Richard Lamparski's Whatever Happened to....series

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frontrowkid
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Richard Lamparski's Whatever Happened to....series

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For those of you who remember those Whatever Happened To...books that came out in the Seventies, tune into TennesseeBillsOTR.com to hear Richard Lamparski's interviews with old radio stars when it was broadcast over WBAI Radio in New York. Carlton E Morse, Al Hodge (the Green Hornet and Captain Video), the stars from Nora Drake,Ma Perkins and other soap operas, Charles Correll, Lum of Lum and Abner all share interesting anecdotes of their radio careers. Lamparski did the groundwork for re-discovering some of these old stars although the interviews in his books were sometimes sketchy. He never gave out any clues as to where these people could be contacted for autographs. Sometimes his humor went over the top. During the interview with producer Ivan Cury, who played Bobby Benson (of the B-Bar-B) as a child actor, Lamparski muses about how many boys turned out to be gay because they listened to shows where a young boy had a male guardian. Bobby Benson had Tex Mason; Chuck Ramsey had Capt. Midnight. This train of thought seemed to tickleMr. Cury's funny bone. Aside from that, I found the interviews to be generally interested although I thought Lamparski could have prepared his questions better. His only defense was that he was using Radio's Golden Age by Frank Buxton which carried only brief material on the radio shows and did not go into depth as did John Dunning's Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio which was to come later.
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