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2017 Guests: Ivan Cury and Beverly Washburn

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6,
Four Points Sheraton Hotel
3600 E. Cork St, Kalamazoo
 
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
07-09-2017
01:13 PM CT (US)

RADIO MIRROR MAGAZINE, December 1949.

Ivan was a bit younger then! (Click on it to see it bigger.)

(I sent this to Ivan, and he said,
"Thanks.
Nice to know how I'll look if 1949 ever comes back again.")
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Kathy Garver
06-27-2017
11:47 PM CT (US)
I want to be on a barge in a river in France stinging great "vin" !!
Maybe we should do a radio recreation river cruise???
I'm up for it
Any takers??

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Surviving Cissy (Roman and Littlefield publishing)
X Child Stars: Where Are They Now(Roman and Littlefield publishing)

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Gmail
06-27-2017
02:05 AM CT (US)
Thanks...from this barge in France where I'm busy tasting wine.

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Chad
06-26-2017
02:07 PM CT (US)
Happy Birthday Ivan Curry!
And many Happy returns of the day!
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Marilyn
05-17-2017
06:42 PM CT (US)
Great report, Karen. I also appreciated and enjoyed the panels & presentations. Thanks for adding those. And thanks for allowing me to do sound effects. The after shows in the bar are always great fun!!
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
05-17-2017
07:44 AM CT (US)
Paul, the Facebook page is called Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention. But there are two of them - this is the one you want:

https://www.facebook.com/Great-Lakes-Nosta...on-516022915244660/
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Paul From Rockford
05-17-2017
07:36 AM CT (US)
What is the name of our Facebook Page?
Thanks.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
05-16-2017
08:27 PM CT (US)
Karen's personal report on the 2017 convention is finally up!

Check it out:

http://danhughes.net/karen17.htm
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Marilyn
05-10-2017
06:58 AM CT (US)
I have the same alert which is why I know of the charges while they are still in pending status.
I didn't have a chance to call due to commitments today but I sent an email. If I don't get a response, I will call.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
05-10-2017
06:25 AM CT (US)
Marilyn, any explanation from the hotel on how that happened?

My credit card is set up so that anytime a charge of $50 or more appears on my card, I get an instant email telling me of the charge. So I don't have to constantly check my statements - they tell me automatically when a substantial charge has been made. Pretty nice.
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Marilyn
05-10-2017
05:33 AM CT (US)
Be sure to check your credit card statements. The hotel had now charged me twice for rooms after I already checked out.
Marilyn
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Paul From Rockford
05-09-2017
04:55 PM CT (US)
Thanks Steve,
It was great to get to know you better.
OTRaoke Request.
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar And/Or Box 13.
Paul Iverson
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Stephen Jansen
05-09-2017
04:51 PM CT (US)
Totally enjoyed my time at the convention! This venue has a much better vibe than last year's - it just felt "home-ier": several nice spots to sit and gab, friendly staff...it sort of felt like the hotel was "ours" for the weekend!

I was pleased to visit a few panels, usually I miss them for whatever reason. Very informative and fun!

I did get to have the included breakfast and dinner, very nice (and again, "homey"! can't go wrong with burgers and brats and dogs, and were those HOMEMADE potato chips? I think so!)

For whatever reason, that family feel was back strongly this year...even with some people that I hadn't barely got to know before. Made some good new friends and further cemented old ones, missed some usual convention-goers too (here's hoping they read this, and resolve NOT TO MISS next year's convention! Show up, we all missed you!).

Now it's time for me to continue staying in touch - gotta handful of convention people I have to email to touch base with...just getting back into the swing of things now, after a long weekend of FUN.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen yet another year!

