[78-L] ARSC conference

Cary Ginell soundthink at live.com
Sun May 15 08:01:09 PDT 2011

Almost forgot to mention a very important development - the Library of Congress's "National Jukebox" made its debut this past Tuesday, and we learned a lot about the process of making some 10,000 early Victor performances available by streaming from David Sager, David Giovannoni, Sam Brylawyski, Caitlin Hunter, David Seubert, and Dawn Frank.

Cary Ginell

> From: soundthink at live.com
> To: 78-l at klickitat.78online.com
> Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 07:57:05 -0700
> Subject: [78-L] ARSC conference
> Just got back from a very successful ARSC conference. It was reported at
>  last night's banquet that 224 attended. For many, the highlight of the 
> conference was the re-creation of Norman Corwin's radio play "The 
> Undecided Molecule," which had its premiere in 1945. 
> Corwin himself, who just turned 101, was in attendance. He is visibly failing since the last time I saw him two years ago when he gave a riveting and lucid speech at our local library and signed autographs afterwards. 
> He is confined to a wheelchair now but appears to still be alert although he didn't talk much. 
> Seeing these actors performing this absolutely precious and funny work was a history-making experience. Norman Lloyd, who I found out later is 96 years old, looks at least 25 years younger. 
> His voice is still booming and his acting magnificent. And why shouldn't it be? He learned his trade as a member of Orson Welles' original Mercury Theater cast. 
> Janet Waldo (87) smiled constantly and was adorable. Phil Proctor (70), playing a judge wearing the standard British judicial wig, matched Lloyd's power, prowess, and humor. 
> Dick Van Patten (82), Marvin Kaplan (84), Richard Herd (78), veteran TV director Ivan Cury, and actress Melinda Peterson also participated. In the audience, enjoying the proceedings, 
> were Frank Bank ("Lumpy" on "Leave It to Beaver") and legendary radio host Frank Bresee. What a grand time it was to see these performers FLAWLESSLY bringing Corwin's words to life once again. 
> I must also add that live sound effects were provided by the esteemed audio theater producer Tony Palermo and son. 
> Although this was the coup de grace of the conference, there were many other high points. A wide variety of subjects covered included Bob Wills' Tiffany Transcriptions, a new book on Starday records, the Frank Zappa archive,
> Phonogram images on paper dating back to the Middle Ages, a discussion of records made by TV stars of the 1960s (Paul Peterson, Ron Dante, & Wink Martindale participated), a look back at
> legendary Top 40 powerhouse KHJ radio (my talk, with a fabulous guest appearance by original Boss Jock Sam Riddle), the Collector's Guide to Victor Records by Michael Sherman and Kurt Nauck, 
> '70s R&B label Solar Records, William Ferris' magnificent photographs of African American musicians in Mississippi in the 1970s, legendary co-founder of Modern Records Joe Bihari (a delightful and erudite gentleman),
> and too many more to mention here. If you missed ARSC this year, the next event will be next May in Rochester, New York, under the auspices of the Eastman School of Music.
> I'm sure others will have comments about the conference here, but I just wanted to say that it was a rousing success and highly entertaining and informative. I urge all ARSC members to make every effort
> to not only come, but to offer their own expertise to the roster of presenters.
> Cary Ginell
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