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‘Lum and Abner’ show – alive and well in 2010

By: 24 April 2010 56 Comments

There’s not been a live broadcast of the Lum and Abner radio show since 1954, but the show still has fans today. From 1931 through 1955, the Lum and Abner show gave rise to seven movies, hours of classic radio and was even responsible for changing the name of the west Arkansas town on which the series was based.

Norris “Tuffy” Goff and Chester Lauck – two Natural State natives who attended the University of Arkansas – devised the series based on characters in Waters, Ark. Goff played Abner Peabody and Lauck played Columbus “Lum” Edwards, who owned and operated the Jot ‘em Down store in Pine Ridge. The show – which existed primarily in 15-minute, daily installments – endured through 1954 and ran at various points on the ABC, CBS, NBC and Mutual Broadcasting networks.

Dick Huddleston, the owner of the general store and post office on which the show was based, petitioned the U.S. Post Office to change the name of the community from Waters to Pine Ridge. The current day owners of Huddleston’s store – Noah “Lon” and Kathryn Moore Stucker – still operate the post office and run the original stores owned by Huddleston as the Jot ‘em Down store and Lum and Abner Museum.

The popular theory is that the Waters City Council changed the name of the town from Waters to Pine Ridge in 1936 in honor of the show. That’s not exactly true, Kathryn Stucker said. Waters – much like present day Pine Ridge – never was large enough to be a town with a city council. Instead, she said Huddleston petitioned the U.S. Post Office for permission to change the name of the local office from Waters to Pine Ridge.

That request was granted and the name of the community changed with the post office. Pine Ridge still isn’t large enough incorporate as a town as only about 21 people live there – just slightly less than were in the community back when it was called Waters.

Stucker said the Jot ‘em Down Store and Lum and Abner Museum still pulls in visitors from around Arkansas, the United States and even some international visitors attracted by nostalgia and a desire to understand a bit about the history of rural America. Indeed, the Lum and Abner show is part of that history.

“This is clean, honest humor,” Stucker said of the series. “This is good Americana.”

Stucker said the “clean, honest humor” of the show may be one of those things that keeps people interested. And, yes, people are indeed interested in Lum and Abner. Nationally, the show can be heard on Sirius and XM satellite radio outlets and – in Arkansas – radio stations in Benton, Fort Smith, Mena and other areas carry reruns of the show. Stucker said the show can even be heard in Chicago and some other American cities where people still have an interest in old time radio (OTR) programs.

It only makes sense for Lum and Abner to run on radio stations in Chicago and Mena. Pine Ridge, located in Montgomery County (Mount Ida is the county seat there) is located just 20 miles from Mena and the show originated from Chicago for years.

The appeal of the show certainly helped convince the Stuckers to run the store, post office and museum for the past 30 years. In fact, ownership of Huddleston’s original store is generational. Ralph and Dorothy McClure – Noah’s step-father and mother – purchased the store in 1969 from Ethel Graham, Huddleston’s daughter. The Stuckers took over the business in 1979 and have since helped develop the museum.

Stucker said the store still has episodes of the Lum and Abner show for sale and some other material, such as a book she wrote called Hello, this is Lum and Abner: The story of Lum and Abner’s Jot ‘Em Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. That book is available for $5 – inquiries about purchasing the book, past radio shows and a list of items for sale at the store can be had by sending Stucker an email to kmstucker@earthlink.net. To visit the Jot ‘em Down Store and Lum and Abner Museum on the Internet, point your browser to www.lum-n-abner.com – a very solid and concise history of the show is available there.

Who buys items from the store? Stucker said there are a number of new – and longtime – old time radio show fans who make the trip to Pine Ridge and a good number of people are led there through nostalgia – they grew up listening to the show with the parents and grandparents and can’t resist the urge to stop by the store when they’re in the area.

Donald “Donnie” Pitchford, president of the National Lum and Abner Society, is one of those people who was attracted to the show through nostalgia and a “family connection.” After a few episodes, however, he was an avid fan of the series.

“I got interested in Lum and Abner as a kid,” Pitchford said. “I heard my dad talk about it because he grew up hearing it.”

