In the Corner with Dan Hughes
133-130926 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins VI - The Roosevelt Dime

The Roosevelt dime was designed by John Sinnock, who was the chief engraver of the United States Mint when Roosevelt died. 

He said he based the design on a Roosevelt medal he had designed four years earlier. 

But others believe he used the design of an African-American sculptress named Selma Burke, who had been commissioned to design a Roosevelt plaque in 1944. 

The design on the left is Sinnock's original, and the one on the right is Burke's.  Which one looks the most like the Roosevelt dime to you?

And why in the world would a rumor start that the JS below Roosevelt's neck stood for someone much more sinister than John Sinnock?  Listen to the show for the answers!

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Direct download: 133roseydime.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:27pm CDT

175-130923 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Abe Burrows Show

Abe Burrows was a New York wit, a composer/singer of clever parodies that made him a favorite of Danny Kaye, Robert Benchley, and Groucho Marx. 

He also wrote Broadway musicals, like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Can-Can, and Guys and Dolls.  And he won a Pulitzer Prize for How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. 

His radio show ran from 1947 to 1949, and since it was just 15 minutes nightly, this show is comprised of two back-to-back episodes.

Direct download: 175abeburroughs47102x-romance-TV2829.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:01pm CDT

174-130916 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - This Is My Best

One of the best-selling books of 1942 was THIS IS MY BEST, edited by Whit Burnett.  Burnett asked 93 different authors to name their best short story, and those stories were printed in this anthology. 

In 1944, the anthology became a CBS radio series.  Orson Welles hosted the show for a short time, but he was fired because one of the scripts he chose just happened to be one in which he had a financial interest.

This episode, Miss Dilly Says No, first aired on March 20, 1945.

Direct download: 174ThisIsMyBest450320MissDillySaysNo2929.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:05pm CDT

132-130912 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins V - The Jefferson Nickel

Did you know our Jefferson nickel was designed by a man who fought against the United States in World War I? 

Felix Schlag was a German soldier in that war, but in 1929 he became an American, and in 1938 his design was chosen for the Jefferson nickel. 

The back of his nickel looked rather goofy, and he was instructed to redesign it.  (The photo is Schlag's original design.)

The Jefferson nickel might never have been, except for the problems the Buffalo nickel was causing. 

And the prize money Mr. Schlag won for his design was just about enough to pay for his wife's funeral. 

This podcast tells these and other fascinating tales about the history of the Jefferson nickel.

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Direct download: 132jeffersonnickel.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:47pm CDT

173-130909 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - That Brewster Boy

That Brewster Boy was a radio sitcom that ran pretty much concurrently with World War II. 

The formula was typical of radio sitcoms - Mom and Dad, and cute, popular teenage daughter, and younger, boisterous son. 

The main character, Joey Brewster, was played first by Eddie Firestone, then by Arnold Stang, and finally by Dick York.  (Yes, THAT Dick York.)

This episode, A Visit From Dottie, first aired on December 29, 1941.

Direct download: 173thatbrewsterboy411229avisitfromdottie2820.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:02am CDT

172-130903 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Somebody Knows

In 1947, Elizabeth Short was murdered.  Now, two-thirds of a century later, the crime is still unsolved. 

Sixty people have confessed to the murder, but they were all lying.  Or were just 59 of them lying? 

Somebody Knows ran on CBS in 1950.  Each week, a true-life murder was reenacted, and a $5,000 reward was offered to anyone providing information that led to the arrest of the murderer. 

This episode is about the still-unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, in a case that has become known as the Black Dahlia Murder.

Direct download: 172somebodyknows500824blackdahlia3017.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:21pm CDT