Saturday, December 02, 2006

Radio Days

Radio Days

I asked my well-educated son, does he know where the expression, Come on like Gang Busters, comes from? He didn’t.
It comes from an old radio program, “Gang Busters.” You hear the stamp of regularly marching feet as the program begins – that’s all I remember of the beginning. But it was exciting.
Remember: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! Ha ha ha ha!”
“Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Superman!”
The creaking door of “Inner Sanctum.”
(After the William Tell Overture) “Return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear ... from out of the plains…come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse, Silver…. The Long Ranger rides again!”
(There was something so ... clean...so appealing...so nice...about the Long Ranger radio progream and the Long Ranger movies.)
Fibber McGee and Molly. The Great Gildersleeve. What you listened to when you came home from school—and on weekends.

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