Pitchford said he first ran across Lum and Abner back when “rural” comedy programs such as the Andy Griffith Show, the Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Petticoat Junction were on in vogue on television. Pitchford said his dad described Lum and Abner as being similar to those programs. He said those conversations led to his interest in old time radio – he noticed that television shows ranging from The Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke to Dragnet and Burns and Allen started out on radio.

Pitchford started seeking out tape reels of radio shows and record albums in high school. He eventually started buying cassette tapes with OTR shows on them and, in 1981, he started recording Lum and Abner shows that were played on a local radio station. That was when he was on summer break from college.

“After a couple of weeks, I was hooked,” he said. “It was almost like listening to my dad’s brothers and my uncles when they were still alive. … It was almost like a family reunion, listening to some of those shows.”

Pitchford, now a Texan, said his father grew up in Arkansas (Mountain Home, to be precise) and always thought of the show as a local phenomenon. He was unaware that the show was national and, at least once, international. Pitchford said the Lum and Abner show was the first one to feature a transcontinental, live broadcast with Goff in Chicago and Lauck in London.

Pitchford said the Lum and Abner Society has a copy of that broadcast and a whole lot more – over the years, the society has built up a large collection of radio shows and hundreds of transcription discs (16-inch master recordings of the show). The society started in 1984 after Pitchford, David Miller, Sam Brown, Tim Hollis and George Lillie (Pitchford never met Lillie — he linked the fans together through correspondence) met through their mutual enthusiasm for the radio show.

In 1982 and 1983, they met during the annual Lum and Abner day in Pine Ridge and discussed organinzing the society. In 1984, the society was organized – Hollis put together a prototype of a newsletter and Pitchford was “volunteered” as the society’s president. His first duty was to contact Chet Lauck Jr. to get permission to organize the society.

Lauck Sr. died in 1980 and his son helped handle the estate’s affairs. Pitchford said he visited with Lauck Jr. and got permission to organize the society.

The society started publishing the Jot ‘em Down Journal in earnest and held its first convention in the summer of 1985 in Pine Ridge. The conventions were yearly events through 2005 and featured radio actors, writers, announcers and a producer affiliated with the show.

One important role the society played was building “probably the single largest collection” of Lum and Abner programs. Pitchford said programs were donated to the society and there was a time when recordings were sold to the general public.

Perhaps the most important aspect of building up that library of programs, Pitchford said, was to preserve them. For years, OTR programs were preserved on media – cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes and record discs – that deteriorate over time.

Preserving those shows, Pitchford said, is easier with MP3s and digital audio. However, Pitchford said that’s a dual-edged sword – people can build collections of shows for very little money these days so it’s difficult for an archival group to recover its costs for preserving shows.

Still, Pitchford said he’s glad there are groups out there that are preserving shows on MP3s because the very fact that classic shows like Lum and Abner will be available for future generations is important.

Pitchford said he’s learned first hand that Lum and Abner fans can come from those future generations. He’s retiring from his role as a broadcast journalism professor at Carthage, Texas, High School and has introduced his students to Lum and Abner over the years.

“I think if they’re exposed in the right way and they have an appreciation of the history of broadcasting … there’s a good chance they’ll get interested,” Pitchford said.

Pitchford said the society hasn’t had a convention since 2005, but there were some attendees who were teenagers coming to those last conventions. The appeal for the show, he said, is still there. Pitchford said he’s proud that the society had a role in that – a lot of the shows out there today were originally preserved in the society’s archives and are now widely available for people to enjoy.

Pitchford said he hopes more people listen to them and get past the notion that the program casts a bad light on Arkansans. He pointed out that the comedy actually presents Arkansans in a positive light – the characters on Lum and Abner were primarily rural (and based on people who actually lived in Waters/Pine Ridge) and they typically managed to get a leg up on slickers that came to town with schemes to dupe the citizens. The wit and wisdom displayed by the characters was novel and fairly representative of people in Arkansas in the 1930s through the 1950s.

