Hi, all…I just thought I’d take a bit of time to log in and change a few things, cosmetic-wise, that I thought Pam might not get to right away. (Speaking of which, I think you’re going to approve of her administration of TDOY while I’m on my sabbatical—she’s particularly strong in the area of celebrity passings, often sending me the info before I’ve had the opportunity to see it online.) I thought people might be a little tired of the melting nitrate film banner, so I changed it to something a bit more upbeat (I had to go through quite a few “medically-themed” images before I finally found the one that I figured would make me smile when I came across it…hopefully I won’t have to put up with it too long).
At the risk of running this into the ground, I just wanted to thank you all again for the uplifting e-mails, comments, well-wishings, etc. you all sent while I was in hospital. I don’t know precisely when I’m scheduled to return for an operation on my parathyroid gland (I have to call later today to schedule this with the surgeon) but the more I read up on this the more panicky I get. (Particularly the part about the potential nicking of the vocal cords, which could render me Roger Ebert-less.) So I’ve decided the best medicine is to simply…not read anymore on this subject. The way the doctors are talking, this gland of mine is the biggest they’ve ever seen (I can’t seem to do anything in moderation) so they don’t see how anything can possibly go wrong—as my sister Debbie (who’s in town to see me) remarked—“If it’s that big, it shouldn’t be too hard to find.”
If you glance at the section “Available at Radio Spirits” you’ll find the latest RS collection I contributed the liner notes to—a nice little four CD-set featuring Ronald Colman and wife Benita Hume in The Halls of Ivy. If you’re a Colman fan but know him only through his movies you should really check out the collection (those of you who may have heard the Colmans on The Jack Benny Program will know what I’m talking about); The Halls of Ivy, though relatively short-run on radio, is one of the finest, best-written situation comedies in the history of the aural medium.
Okay, I may be back a bit later once I recharge the batteries. Thanks for staying with me.