Join newsman, Jack Scot, as he takes us through a real Army camp to interview real soldiers as they get ready for Christmas dinner. A mess sergeant talks about what goes into the rations for each man. Being in the field near the front lines, a dining room in a near by home is to be used, unless orders come to move out beforehand. Mess tents would also be available to handle the troops.
There’s no opening to the show, and the drama gets started right off. When coming home in the evening, word comes that a telegram is waiting for Elliot and Cathy. Curiosity is the name of the day as they anticipate, and wonder what news the telegram might hold. Elliot is ready to turn in and get some rest, but Cathy can’t stand it, and spends a sleepless night. If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy, and she bugs Elliot enough to keep him alert and wondering over the news along with her.
Is it good news? Bad news? Telegrams were once fairly common, but even in their hey day, they weren’t particularly cheap, and people didn’t send one as freely as tweeting on twitter, or zapping an email. Emotions run from the nerveracking to the comical as the clock ticks slowly forward. It seems that morning will never arrive. How will it all turn out? The thrill is in the ride, and not necessarily in the destination, so listen in and enjoy the suspense of humanity and it’s roller coaster ride through life.
Tasked with writing a newspaper column, Lum tries to find his old typewriter. What will he write about? He does his best to do a gossip column to report on the movers and shakers of Pine Ridge. Racing against his deadline, his fact checking on a trip that the Frawley’s are making becomes his focus, and running gag through the show.
Who knew a trip to Hatfield could be the hotbed of social activity? What about the buried dynamite on their property, or the fact that Mrs Frawley has Mr Frawley tied up in the barn?
Ben Withers interupts with news about Osborn, who is planning a wedding. What about the news that Mrs Goshen is having quintuplets… again.
The interruptions keep coming when Sister Simpson pops in, concerned that Maude Tupes is out to steal her man. Abner and Ben had to cut their wedding visit short when a ire broke out at city hall. Still, Lum is mentally blocked as to what kind of news report he’ll write. As Lum continues honing his story about the Frawley trip, holes get poked into it, and he has to work it from different angles. I wonder if fWendell Niles might have a news spot from the sponsor angle?
Ben and Abner argue over a checker game, interrupted by Lum’s latest revisions. Okie Cates enters to make a phone call. There seems to be a plumbing emergency over at uncle Luke’s lunchroom. As Lum tries to do more fact checking on the phone, Opie gets drawn into his conversation. The very upset Luke Spears enters to complain about Opie running out on him in his time of need.
Lum is close to a nervous breakdown with all the distractions to his reporting. Interruptions are far from over when Mose Moots, played by Andy Devine, enters with his eye witness account of that city hall fire. How bad was the blaze? What difficulties did the fire department have in putting it out? The oblivious to real news, Lum, finally has his story on the Frawley’s finished. But there’s still one more disaster in his future with it.
Get a short dose of how the nation celebrated this post-war Christmas. Care packages are sent to troops still overseas, while kiddies go shopping, and take in the seasonal window dressing. Speeches from military leaders and others show promise as we move away from the crisis of war, and dealing with the peace that’s breaking out around the world.
Dateline, January 19:
- 1935 coopers inc. sells the first briefs.
- 1937 howard hughes sets a new record by flying from los angeles to new york in 7 hours 28 minutes.
- 1942 japanese forces invade berma.
- 1946 general douglas mac arthur organizes the international military tribunal to try japanese war criminals.
- 1953 68% of all televisions sets in america are tuned in to the i love lucy show, to watch lucy give birth.
- 1977 president gerald ford pardons tokyo rose. also snowfalls for the only recorded time in miami, florida and the bahamas.
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Dateline, January 18:
- 1919 the paris peace conference opens in versailles
- 1941 brittish troops launch a counter offensive against italian north africa.
- 1943 the warsaw uprising. jews in the warsaw ghetto rise up for the first time.
- 1944 soviet forces liberate leningrad, affectingly lifting the nazi siege known as the siege of leningrad.
- 1944 the metropolitan opera house held it’s first ever jazz concert. performers include: louis armstrong, lionel hampton, benny goodman, artie shaw, roy aldrich and jack teagarden.
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Dateline, January 17:
- 1917 the united states pays denmark 25 milliomn dollars for the virgin islands.
- 1929 popey the sailor man first appears in the thimble theater comic strip.
- 1945 the soviets capture the nearly destroyed city of warsaw. nazi forces begin the evacuation of auschwitz concentration camp as soviet forces move in.
- 1949 the goldbergs first airs, the first sit com on television.
- 1950 the great brinks robbery. 11 thieves steal more than 2 million dollars from an armored car company.
- 1961 president dwight eisenhower gives his televised, farewell speech to the nation, and warns of the danger in the build up of the military industrial complex.
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Dateline, January 16:
- 1909 the shackleton expedition finds the magnetic south pole.
- 1919 the temperance movement enfluences congress to ratify the 18th amendment to the constitution. prohibition is to begin one year after the ratification.
- 1942 TWA flight 3 crashes, killing all aboard, including film star carol lumbard.
- 1945 Adolphe hitler moves into his underground bunker.
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Dateline, January 15:
- 1919 boston molasses disaster. a large molasses tank ruptures, and a wave of molasses rolls down the street 21 are killed 150 are injured.
- 1936 the 1st building ever to be coated in glass is completed in toledo ohio. built for the owens illinois glass company.
- 1943 the worlds largest office building, the pentagon, is dedicated.
- 1967 the 1st super bowl is playued in los angeles. the green bay packers beat the kansas city chiefs, 35-10.
- 1969 the soviet union launches soyez 5.
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