Pitchford said the society peaked with about 800 members and has had about 2,000 total members over the years. He said the society once published the Jot ‘em Down Journal bi-monthly for 20 years, but went quarterly and stopped publishing it a few years ago in favor of running the National Lum and Abner Society site on the Internet.

He said the society scaled back for a simple reason – a lot of the people who were very active in it had to cut back on their involvement.

“We just kind of ran out of time and people, but we don’t want to let it die,” Pitchford said.

Pitchford is retiring and said he’s got a lot of plans for the society. He plans to start putting some of the back issues of the newsletter up for sale and to offer some copies of original Lum and Abner scripts to the public, too. He said there are plans in the works to start having conventions again, but they’ll probably be called reunions when they are reinstated. Pitchford added that the Lauck family is working on getting more programs and Lum and Abner movies in circulation and pointed out that Stucker family has always done an excellent job of keeping people interested in the radio show.

Lum and Abner may have gone off the air almost 60 years ago, but there is still plenty of interest in the series. Pitchford, the Stuckers and other groups and individuals have worked over the years to make sure Pine Ridge, Ark., is a frequent stop for those who enjoy American popular culture.

For more information about Lum and Abner, visit the National Lum and Abner society at www.LumAndAbnerSociety.org or the Stuckers’ site at www.lum-n-abner.com. You can buy shows through the Stuckers or visit the famed OTRCat on the Internet (just click here for The Cat).

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

56 Comments »

  • Mike Davis said:

    We have tens of thousands of Free Old Time Radio Downloads including Lum and Abner ( my all time favorite ) At the Internet Archives Old Time Radio section. You may also listen onsite. Stop by and say Howdy.

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Been there a time or two. Great resource. Thanks for the tip!

  • Kathy Stucker said:

    Thanks for the great article about “Lum and Abner” and Pine Ridge, AR. I hope many of your readers can come visit us in the “Lum and Abner Museum” in Pine Ridge. We are on Hwy 88 between Mt Ida and Mena, and only 60 mi from Hot Springs. Mention this website and get a free “Round Tuit” !!!
    Kathy Stucker

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    That’s right — every fan should visit over there at least once. I haven’t been in years — need to show up again.

    Oh, and a big THANK YOU (in all caps, even) for your help on this. I do appreciate it!

  • Dave @ The Model Garage said:

    Thanks for the great article. And thanks to Donnie for his continual participation in keeping one of my father’s favorite programs going – Lum and Abner.

  • Robert Flood said:

    “Uncle” Donnie Pitchford, Tim Hollis, and “Singing” Sam Brown are true old time radio heroes for saving Lum and Abner transcription recordings!

    These remarkable gentlemen, along with the Stuckers, have worked tirelessly to preserve history in a way we never had before and that is with the actual voices of the past speaking to directly to each new generation. The wit and wisdom is timeless and I am glad to see the National Lum and Abner Society and the Jot’em Down Store is still making history by listening to the past.
    AMB,
    Robert Flood, Allen, Texas

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Dave — Ditto on that — the Society has done some great work through the years. We should all appreciate the valuable effort.

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Robert — I couldn’t agree more with every bit of that.

  • Scott Lauck said:

    Enjoyed your article Ethan. My grandfather was Chet Lauck. He and Tuffy Goff loved performing L&A on radio and in their movies. He would be proud of and thrilled by the efforts of Donnie Pitchford, Tim Hollis and Sam Brown in putting together the National Lum ‘n Abner Society which has helped maintain interest in the program for so many years. Special thanks to the Stuckers for keeping the L&A nostalgia alive with the Jot ‘em Down Store and Museum in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. It’s well worth a visit and it’s not far from Mena, the town where my grandfather and Tuffy grew up.

    Scott Lauck

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Scott — Wow. Your kind words mean a lot. And let me tell you, your grandfather’s work has meant a lot to my family. I have some fond memories of those times I listened to “Lum and Abner” with my dad and he’s still a fan. Truth be told, I am, too (hence my interest in putting together the article).

    Good luck to you, and thanks for the comment!

