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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Jan 30, 2015

The Franklin half dollar was issued from 1948 through 1963.  It was designed by John Sinnock, who died before the coin was issued.  Sinnock had also designed the Roosevelt dime. 

Why was there a controversy about Sinnock's initials being on the coins?  Was there a communist influence? 

What did the ex-governor of...

Jan 29, 2015

Cloak and Dagger was a high-quality spy thriller that ran in the summer and fall of 1950. 

Though it was short-lived, it made an impression and picked up a lot of fans, what with the star power of Willis Cooper, "Raymond" from Inner Sanctum, Everette Sloan of Citizen Kane fame, and Superman's "Look, up in the sky, it's...

Jan 22, 2015

An Irishman playing an Italian?  Somehow it worked.  Luigi Basco, newly arrived in Chicago from the Old Country, writes a letter each week to his mother back home in Ireland.  And each episode of Life With Luigi is the story told in Luigi's letter.

J. Carroll Naish was Luigi, and Alan Reed (TV's Fred Flintstone) was...

Jan 16, 2015

Are you itching to use that new detector you got for Christmas, but the ground is still frozen and snow-covered? 

Don't waste the next couple of months just waiting for spring - teach yourself the fine points of using that new machine right now, before you ever dig a signal.

By setting up a test box in your living...

Jan 13, 2015

Space Patrol was on radio and TV simultaneously, from 1950 to 1955. 

Ed Kemmer was Commander Buzz Corry, and Lyn Osborn was his young sidekick, Cadet Happy. 

The Space Patrol took place in the 30th century, and the setting was the entire universe, thanks to the spaceship Terra 5. 

This episode, The Immortal Brain,...