, 2017

"Your Hit Parade," Peabody Award video

The following link is for a video, from 1953 (actually, to be more precise, it is from a television broadcast, and so would therefore be a video made from a kinescope), of Dorothy Collins, one of the stars of Your Hit Parade.  In the video, she is accepting the Peabody Award that the Hit Parade was given, for the year 1952, in the entertainment category (along with NBC's Mister Peepers, which starred Wally Cox).

Monday, May 8, 2017


This was a publicity photo, from my mother's time on television in New York; it was taken at some point between 1949 and 1952.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Lucky Strike Papers

A new edition of my book about early television will be coming out in the near future. The book will largely remain the same, yet will include some modest revisions, some additions, some elucidations (yeah, that sounds a little pretentious, but what the heck), and some corrections.

Updates about the revised edition will be posted in this space.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dorothy Mengering

Dorothy Mengering, David Letterman's mother--who was an enjoyable and memorable presence, over time, on her son's TV programs--died on Tuesday, at age 95.

New book about David Letterman

A good review, below, of what sounds like a good book:  Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, by Jason Zinoman:

Here is the book's amazon page:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Upcoming book co-written by Martin Grams, Jr.

I was on amazon a few days ago, simply browsing--and looked up books by Martin Grams, Jr., who has been referred to a number of times in this space. (He has written many books, over time, about classic radio and television shows.)

I learned about a title he has coming out in November, written with Carl Amari: The Top 100 Radio Shows of All Time (Portable Press).  Am looking forward to reading it.