  • Grace Tilley said:

    I really liked this article. I had Mr. Pitchford as my teacher in high school, and he definitely made it interesting. Through his teaching and even more so from this article it has opened my eyes and my friends to the hard work and fascinating history behind broadcasting.

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Grace — I’d be willing to be that was a fun class. I’ve only visited with Mr. Pitchford for about an hour by phone, but he came across as a genuinely warm and witty person.

    Thanks for the comment.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    It’s great to see the names of friends and former students in the comments above!

    Today, April 26, 2010 is the 79th anniversary of the first “Lum and Abner” broadcast on KTHS Radio, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Your article has excellent timing!

    Thanks again for the interview and your fine article.

    God bless…

  • Mike Ambrose said:

    A very nice article, well-researched and knowledgeable about the subject. I have my friend Donnie to thank for introducing me to L&A in the past few months. I never knew what I was missing!

  • JERRY WILLIAMS said:

    GREETINGS ALL,
    WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO THE OTR CONVENTION IN CINCINATTI, OHIO AND WILL STOP AT THE JOT-M-DOWN STORE WHEN I VISIT FRIENDS IN FORT SMITH, ARK.ON THE WAY BACK TO CALIFORNIA. BARBARA AND I HAVE VISITED THE STORE A NUMBER OF TIME AND REALLY ENJOY IT.
    THANKS KATHY AND LON FOR ALL YOUR DEDICATION AND WE WILL SEE YOU NEXT MONTH.
    BARBARA & JERRY WILLIAMS

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Wow! Some of the comments I’ve received on here (plus and email or two I’ve gotten) as a result of this article have been encouraging, to say the least. I may be on to something with this little blogging project. Stories like this one are a joy to write — fortunately, I found the correct people to call so I could put something together that people enjoy.

    Again, thanks to Donnie Pitchford and Kathy Stucker for taking some time to visit with me. Y’all are great!

  • David J. Hogan said:

    I became acquainted with Donnie Pitchford a few years ago, when he kindly gave me help with a film-related book I was doing. Initially, neither of us was aware of our mutual interest in OTR, but over the years Donnie hooked me up with his school’s broadcasts. Lum and Abner is a gem, no doubt, and Donnie and other “activist” OTR aficionados have done a lot to see that this fabulous art form isn’t forgotten.

  • Nicola Cuti said:

    For years I listened to tapes of those old radio shows while I worked as an artist for many of the Hollywood studios. They were not only company to an artist forced to work alone but also a source of inspiration. So glad Donnie Pitchford and others are working hard to preserve these old shows and, maybe, bring some of them back?

  • GARY L. CHERRY said:

    GREAT ARTICLE ETHAN AND THANKS TO MR PITCHFORD AND THE STUCKER FAMILY FOR KEEPING “LUM AND ABNER” IN THE WORLD.
    CHET LAUCK AND TUFFY GOFF WERE SOME OF THE BEST RADIO ACTORS IN THE WORLD. THEY MADE YOU FEEL YOU WERE RIGHT THERE IN THE JOT’EM DOWN STORE WHEN THE SHOWS ARE PLAYED.
    THANK YOU FOR KEEPING IT ALIVE.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    I must have made an error in my comment above. If you click on the name “Donnie Pitchford” you are magically transported to where our old website used to be and you get a strange, black screen with an element or two of the old one but nothing else. Let’s see if I have corrected it this time!

    And thanks again for everyone reading and posting comments!

  • Edwin E. Smith said:

    Nicola, I know you mostly as a comic book artist, I didn’t realize you worked in the movies as well. I assume you mean storyboards or production art of some kind, is any of that posted on the internet where we could see it?

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Oh, wait! That’s Nick Cuti, the creator of E-Man? And visiting this little old site, yet. Pretty cool — got the entire First Comics run of that series.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Nick Cuti is one of the major talents in the comic book industry. I befriended his “boss” George Wildman almost 40 years ago when I wrote a fan letter regarding his work on “Popeye.” A few years later, George sent me a free comic book. “This is something new created by my assistant editor. It’s called ‘E-Man.’ I think you’ll like it.” I certainly did! This was the original Charlton run of “E-Man.”

