Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sade helps the sponsor

Sade finds a way to buy a Sunbeam Mixmaster.  This episode has been re-done, and some dialog has been added: 39-03-10 Sade – A Slick Operator

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Uncle Fletcher hits the road and the episode, 40-09-17 Uncle Fletcher Unexpectedly Departs gets some dialog and makeover.

More E-Z slippers

40-10-14 E-Z Slippers has been totally re-done, with some goodies added (a partial script, a photo and an article).

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Full script for "Vic's Bottom Drawer"...

44-01-04 Vic's Bottom Dresser Drawer Violated

Partial dialogue and full synopsis for "Sade Smashes..."

41-01-09 Sade Smashes Mis' Applerot's Wrist-Watch

Partial dialogue and full synopsis for "Tree Surgeons"

41-03-03 Rush and Uncle Fletcher, Tree Surgeons

Partial dialogue and full synopsis for "Soup Delivery Boy"

41-01-16 Hot Soup Delivery Boy

Script added for "Weigh Machine"

 43-12-01 B. B. Baugh and the 10-Cent Store Weigh-Machine

Lodge Cowboy Hat re-worked

I've got a partial script and a more-in-depth synopsis for 42-12-17 Vic and the Cowboy Lodge Hat, which I've reworked.

If you enjoy the 'hat' episodes, you should really like this one.

Don't miss this one

41-07-10 Bring Your Figures

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Giant improvement/solid script

Looking through this ''treasure box'' of scripts and additional dialogue, I am amazed at what I find.

An example is episode 41-07-10 Bring Your Figures, which previously had very short notes:

But after looking at the full script, I've found something very solid, bordering on the classic.  I can't wait to show it you tomorrow!

World gone loco?

32-08-03 Strawberries and Baseball  - Sade acts like a kid, Vic calls Sade, ''Baby'', Rush wants to shave -- has the world gone loco?

Monday, December 22, 2014

The bad thing about notes

Check this out...
Above were the original notes I had on this very early episode.

I read the full script just now and find it really isn't about shaving at all!

Anyway, I'll correct and change things and upload the script tommorow.

Flippin' streetcars

The episode: 39-07-17 Rush is Reprimanded for Flipping Streetcars gets a complete overhaul and a script!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vic and Sade and the CBS News

Episode 36-12-17 Sade Goes Christmas Shopping told the story of WW I truce around Christmas of 1914; CBS News looked back on the event as well.

Rush's other intimate conversation

Recognize this?:
 Rush: I'm fourteen. Uh-huh. Yeah, first year. Hundred an' eleven pounds stripped. Five feet three inches. Eyes? Blue. Hair? I part it on the side.
Telephone call with the Hinks?  Nope.

An episode about nuttin'

Now, completely re-worked, and with script, 43-11-25 Fletcher's All Dressed-Up.

Monday, December 15, 2014


New script and details

41-12-09 Hank Appointed Lodge's Best-Looking Man now has a script and everything online has been re-worked.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A busy week

It looks like there will be new entry and script tomorrow and hopefully some more stuff this week.  This week, though, will be much busier for me than next week.  Sorry for the recent lack of activity.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


The episode 43-12-27 Invoice Preparations now has a very short audio commentary by PQ Ribber.

The episode 43-11-24 Vic Brings Home A High-Crown Cowboy Hat, has been re-worked and also a full script has been added.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

An Anthony Doherty story

Yesterday, I found this:

I contacted Mr. Doherty and he wrote back...

Thank you! I don't remember ever seeing this clip, but I do remember the occasion. My mother had a role in a story sequence on the Tom Mix afternoon serial. Of course to me at that age that was a far greater thing than V&S: listening to Tom Mix and the other shows for kids was part of my after-school agenda. So that day not only did I get to see Tom Mix  broadcast and meet the cast (Tom Mix was played by Curley Bradley and Leo Curley was his sidekick sheriff), I discovered that another favorite program, Captain Midnight, was done in the adjoining studio, so my joy was complete. Both shows were on the Mutual Network, from the WGN studios in the Tribune Tower.

