Unless you are a certain age, you probably never heard of Walter Winchell (1897-1972).
Winchell was a radio and newspaper guy who dealt with gossip stories primarily about people in the entertainment business and politics. He was immensely popular from the 1920s through the early 1960s. He had a fast talking style as he blurted out information in short or incomplete sentences while hitting a telegraph key to give an air of urgency.
His standard opening for his radio show was the sound of the telegraph key while he shouted “Good evening Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea! Let’s go to press!"
His columns were sometimes called dot, dot, dot, columns because of his use of dots between short story bursts. Larry King used the same format in later years and I will imitate it today:
Winchell and his telegraph key
I have been writing this blog since 2005 and have found that the most hits I get deal with a blog from 2008 about “kids growing up too fast.” Second most popular is a piece I did about the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Roger's while a story about Alfred Hitchcock and “Psycho” is third. . . Are older cars better than those made today? Not a chance but they have the memories we love to reminisce about. You’ll never hear kids today talk about going to the drive-in restaurant in a new BMW but we sure like to talk about going there in our ’57 Chevys all those years ago. . . Did you know that a brand new Chevy Corvette in 1953 cost $3,490? That was the one with the 6 cylinder engine and three single barrel carburetors . . . One of my favorite places to eat in Scottsdale is the Elephant Bar. They have a nice varied menu, good service, and have been in business for about ten years which is a rarity these days. Best BBQ? Try Bryan’s in Cave Creek. . . I hate cigarettes but if I smoked, I would probably buy my smokes on the Indian rez. You can save a lot on the tax bite there and if the store on McDowell east of the 101 is any indication, they are selling a lot of tobacco. That guy has a drive-up window that is always busy! . . . What’s the big deal with 3D movies at the theaters? The old Kachina Theater in Scottsdale showed them 60 years ago. They were a fad then and will be now. Hollywood is hurting; not getting near the business they used to get when they made good films instead of the garbage and remakes so prevalent now. . . How times do change! I moved to Scottsdale in 1987 from the Kansas and Missouri area where Walmart Stores were everywhere. I asked someone at the time about Walmarts in Phoenix and they gave me a look as if to say, “Who?” It wasn’t long after that I saw one open at Tatum and Bell. We all know the rest of that story . . . Winding down for today: What do Mary Worth, Brenda Starr, Gasoline Alley, Steve Canyon, and Terry and the Pirates have in common? Answer: They are comic strips that have disappeared.
So long until next time!!!
Two good recent cartoons:
It's hard to read but the little mooching girl is Obama's fantasy girlfriend "Julia".