    Nick and Joe Staton have done some NEW ones! Be sure to check them out. They’re published by Digital Webbing. A quick Google search will locate them for you.

    Nick also produced a series of radio dramas called “Captain Cosmos, the Last Starveyer” which my students and I had the honor to broadcast on our “Golden Age of Radio” show in 2005. Naturally, we ran “Lum and Abner” whenever we could. The radio station owner didn’t want a steady run of one show, though, he wanted a rotation. We had a lot of fun though.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    I just noticed something in the article. Ethel Huddleston Graham was actually Dick Huddleston’s daughter and not granddaughter. Ethel’s first husband passed away after a long illness. Later, she married a gentleman named Charlie Ball. Ethel and Charlie lived across the highway from the store and museum and was always a great friend to everyone who visited Pine Ridge. She was quite a lady. In her youth, she had even dated Tuffy Goff occasionally.

  • Nicola Cuti said:

    So nice to be recognized. Thank you Edwin and Ethan. Yes, I am the Nick Cuti who worked in comics and I did write and co-create “E-Man” but I also worked in Hollywood as a background designer for animated cartoons such as “Gargoyles”, “Exo-Squad”, “Defenders of the Earth”, “101 Dalmations” and many others for Disney, Universal, Sony and others. Right now I’m working as an indie producer for live action movies. Jack of all trades and–” well, you know the rest. Donnie Pitchford is an old friend who directed me to the site and a very talented man in his own right. Do not let his “aw shucks t’wernt nothing” attitude fool you.

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Donnie — You are totally right. I changed that. Thanks for pointing out the error.

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Nicola — very glad you stopped in, truly. Thanks for coming by and thanks to Donnie for sending you over here!

  • Martha H. Smith said:

    Dear Ethan,

    This is really very interesting; makes me want to visit sometime when the Texas branch of “The Fam” is back in the Natural State-Very proud of you-Keep up the Good Work-Aunt Martha

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Well, I’ll declare — it’s Aunt Martha! Glad you stopped by — you might want to consider clicking on that “sign up by email” link in the right sidebar so you’ll start out every morning with the latest posts from First Arkansas News.

    Meanwhile, let me know when you’re in Benton next and tell Uncle Tim and the kids “hi” for me.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Bob Bowman, a longtime member of the National Lum and Abner Society, has a new article about his Lum and Abner experiences at this address:
    http://lufkindailynews.com/life/community_news/article_cd9cf25e-6526-11df-807c-001cc4c002e0.html

  • Adam B. Schwartz said:

    I just discovered Lum and Abner a few weeks before and I’ve fallen in love with it. I find most (all?) old time radio comedy to be quite dated and not very funny. But Lum and Abner make me laugh. I also appreciate their superb acting.

  • Scott D. Vroegindewey said:

    All these posts tell me Lum and Abner are alive and well in 2010! Their humor is timeless.

    One of the shows I have is a Thanksgiving recording from 1953. It is a couple of hours long. I am trying to find out the names of the artists whose music was played. Please help!

    My favorite 15-minute episode is their annual Christmas special in which Lum, Abner, and Grandpappy Spears venture out in the deep snow to bring food and other stuff to a stranded couple naned Mary and Joseph, and Mary was about to give birth to a baby…mirroring exactly what happened on that first Christmas all those years ago.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Adam, give “The Jack Banny Program” a try too. With any of these shows, it helps if you learn a bit about them and listen to several shows until the characters begin to fit into place. Some of the best comedy and best characters can be found in old time radio.

    Scott, I agree about L&A being timeless. And their annual Christmas show was truly a classic. You may know this, but they did it every year, beginning in 1933. We (the National Lum and Abner Society) located the previously-lost transcription discs to some of the Christmas shows. I think 1938 or ’39 is the earliest one that is known to exist.

    We also found a set of damaged discs on that 1953 “Thanksgiving in Pine Ridge.” You say you have both hours? I know we released the first hour but the second hour was so damaged we were trying to find replacement recordings of the songs to patch in. Please let me know what you have found.