Tom Mix was broadcast live twice, to accommodate different parts of the network. That was a fairly common practice back then, before magnetic tape was widely used. At one time V&S was broadcast both on NBC and CBS. I remember my mother telling me that the cast and Paul Rhymer has a standing reservation for a limo to get them from the Merchandise Mart to the Wrigley Building every day. At any rate, there was an interval of, I think, 45 minutes between the two Tom Mix broadcasts, with nothing going on. That's when I met the organist, who showed me how the Hammond organ worked. Then I was allowed to play it up until they began to get ready for the second broadcast. 

That did lead to two years of piano lessons (I wasn't very diligent about practicing). Later on in junior high school I learned to play the tuba, sort of, and in high school switched to double bass. It was only after a hitch in the Navy and a couple of other things that I got to college, eventually as a music major, and got a degree in composition. I did study organ some at that time, but my professional focus became composing and conducting, the latter mostly choral. And that's where I am today. But that encounter with the Hammond organ was certainly a starting point.


Episode 44-04-10 Back Porch Small Talk was missing 4 script pages.  I just found 2 more...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

350+ articles

There are now more than 350 articles in the Print Media site.

Mr. Brainfeeble knows

There's a very good chance that Carl Kroenke was the first - or perhaps second - radio's 'The Shadow'.

For much more, read this.

A little Jimbo magic

Odds of finding a Kroenke (Chuck Brainfeeble) bio are ZERO.
Lots of +new+ articles at the Print Media site now and if I find more, I'll add them.

A funny script

42-09-07 Kansas Expulsion Assignment

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Behind the scenes

While  I haven't been posting like a crazy man lately, that doesn't mean I'm bereft of website ''doins.''  Ive been busier than most, but you fail to see my activities.  I won't go through all I've done, but you may look up something and notice some additions.

I am also adding more to the Print and Media site.

New episodes and script additions will come shortly.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A new book

Peoria Stories: Tales from the Illinois Heartland, is a new book about Peoria and Central Illinois.  Google claims Vic and Sade are at least mentioned.  Someone yell at me if you've read it.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mis' Crowe has been busy!

Mis' Crowe brings us two new commentaries and transcripts...
41-01-24 Boss Waits in the Car
41-02-03 Wallpapering at Midnight 
And don't miss her piece, Vic and Sade and Oscar Wilde — Simpatico
All fans of Vic and Sade should appreciate Mis' Crowe's insight and hard work!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Vic and Sade and Oscar Wilde — Simpatico

