Apr 23, 2012
Peg Lynch is a national treasure. She's still going strong at 95, and as funny as ever.
She assures us that she comes from a family of good genetic stock, her grandmothers living well into their 100s. Speaking of one of them, Peg says: "She collected three war pensions. Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I. And I think she was a drummer boy in the Revolutionary War."
Peg performed last week at the Old-Time Radio Convention in Cincinnati. She was a national radio fixture from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, first writing and starring in Ethel and Albert, then writing and starring in The Couple Next Door (same show, new name). She wrote nearly 800 shows over two decades.
Peg and her late partner, Alan Bunce, played a married couple who talked with each other. A simple concept, and absolutely hilarious. But rather than me talk about it, let's just listen to it.
Here are two 15-minute shows: Ethel and Albert, More Storage Space, from June 4, 1945, and The Couple Next Door, Barking Test for Brownie, from May 7, 1959.