    Thanks to all who have responded to this article! I do hope to get to work on the NLAS website soon, but “stuff keeps happenin'” and I can’t seem to get at it.

  • V.E.G. said:

    Both Chester Lauck and Norris Goff are direct descendants of the American Revolution! They are good friends!

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Hi Lum and Abner fans,

    We have just posted a batch of back issues of our 1984-2007 publication, “The Jot ‘Em Down Journal,” for sale on the National Lum and Abner Society website.

    Right now, we have only our extra file copies from the years 1994 to 1999, but soon we will add more. We’re selling them at bargain prices to defray the cost of the website and to clear our stock.

    Each issue is usually 12 pages on glossy paper with lots of rare photos and articles about Lum and Abner and their many associates through the years.

    Two issues have already sold out! Go to our site and check them out, and please tell all your friends who love old time radio. You don’t have to pay a membership fee.

    The site is http://www.lumandabnersociety.org

    Thanks!
    Donnie Pitchford

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    I’m back again, with updates. The NLAS website now has two volumes of “The Lum and Abner Scripts” available for sale. We also have a new page, “The Mail Hack Mail Sack” for fans of “Lum and Abner” to submit comments and questions.

    Give us a visit at http://www.lumandabnersociety.org and tell us you saw it here!

    Donnie Pitchford / NLAS
    Carthage, Texas

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    This is a November update! The NLAS is now sold out of the “Lum and Abner Scripts” books, but we still have about 35 different back issues of “The Jot ‘Em Down Journal” for sale. Many have sold out, and we only have a few from the 1980s-early 90s, but later issues are in good supply.

    Thanks to everyone who has visited the NLAS site and helped us by buying back issues!

    And check out OTR Cat! I’ve found some excellent, classic radio programs there.

    “Wonderful World!”

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    December update! Please check the National Lum and Abner Society website for a “reprint” of our 1986 illustrated short story adaptation of “Lum and Abner’s Traditional Christmas Story.” It’s based on the original “Lum and Abner” classic written by Chet Lauck, Norris Goff and (with slight 1940s modifications by) Roswell Rogers. Tim Hollis wrote the short story adaptation and some odd character named Donnie Pitchford did the illustrations. It’s our Christmas gift to anyone who loves Lum and Abner and/or a good story! Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus Christ!

  • Mark Pelletier said:

    Howdy Folks! I work a night job, so on my nights off I tend to be awake until fairly late. I’m a huge fan of old-time radio programs – the internet certainly has its downside, but the exposure it gives to OTR shows is nothing short of a true blessing.

    Tonight (okay, okay – this morning) I just watched the first Lum and Abner movie, ‘Dreaming Out Loud.’ My oh my, what sheer delight. Now I don’t say that I’m as bad at weepin’ at the drop of a hat as our new Speaker of the House in D.C. No, I don’t say it, but that doesn’t mean it ain’t so – heck, those old ‘Reach out and touch someone’ television commercials could get me going, in my weaker moments. Well, watching that movie got me going a time or three.

    Let me just say this about Chester Lauck: I don’t believe I have ever seen a more sincerely gentle and generous face on film, not ever. My ‘waterworks’ did not first kick in when the little girl was killed by the hit-and-run driver; no, my first tears came a minute or so before that tragedy, when ‘Lum’ gave her the handkerchief with Little Red Riding Hood embroidered on it. The look on his face just melted my heart – I don’t think he was even acting.

    Young people today need to be exposed to things like this. In watching such portrayals of gentility and neighborliness, perhaps the seeds will be sown to spur a return to such values. From much of what we see around us these days, perhaps the parents and grandparents of those young people could use a dose of such exposure, as well. We all need uplifting examples that inspire us to follow and listen to the ‘angels of our better natures.’

    My apologies for being so ‘windy’ here. I stumbled across your website and just had to share my delight with folks who’d be inclined to understand what I am trying to say. And if that tough-looking fellow they now call Mr. Speaker in D.C. isn’t afraid to shed a tear or two, then I guess this 52-year-old gruff ol’ cabbie won’t be, either.