It may seem funny to us that so much energy and emotion is invested in wallpaper on “Vic and Sade” — but Wilde would disagree:
“Why, Mr. Wilde, do you think America is such a violent country?”
“I can tell you why,” he said. “It’s susceptible readily of an explanation. America is such a violent country because your wallpaper is so ugly.”
Wilde wasn’t being capricious or cute — he was making a serious point in a funny way. I can’t say it any better than Fry said it himself:
[H]e could see that we were harmful to our planet in terms of its aesthetics. That we were making the earth uglier. Uglier with bad architecture, uglier with badly designed factories, uglier with badly stamped out tin trays and cheap ornaments, ugly with appalling wallpaper. And if you’re someone who grows up in such an environment, who is surrounded by badly made ugly things, then you think ugly thoughts of yourself and world. You think ugly thoughts of your whole species.
So when Sade campaigns for attractive upstairs wallpaper, when she battles with Mr. Erickson and wears herself down mentally over wallpaper, she’s not just being womanish and superficial. There is a lot at stake: for her mental health, for her family’s, for society’s. And, in fact, Vic makes this very same point, in fewer words, right in that episode:
VIC: Uh-huh. Say, talk about your poisonous greens…this baby on top here takes the cake.
SADE: Could you imagine livin’ in a room with wallpaper like that?
VIC: I’m afraid I’d grow morbid and homicidal.
Other conversation in this episode recalls another famous Wilde zinger, often paraphrased and mischaracterized as his final words: “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do” (also quoted in another source as “One of us has got to go”). Wilde was in a bad way when he said this, broke, exiled, and dying painfully in a cheap hotel. On one hand, it was a funny remark to make in that situation — you’re on the verge of death, and all you care about is the wallpaper? On the other hand, it is terribly sad to think that a man who cared so much about beauty was forced to lay dying in agony while staring at a wallpaper pattern that distressed him. Vic, once again, understands:
RUSH: “For those who love a rich, restful emerald color, this lovely pattern should be a perfect joy.”
SADE: Oh, my, my, my, my, my.
VIC: “Rich, restful emerald color,” huh? If I was entertainin’ somebody I despised for the weekend I’d expose them to this “rich, restful emerald color.” And I’d guarantee by Monday morning he’d feel vaguely ill and be affected with spots before the eyes and a tendency toward involuntary shakes and shudderin’s.
I don’t know how familiar Paul Rhymer would have been with Wilde and the aesthetic movement, or if he would have ever heard either of these quotes (though it’s certainly likely — Wilde being one of the great comedy writers, I’m sure Rhymer read plenty of him), but great minds think alike. Attributing violent behavior and illness to wallpaper is funny. It is also profound. These two things need not contradict one another.  -- Lydia Crowe

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Audio slowly being added to V&S Print Media site

Slowly but surely, audio is being added to the V&S Print Media site.  I'd venture one-third are done as of now.  If you'd like to help, please let me know.

Keevy's office

Find the gory details here, plus a new film title...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Presto, change-o, reverse engineero

I worked my tail off last week, finishing off the new Vic and Sade appendage, Vic and Sade in Print Media.

Yep, I know it's not sexy or pretty, but it does the job...

I wonder how many of you realize how I have reversed engineered these sites to do what they are doing.  These are BLOGS. Who knew you could turn a blog(s) into an encyclopedia?

Well... I'll be back in a couple of days.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Newspaper and magazine articles are finished as a horse!

I finished posting the remaining newspaper and magazine articles.  There are 284 articles, to date.  Find them here.

Reading, recording articles and scripts for the blind

I have many news and magazine articles that will need to be audibly recorded, so those who are visually impaired may also enjoy them.  If you would be up for volunteering, please let me know.  I will not overburden or pressure you, if you choose to help.  E-mail me for details.

Sade's on the phone and Bill's in the Navy

43-01-28 Sade's On the Phone has been updated, including a script.  Bernardine Flynn did this episode by herself, so the script has her doing some interesting things.

The script also has Rush outside and earlier helping Sade move furniture... well, he was in the Navy.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Being lazy

Every now and then I have take off my Superwwwwman cape and take a needed rest and regenerate; I am also stuck with an injury that is likely to involve rehab.

Cut to the quick, I'm going to take it easy for a few days. I will do some stuff, but as little as possible.

I do not worry about 'burnout' when it comes to Sade and the boys.

Vic in Sade made the news today. It's not much, but continues to show that fans remain.

Tell a neighbor about the show.  Tell someone about Paul Rhymer, the ease and flow of Idelson, Van Harvey's odd mercury, how Bernardine made 'the perfect Sade', and of course, mention 5 stories about Uncle Fletcher, Honey.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Twenty five new news entries

Twenty five new news entries just finished, although some you may have seen before as I am assembling this new site.  See them here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

But before I go...

I believe I have solved a minor mystery.  It's a behind-the-scenes kind of thing, and not that important, in the scheme of things.

Though we have NO evidence, I have notes from the Friends of Vic and Sade that before Third Lieutenant Clinton Stanley, there was Second Lieutenant Bob Womble.

I've read more than 300 newspaper and magazine articles on the subject of Vic and Sade and can find no mention of "Bob Womble".  However, I have found a Bob Wamboldt, who was a studio engineer.  This HAS to be the guy in question. I've found him mentioned twice (at least), both in 1936, prior to Clinton Stanley joining the studio team. 

