Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Photograph, 1951

Here's a 1951 photograph (not included in my book), of Snooky Lanson, and my mother, Sue Bennett, singing the song "Because of You," on NBC's Your Hit Parade.

Last episode, 1951-1952

An item in Philadelphia's TV Digest magazine, for the week of June 28, 1952: it noted that the last episode of NBC's Your Hit Parade, for the 1951-1952 TV season, would be originating, on June 28th, from the new luxury ocean liner, the S.S. United States. The ships's maiden voyage--from New York, to England--was five days away.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Kay Kyser, 1950

Seen here: Kay Kyser, star of the NBC television program Kay Kyser's College of Musical Knowledge, with daughters Kimberly and Carroll, on the cover of the June 17, 1950 issue of Philadelphia's TV Digest magazine.

Kyser had just been named "Television Father of the Year" by the "National Father's Day Committee."

A detailed portrait of Kay Kyser's 1949-1950 TV show, and a portrait of Kyser himself, make up a significant part of The Lucky Strike Papers.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Another view, the S.S. United States

Here is another view of the S.S. United States, photographed on the Philadelphia waterfront, Jan. 20, 2008.

Photo copyright Jenny Lynn.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I'm delighted by a review on, posted 1/15/08, which gives The Lucky Strike Papers five stars.

Says the review: "The Lucky Strike Papers is a must read for anyone wanting...insights [into] early American television."

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Talk San Antonio, with Ron Aaron

Today I was interviewed about "The Lucky Strike Papers" by San Antonio radio talk show host Ron Aaron, for his weekly half-hour program "Talk San Antonio." The show will air at various times this weekend on San Antonio's six Clear Channel stations--such as KQXT-FM (also known as Q101.9). The show airs Sunday on KQXT from 7:30-8:00 a.m. (Central Time).

Ron, an old friend, is a sensational radio host; he was previously the host of daily talk shows on stations in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. His primary work, today, is as Executive Director of San Antonio's Animal Defense League; he joined the group in August of 2007. The group's web site is:

Ron was previously the head of San Antonio's Rape Crisis Center, and the San Antonio chapter of Jewish Family & Children’s Service.