P.S. Yes, I WILL do OTRaoke (Old Time Radio karaoke) next year! Let me know if there are any requests for shows.
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Paul From Rockford
05-09-2017
03:25 PM CT (US)
Ahhh, the buffet.
I did enjoy that.
Really good Brats...
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chris kempf
05-09-2017
02:51 PM CT (US)
Damn looks like I missed a fun time..
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
05-09-2017
09:26 AM CT (US)
Paul, Bob - the "free lunch" was the "Special Event For Preregistered Guests" listed on the program for Saturday night from 5:00 to 6:30. It was a huge buffet with hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, salads, pasta salad, lots of different kinds of pie...it was really a nice spread.
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Paul From Rockford
05-09-2017
07:05 AM CT (US)
Free Lunch??
I missed that also.
I got the free breakfast and the free dinner....But no lunch.
Two out of Three, ain't bad.
Well, I had a great time and I'm very much looking forward to next year.
Don, thanks for taking the time to listen to some of my comments.
I appreciate it.
Paul from Rockford IL.
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Bob Burnham
05-08-2017
07:43 PM CT (US)
A great effort by all to say the least! I was one of the Dealers. I was however, disappointed I didn't find out about the free lunch until after it was over (I actually went to McDonalds during that time!). As was the case with past Cincinnati conventions, "Lunch" in the schedule meant we'd go to a nearby steakhouse on our own, and many years there were up to a dozen of us that would "take over" the restaurant. At the Newark conventions, the hotel provided the meals (which we paid for). Oh well....better luck next year!
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Andrea Smith
05-08-2017
06:40 PM CT (US)
Many thanks to the Hughes Family again for this year's convention. I had a terrific time and hope to do it again next year. Thank you for the BBQ on Saturday night from the Art Council members.
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Michael Helms
05-08-2017
12:28 PM CT (US)

...and of course, Karen Hughes, with Kathy at auditions. She gives the best hugs.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
05-08-2017
12:26 PM CT (US)
Want more Beverly Washburn?

Here she is narrating a trailer for GROWING UP WITH HOLLYWOOD, a documentary about child stars. First to appear in this clip is Paul Petersen!

http://tinyurl.com/l3qv347
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Michael Helms
05-08-2017
12:17 PM CT (US)

Another pic of Dan.
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Michael Helms
05-08-2017
12:16 PM CT (US)

Dan, thanks so much! It was great to have you, Kathy and Karen here in "the Zoo". We're already scheming about next year. I'm sorry I forgot a special thank you as we closed on Saturday night. My wife, Sue Bensinger, worked countless hours with us these past few months, and "personed" the GLNC vendor table most of the weekend. If anyone wants to add their thanks, her email is "mrhelms@charter.net". By the way, here are a couple of shots of Dan - in action - this weekend.
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Ivan Cury
05-07-2017
09:15 PM CT (US)
Amen!
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
05-07-2017
08:43 PM CT (US)

Just home from the Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention, and let me tell you it was a real hoot! We had a ball!

The hotel was perfect, the guests (Beverly Washburn and Ivan Cury) were great, the recreations were tons of fun, the extra programs were spot on, and the late-night gabfests were just like we used to do in our college days!

And on top of all that, the convention provided us a huge breakfast and a supper buffet - for free!

I loved hosting the Nostalgia Quiz Bowl. This year, the questions ranged from Old-Time Radio to First Lines of Famous Books to Fill in the Lyrics to Songs of the 1950s:
Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee
______ ______ in the land of the free...

Everybody involved was so friendly! This was definitely the high point of the year for me and my family.

Thanks for a great time, GLNC people!
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
05-03-2017
10:16 PM CT (US)
Hope all of you who come to the Convention will play in the Trivia Bowl! Here are the rules:

EIGHTH ANNUAL
NOSTALGIA TRIVIA BOWL
Friday, May 5, 2017 – appx. 9:00 pm
(after the last re-creation show)

1. Teams consist of up to four members, with a 10-team limit. No cost to enter.
2. Prizes will be donated by OTR dealers.
3. People who would like to play but don’t have a team will be formed into teams at the contest.
4. Questions will be asked in sets of 10. There will be seven rounds, with a tiebreaker round at the end if necessary.
5. Any team member may write the agreed-upon answer on the answer sheet, as long as it is legible. PRINT! If the judges can't read the answer, the answer will be considered incorrect. (NOTE: Conferring should be done quietly, so that no other team can overhear you).
6. Answer sheets will be collected after each set of 10 questions, and judges (Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson) will compile scores as we go. Answers will be given after each set of 10 questions.
7. Every correct answer is worth one point.
8. Leaders will be announced periodically, so the audience can follow the progress of the contest.
9. Decision of the judges is final.
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Michael Helms
04-18-2017
02:45 PM CT (US)
Greetings All, from Kalamazoo! Looking forward to everyone coming to the 2nd "Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention". We are pleased to not only increase the panels, recreations and other sessions this year, but also to provide longer breaks for dinner on Friday and Saturday. Also, this year we've moved to the Four Points by Sheraton at 3600 East Cork Street Court, closer to the airport and I-94 freeway. The Hotel has free parking for all and ALL EVENTS are at the hotel. There are restaurants nearby, as well as lots of others and craft breweries all over Kalamazoo!! NOTE: The hotel will still honor the convention rate IF YOU CALL DIRECTLY and ask for the "GLNC RATE". (269) 385-3922. Don't for get to register for the convention, as well. www.kalamazooarts.org/page/glnostalgia
Need more info? Call the Arts Council at (269)342-5059 during business hours.
Mike Helms
Don Ramlow
Ron Centers