Second Lieutenant Bob Womble will become Second Lieutenant Bob Wamboldt, when I return.  And just in case, please fix this for me, 'Plan B'...


There's a good chance I am about to spend some time in the hospital.  I hope to return ASAP.

If I do not return, do not panic... there IS a 'plan B' in place.

However, I do expect to return.

In the meantime, there yet again 25 or so new entries in the Vic and Sade in Print Media site.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

About 2 dozen new articles posted

I'm getting close to finishing posting all of the newspaper and magazine articles.  There appears to be close to (more than) 250 total.  The Friends of Vic and Sade provided about half of these.

You can check out all the new ones, or explore by keyword here.

Roy Dejectedly Roy Dejectedly

Monday, November 3, 2014

A FOVS piece about music

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Icebergs in Illinois

New commentary and script from Vic and Sade fan, Mis' Crowe!

You will appreciate this script, because the audio is so bad...

41-xx-xx Icebergs in Illinois 

Big changes

Due to the fact that 1) I have a number of new newspaper and magazine articles (only 1/2 have been posted thus far) and 2) some of the articles might be hard to read, I have taken the enormous giant leap to try and solidify things.

I have begun a new branch (blog) to hold just newspaper and magazine articles.  They will be "blown up" to their largest size from the get go; you may then read it, or choose "save as" (to save it) or choose "view image" to make it even larger and you can read it (or again, choose to save it).

This means a few things: first, the "Newspaper Articles" choice on the left hand side of blog no longer exists (or won't as of Monday).

Secondly, 99% of the newspaper/magazine articles that existed on The Vic and Sade Notebook no longer exist here but have been transferred (or are in the process of being transferred) to a new site, Vic and Sade in Print Media.  You can go ahead and check it out, but it's unfinished.

Another advantage of the new site is that it should be much easier to find the specific article you seek, if you are looking for a specific reference without reading all of an article.  In processing and creating the site, I have done my best to highlight specific words or phrases to make finding things easier.

As of this writing, I am probably only 35% of the way done, but by Monday, I hope to have it completed.  Everything else has been put on hold until this is done.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Railroading in Vic and Sade

Clarence Hartzell chronology

New script, and it's a good one!

New script, and it's a good one!

44-08-21 Turtle Soup

38-07-26 Vic and the Husher's Baby

There's a new partial script up: 38-07-26 Vic and the Husher's Baby.

I had planned on putting up a new episode and script, but to be honest, I've been so busy with other additions, I haven't had time. There should be one up later today.

On a positive note, I have an idea that will make finding items we have in the various print media much easier to find and digest, however, that project is in the early stages, so more about that, later.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I'm behind on everything!

In case you haven't noticed, I'm pretty much behind on all aspects of the main site.  I'm spending lots of time trying to fix things, but it's going to take time.

I'm also adding tidbits to episodes as I find them.  I've got a lot of new ammo here and I'm trying to improve existing episodes with new graphics, info, etc.

I'm going to try and add a new script every day until I run out, too.

Lots to do, please be patient.

As always, your feedback is appreciated.

Howard has a new harness

New commentary and script from Mis' Crowe!

40-12-31 Howard has a New Harness

Sade's favorite recipes, 1933


Rishigan Fishigan and the Penthouse

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Updated... Sade Needs a Gift, Quick!

New short script! The Crazy World of Vic and Sade: 39-12-15 Sade Needs A Gift – Quick! http://vicandsade.blogspot.com/2012/09/39-12-15-sade-needs-gift-quick.html

The RJ Konk portrait

The newspaper photo I had found previously was awful.  But we now have this...

