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,
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...