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CPN1994@aol.com
04-17-2017
05:44 PM CT (US)
Somehow I am just reading your mail. The Convention is doing better than last year, however Great Lakes is doing a very poor job of getting the word out. This is what killed Cincinnati. The biggest complaint of last year was that there was no time to eat. If you look at what has been put out we will have one hour which is still not enough time. This could be avoided by starting a hour earlier.
See you in Kalamazoo.
Charles P. Niren
 
 
In a message dated 2/21/2017 2:28:53 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, qtopic-41-yL4hDeiALxM@quicktopic.com writes:

This is only the second year of the Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention and we can't assume that everyone who regularly attended the Cincinnati convention knows that this convention is the successor to/continuation of (however you want to look at it) that one. So, the convention website should be both easy to find and have as much detailed information as early as possible.
Rick.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
03-14-2017
10:20 AM CT (US)
Just booked our reservations! I like this hotel - they don't charge your credit card until you actually get there and sign in.

Here's the info - special price ($105 plus tax, instead of $179) ends April 4. You do have to tell them you're with the convention. Better hurry before they run out of rooms! (We were still able to get a room with 2 queensize beds):

Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo, 3600 East Cork Street Court, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 Phone: 269-385-3922
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
03-01-2017
11:09 PM CT (US)
Thanks, Mike, Karen won't be the only one who's excited about doing a Benny show!
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Michael Helms
03-01-2017
11:00 PM CT (US)
On a good note, tell Karen we are looking at doing a "Jack Benny" recreation. If we do, hopefully Karen will audition on Friday! Mike

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Michael Helms
03-01-2017
08:23 AM CT (US)
Sorry, Dan. Tony Dow will not be able to join us this year due to a conflict. Don Ramlow and I had the chance to work with him at the SPERDVAC Con in Las Vegas and he checked his schedule and got back to us recently. We're shooting for next year. Mike

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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
02-28-2017
08:56 AM CT (US)
Michael, I'm confused. Somebody posted that Tony Dow was coming, but he's not listed on the website. Help?
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Michael Helms
02-28-2017
08:48 AM CT (US)
Hi All,
Here is the web site for the Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention. The detailed schedule will be up shortly, just making some last minute additions. Make sure to get your hotel reservation by April 4 for the convention rate.
http://www.kalamazooarts.org/page/glnostaglia
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Andrea Smith
02-27-2017
02:58 PM CT (US)
Thank you for finding a free parking location. Last year's parking garage took a huge chunk of change for me but I'm thankful I got the chance to come. I'm thinking of returning this year and many thanks to the Hughes family.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
02-21-2017
12:28 AM CT (US)
Information about the convention itself is still pretty sparse. Here's the link:

http://kalamazooarts.org/event/detail/4420...ostalgia_Convention

You'll note that it _still_ says "Check back Feb. 1, 2017 for registration details. Such details would presumably include both "admission prices" for attendees, but also rates for dealer tables.

Last year, the dealer's room was practically empty because the word didn't get out soon enough for dealers to schedule the weekend of the convention. I don't know how much advance notice is ideal, but better to have the dealer costs available sooner, rather than later, so more dealers are able to factor the convention into their schedules. Besides, with the hotel selected and room rates established, shouldn't costs for the use of "ballrooms" for the convention have also been established?

Could there be some other website with more detailed convention information? It seems odd that, three weeks after Feb. 1, there hasn't been any registration details. And no, convention registration isn't the same as hotel registration.

Hopefully Bob Burnham isn't alone in letting dealers know about the Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention; hopefully the convention organizers are getting the word out, too. Granted, not everyone attends for the merchandise in the dealers' room, but A) enough people might come to buy OTR-related material to make a difference in attendance numbers and B) some dealers, like Martin Grams, also put on programs. If he hadn't come to Kalamazoo last year, there would have been no Tallulah Bankhead presentation.

This is only the second year of the Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention and we can't assume that everyone who regularly attended the Cincinnati convention knows that this convention is the successor to/continuation of (however you want to look at it) that one. So, the convention website should be both easy to find and have as much detailed information as early as possible.

Rick.
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Paul Iverson from Rockfor
02-20-2017
02:56 PM CT (US)
Hello All,
Thanks for the info about the Hotel.
Looking forward to being there.
Paul
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Bob Burnham
02-20-2017
10:28 AM CT (US)
As an old-time radio vendor who has been around since "dirt" was invented, I missed the first Great Lakes Nostalgia convention, but attended almost every Cincinnati convention (including the very first one), and was on hand for most of the FOTR shows in Newark.

I'm gearing up for this years convention, and have actually promoted it in my last 2 mailings, but information on where dealers sign up (costs, etc.) seems to be sparse -- as in non-existant -- for the convention, or maybe I'm just too far removed, or it's too early (??). If there's any updates on this, someone please post it or let me know.
Thanks!
bob@brcbroadcast.com
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Michael Helms
02-04-2017
07:57 PM CT (US)
Thanks, Dan! Randy beat me to letting you know. That's great! Hope to see you all here. We feel this will be a great venue. If you'd put out the word to any vendors you know, we'd appreciate it. Also, would you be interested in doing a Trivia Contest on Friday night? If so, we'll plug it in to the schedule. Best,
Mike Helms

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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
02-03-2017
09:45 PM CT (US)
HOTEL INFO!

I Just got this information from Randy Larson:

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo, 3600 East Cork Street Court, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 (phone: 269-385-3922). $105.00 plus tax per night, but this special rate (normally around $179.00) only if booked by April 4.

Convention website for convention and hotel registrations, event times and general information is: http://www.kalamazooarts.com
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Stephen Jansen
01-18-2017
05:31 PM CT (US)
I checked out Four Points

a bit on Google Maps:

Looks similar to many of our hotels (as one might expect), but it does seem to have several nice cozy nooks where we could stay up late and discuss OTR and the good ol' days and play "Jackpardy" Jack Benny trivia (Karen Hughes, the undisputed champ), etc...these late-night bull sessions have been some of my favorite times at the previous conventions!

I'm looking forward to some DISCUSSION on this discussion board, too!

Anybody getting excited about the con (I am!)? What do you hope to see or hear? What shows did you miss out on in previous years that the dealers could be sure to bring this year? If money is a little bit tight for you, I expect THIS is the place to ask to bum a ride/share a room/split a samwich...

Hm?
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CPN1994@aol.com
09-21-2016
03:59 PM CT (US)
Jerry
I hope you can get this to Mr. Goldin.
Thank you.
 
   

There are words in the English language to describe my friend David Siegel, however the G-d of the universe did not give me the eloquence to say them, so I will rely on the Yiddish word Mench. A Mench is a good person, a trusted colleague, a person who goes out of his way to give advice, a trusted friend and a person you would care to measure up to. Dave was all this and so much more.
 
I had the extraordinary luck to meet David and Susan at a SPERDVAC convention about ten years ago and we hit it off immediately. We could not stop talking with each other. When I told David I was researching a 1932 radio program Meyer The Buyer by Harry Hershfield, David was amazed as he did not know about the program and could not believe that a collector from Louisville, Kentucky knew of a program he did not know! The friendship was glued and has never stopped. Over the years I have been blessed to have worked with David on transferring MD3's to regular CD's, Dave hated MP3's. Over the pleas of Susan I keep sending them, how could I refuse the master's request.
 
At the Newark Old Time Radio Convention or in Yorktown Height, David and Susan always made me and my wife Marilyn feel welcome as we made a yearly pilgrimage to see David and his wonderful wife Susan at least once or twice a year.
 
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