Photos of unheard characters

Sade's own pumpkin mince pie

October 1938

New episode synopsis

3X-12-2X Scream Like a Panther

Canned foods fiasco letter

You may remember these rather odd episode 
xx-xx-xx Gabbing Gooks Go to Glowworm...  
xx-xx-xx The Joy of Canned Foods 
Well, I've obtained a letter that explains this 
situation a bit more:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sorting Christmas Cards

A brand new short script/synopsis: 39-12-25 Sorting Christmas Cards http://vicandsade.blogspot.com/2012/09/39-12-25-sorting-christmas-cards.html

What I found in the treasure box

Here's what I found in the treasure box after weeding out the chaff:
  • Many photos of Rhymer and the cast that I have never seen before, maybe in the neighborhood of 35.
  • Lots of new newspaper/magazine articles.  Again, maybe in the neighborhood of 20 full-size articles or more and perhaps up to 100(!) or more small newspaper/magazine articles.
  • Notes.  More than quadruple the notes I had gotten before; there's no way to tell you how many there are, but enough to keep me busy a long time.  There are a lot of clues to help me find things as well.
  • Complete scripts.  As far as "complete" goes, there might be 15 new ones I haven't seen before.
  • Script pieces I didn't have.  LOTS and LOTS of them, maybe 150, where perhaps I have as much as 1/3rd of a script.  Either way, significantly more than you would see in my episodes done earlier, where I gave credit to Barbara Schwarz. 
  • Lots and lots of original material. This would include some ingenious artwork and other stuff done by zealous fans.
  • MORE STUFF.  Hey, i can't remember it all.  I spent 10 hours or so going over every piece of paper.  I really didn't get a chance to read anything but there is lots of NEW stuff to explore.

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's like Christmas for Jimbo

A few years ago, i was given the notes and briefs of scripts from Barbara Schwarz's adventures into the University of Wisconsin's library in Madison that houses the vast majority of the Paul Rhymer script collection.

Today, I am the very proud owner of somewhere close to all of her work.  I received a giant box today and it's full to the brim of stuff.

I hope to add every note to the website.  First, i have to go over it, year by year.  Then I have to scan it all and upload it.  Then I have to post it all.

I have no working scanner at the moment but that should be remedied just as soon as I make it to town, then I can get to work.

I'm not sure how this will be done yet either; I have to think about this as I look over this treasure.

I will see you soon!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Another review of Hetherington's book

From ''The Old Radio Times'':

click to enlarge


Nothing has seen more changes, tears, anguish, frustration, elation... than THE MAP.

THE MAP was something I thought would be easy to take care of and change as time went along.  I babysat this map and changed it everyday, adding this and that as time went along.  I'd review an episode and change the map.  I'm guessing I made 500 changes to this map.

It was never perfect or even close to it, so a long time ago, I put it away, promising to not let it bother me again.  The map was ugly, I thought, and inaccurate to boot.

But lately, I've been going through my old digital files and I found THE MAP.  I looked at it and I realized that it's really not that bad of a map.

So here it is again.  It's probably not 100% accurate...

click to enlarge

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Relive Vic's misery of losing Bess's letter from 1937

40-12-23 Bess' Letter from 1937 has been given a new commentary by Mis' Crowe and she has transcribed the script for us as well!

Three cheers for her fantastic work!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Four new commentaries and scripts... and more

The following shows have been updated:  
40-10-27 Hot Soup 
40-11-19 Brick Mush Man Caught in Revolving...
40-12-17 A Bijou Lifetime Pass
40-05-27 Mis' Scott Getting Too Chummy  
Also, I fixed all bad links today. 
There are major surprises coming next 
week... It's a good time to be Vic and 
Sade fan.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Most bizarre

Cropper.  Cooper.  Normal.  Bloomington.

Each of these places has been named as the place where the Gooks lived.

However, what about Rushville Center?

According to the book, Comedy: New Perspectives (p. 263), that was the the place where the Gooks lived.

In defense of the book, it does have a sweet dichotomy of life in   Rushville Center versus the world of depression and WW II.  I hope you take the time to read it.

