Among the various birthdays I put together for the ClassicFlix Facebook and Twitter shout-outs today is one belonging to an all-too-familiar face here at Rancho Yesteryear: Jack Dodson, a.k.a. The Man Who Would Be Sprague. The Pittsburgh, PA native would have been eighty-two years old this May 15—but in the world of TV reruns, he lives on in immortality as fastidious mama’s boy Howard Sprague, county clerk of the Mayberry township on both The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.
Also, too: I hope to have an installment of Serials Saturdays ready by this Saturday; chapter—what the hell chapter are we on, anyway? Oh, that’s right: Chapter 9 of the not-quite-as-thrilling-as-was-sold-to-me saga of Don Winslow of the Navy (1942).
a brand-spanking-new Radio Spirits 10-CD collection of Dragnet programs for which I wrote the liner notes in January. (I had two of these to give away, but I’ve already promised one to a loyal TDOY supporter.) All you have to do to enter is drop me an e-mail at igsjrotr(at)gmail(dot)com before next Thursday (May 23) with “Crime to Punishment” in the subject header. Friday morning, I will draw a winner at random (via Random.org) and mail their prize out to them on winged feet—by the way, in the body of the e-mail, you don’t necessarily have to include your snail mail address unless you want to wait until you’ve been confirmed a winner…but if you do, I can get those winged feet in motion that much quickly. The set retails for $39.98 and would make a dandy gift for the Jack Webb fan amongst your family or friends—or you can keep it for your very own. (If it were me, I would.)
the Radio Spirits blog for cake and ice cream—because today is the seventy-first anniversary of the debut of The Whistler, one of our true favorites here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear.