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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Oct 28, 2013

Paul Winchell had polio as a child, and while sick in bed he answered a magazine ad for a ventriloquism kit for a dime.  He built his first dummy in shop class at school, and named it after his shop teacher. 

Winchell appeared on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show, and he won.  So at age 14, Paul Winchell became a...


Oct 25, 2013

Teddy Roosevelt didn't like Charles Barber.  Teddy thought outside the box.  He wanted to hire a famous sculptor to design our penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar, all in one fell swoop. 

But Charles Edward Barber, the Chief Engraver of the United States, had the call, and he designed all of those (except the...


Oct 22, 2013

Mandel Kramer was Lt. Tragg on the radio version of Perry Mason, and Richard Denning was Lucille Ball's husband in My Favorite Husband.  Together with Gail Collins, they starred in a short-lived, light-hearted detective series called It's a Crime, Mr. Collins.

The series ran from August 1956 to February 1957, and it...


Oct 14, 2013

John Nesbitt's father left him a treasure chest full of old news clippings of strange and wondrous things.  Nesbitt used those clippings to launch a radio show that lasted for 15 years, from 1937 to 1951. 

His programs were similar to what Robert Ripley did on Believe It or Not. 

Nesbitt talked of disasters,...


Oct 11, 2013

Thirty of our states issued Tax Tokens during the depression. 

But by the end of World War II, most of them were gone.  And there are few people alive today who know they ever existed. 

Except for us treasure hunters who dig them up, of course.

They were round with holes in the middle, they were square, they were made...