Lax FAQ tightened up

I'll admit it.  My FAQ lacked.  It's much better now.

More commentaries and scripts from Mis' Crowe!

40-06-21 Hank's Job Royal Throne Barbershop
40-07-13 Short Bio of Little Dipper
40-06-24 Mr. Gumpox Blows Kisses

New commentaries and scripts from Mis' Crowe

40-06-14 Freedom Last Day of School
40-06-17 Mr. Sludge to Sleep Overnight at Gooks
40-06-18 June Christmas Card Pressure 
This will 
give you your first chance 
EVER to see some of Paul 
Rhymer's Christmas cards 
on the internet! 
(More to come!)   

Thursday, October 9, 2014

In the news

Vic and Sade are not completely forgotten in the newspapers these days, even in a big place like Salt Lake City, Texas... make that, Utah. Bloomington, Indiana.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Another re-creation found

I just found another re-creation of a script that we don't have; this from 1932, called "Restart Exercising".  This title has been changed (by me) to Restart Exercising (Underwear by Mail Order) as this is the episode that contains the famous Rush and Sade exchange about one of Rush's friends ordering underwear through the mail - and the episode is much more famous for that than anything else.

This re-creation is from the American Radio Theater and you can find a link to it and updated show notes here.

Friends of Vic and Sade 'ad' circa 1970's

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dead horses

Paul Rhymer spent a considerable amount of time writing about horses on Vic and Sade.

Did you realize Mr. Gumpox had at least three different garbage wagon horses die (Bernice, Cecil and Margaret Evelyn)?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Highlights of this notebook

You can always find ''the juicy stuff'' I find, here.

The Edgar Guest connection

Edgar A. Guest was a well-known poet in the early days of radio and had several radio shows where he was able to show off his talents.

It has been known for a while that Mr. Guest was a huge fan of the Vic and Sade radio show and though we could only surmise the reasons, perhaps now we know for a fact, why.  There is a photo of Guest along with the Vic and Sade gang in existence and a famous quote (actually a short poem) from him from another patch of time, showing his admiration for the show.

In 1936-1937 (and perhaps before and after these dates) Art Van Harvey and Bernardine Flynn played husband and wife on Welcome Valley, a show starring Guest.  Not much is known about the show, other than Joan Blaine was also a co-star and Guest played the editor of a newspaper, the Welcome Valley Chronicle.

It seems now the mystery of the connection of why Guest was such a big fan of the show is now solved.

A very important discovery concerning the "brick mush man"

We've been perplexed by brick mush and later, we probably figured it out. However, the whole concept of a "brick mush salesman" mystified even the best of us, including myself. There's NO WAY a man went door to door selling polenta, right?



From a 1906 Ithaca, New York paper, classified section:

January 2, 1906 Ithaca Daily News, page 7

New York Times perplexed by brick mush query

A bit of digging this morning led me to a 1985 article from the New York Times, where a cooking expert answered questions for readers.

In the second question posted, a reader asks about brick mush; the writer seems to have figured out the "what is it" part but was stumped by the Vic and Sade aspect.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

An interview with Stephen Drangula

Imagine a world without the internet and without all the Vic and Sade material we have now - and without all of the Vic and Sade friends that abound.

A couple of months ago, Stephen Drangula (https://twitter.com/Drangula) started following me on Twitter. His quips are always funny - but the best thing is, he is a Vic and Sade fan.

He hasn't delved too far into the series, but I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get to know him a bit better!

Jimbo: Tell us how far into the series you are.

Stephen Drangula: I’ve listened to everything the Internet Archive has from 1937 to 1940. I’ve also listened to the last episode and a smattering of others. 

Jimbo: Do you remember when and how you first heard about Vic and Sade and what you first thought of it?

Stephen Drangula: In the late 1990s, I went to Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, and took advantage of their archive of old TV and radio shows, which could be watched/listened to in a private booth. In addition to watching the first-ever episode of “Sesame Street,” I chose to listen to four episodes of “Vic and Sade.”

These episodes were from the period when the show had continuing story lines. I remember being struck by how sharply observed the characters, situations and humor were. Just from those four episodes I thought—this is probably the best thing that was ever on radio.

Detailed memories of those four episodes have faded, but I remember one featured boorish house guests, who drive Sade mad while believing themselves to be boisterously hilarious. Sade tries to be polite throughout the episode, until the end, when she angrily bursts out, “Be quiet, be quiet, be quiet!”

For years, I meant to spend more time with the show, but it wasn’t until several months ago that I finally took advantage of the internet’s bounty, and started listening again.

It seems as if I must have known about the show before visiting the museum. Why did I choose to spend my limited time at the place with that show? But if I had heard of, or heard, “Vic and Sade” prior to that visit, I no longer remember. 

Jimbo: Finish this sentence. "When I think about the show, Vic and Sade, the first thing I think about is _____"

Stephen Drangula: Rush. I am very taken with his character. He is among the most fully realized and lifelike teenagers in literature. He’s vastly superior to, say, Henry Aldrich. I’m sure he doesn’t have a peer in radio. You’d have to look at the best in novels and plays, instead. It may not be going too far to compare him to Shakespeare’s boys and girls, particularly Romeo.

I’m disappointed to hear that he simply disappears from the series and then is replaced, without explanation, by Russell.

Of course—unlike Romeo, who is not bound to a particular actor—Bill Idelson deserves part of the credit for the character’s success, just as Art Van Harvey and Bernardine Flynn do for the success of their characters.

Then again, I came across a Vic and Sade script years ago, and the show is awe-inspiring even in script form. In this one, Vic and Rush amuse themselves with electric shocks being delivered by a malfunctioning washing machine. I didn’t need to hear the actors to be charmed and impressed by just Paul Rhymer’s words.

Jimbo: I think it’s pretty obvious that Paul Rhymer's writing had an influence on others' writing and on television (particularly through Bill Idelson). Would you care to comment on this?

Stephen Drangula: I wish he had had more influence. One reason the show is still so fresh and original is that no one has managed to duplicate its success. I’m not sure very many have tried. Certainly the show sounds nothing like the punchline-oriented comedies of then or now. And it’s only recently that some TV comedies have abandoned the laugh track and attempted the more naturalistic humor that is characteristic of “Vic and Sade,” but I don’t know if anyone writing comedies today has been directly influenced by it.

I’m working on a radio series that I scripted, and perform in, called “The Rich and the Filthy,” a parody of soap operas, that I hope will be available on iTunes soon. I’m proud of the show, but I’m sad to report that it’s not influenced much by Paul Rhymer’s work. I’d have to be a much more seasoned writer, and observer of human nature, to attempt anything like Rhymer.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thimble Clubs found as early as 1903; more popular in 1930s

I did some digging and found that the "Thimble Club" was not a Paul Rhymer invention, as they can be found planning to congregate (in newspapers) as early as 1903.

However, by 1932, the same year as Vic and Sade began, you see a large uptick in mentions of club meetings in newspapers.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Much more information for 1934 episode

Thanks to author John Hetherington.  He has provided me many more details for 34-02-13 At the Miller Park Zoo.

The episode takes place at Miller Park (City Park) and is one of the few known episodes to take place away from the household panorama.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The small house grew more than just Panther's Blood

Most Vic and Sade fans are familiar - at least to some extent - with Panther's Blood.  Panther's Blood, of course, being a variety of flower that is popular in the town the Gooks live in.  More specifically, it is Sade who tends to grow it.  And it is suggested that she is very successful with her green thumb.

Panther's Blood is probably fictional.  Paul Rhymer loved to come up with fictional card games, towns, friends, movie titles, movie stars, book titles and foods.  But he did not stop there - he enjoyed making up names of flowers: Late Joe Butlers, Kiss Me Georges, Royal Slumps, Blue Doldrums, Zero Zinnias, and Choke Choke.

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