    God bless you all, and God bless Chester Lauck and Norris Goff. Now I’m going to go find another of their movies to fall asleep to; I’ve a hunch my dreams will be good ones.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Mark,

    I just read your post. Great sentiments and I agree! I invite you to check out the National Lum and Abner Society site. I think you’ll enjoy it!

    We had the honor of having Bobs Watson, the little boy in “Dreaming Out Loud” as a guest star at our 1990 NLAS Convention in Mena, and in 1992 we had Louise Currie who was in “The Bashful Bachelor.” It took a little while but we finally had Kay Linaker of “Two Weeks to Live” in 1998, 2003 and 2005! What great folks they all were! Only Miss Currie is still with us.

    I’m glad you enjoy the movies as well as the radio shows.

    “Wonderful World!”

  • V.E.G. said:

    Chester Harris Lauck is a direct descendant of de Heriez.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Ferlin Husky, 1925-2011: Ferlin Husky, country-western singer and entertainer, used to incorporate impersonations of Lum and Abner into his act. Under the novelty record name “Simon Crum,” Husky recorded “Country Music is Here to Stay” featuring an opening and closing routine by “Rum and Lavender,” who were obvious spoofs of Lum and Abner. To learn more, I invite everyone to visit our NLAS website where we have a memorial page with links to YouTube video of Mr. Jusky performing the song.

    Thanks!

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    I doggies, I cain’t hardly spell. Above I wrote “Mr. Jusky” when I meant “Mr. Husky.” I ort ta be bored fer th’ simples.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Folks, if you like Lum and Abner, be sure to check out the proposed “Lum and Abner” comic strip from First Arkansas News! If you are not familiar with “Lum and Abner,” that’s okay. I think you just might like it. Thanks!

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    I want to sincerely thank everyone who has made this possible!

    I encourage everyone to subscribe to First Arkansas News by e-mail so you can receive the handy daily summary of new articles. This will help you to remember to read “Lum and Abner” every Sunday also!

    Remember, you who were interested and generous made this happen! I feel truly honored!

    Donnie Pitchford
    Carthage, Texas

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Bob Burchett is preparing an article about Lum and Abner for the “Old Radio Times” magazine. This is available online as a publication of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. I encourage you to visit them at http://www.otrr.org and I am certain you will be very pleased. This is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group, and their work is incredible! The pages I saw from the upcoming issue feature some fascinating articles (in addition to the Lum and Abner content). You can sign up for free copies of their amazing “Old Radio Times” very easily. Please give them a visit!

  • Mary Anne said:

    found 1939 published book at yard sale
    loved it so i looked and found your scite looking forward to checking out some of the programs

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Hi folks! So far, the original art for “Lum and Abner” comic strips #1, 4, 7, and 30 have been claimed by sponsors. Please be sure to check with us to make sure what is available, and check back here as well. Thank you!

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Update on the availability of original L&A art! The following pages have been claimed (and some are being mailed Friday, June 1, 2012): #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 15, 16, 21, 28, 30, 34, 38, and 41. Thanks, everyone!

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Revised list of “Lum and Abner” art that is no longer available:
    #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 21, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 41, 42, 52

    $50 or more gets you your choice of an (available)page of art. You can sponsor “Lum and Abner” any time! Your sponsorship/link will be good for one full year. It is important that we keep income flowing on this project, and we do appreciate everyone’s help. Thank you!

    The art is black India ink on 11 x 17-inch Bristol (no color – that is added digitally).

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Lum is running for President in the “Lum and Abner” comic strip! Will he win?

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Hap-hap-happy New Year – 2013!

  • bill long said:

    chet and tuffy were geniouses. im a mena native, too. proud to claim them as neighbors. listened to many episodes. we need their wit in our modern times. 01.04.13

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Thank you, Bill Long! Glad to see a new post on this article! I’m also proud that “Lum and Abner” the comic strip is published by “The Mena Star!” I hope our friends in Mena will let them know they appreciate it.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    A new story begins in the Lum and Abner comic strip on Sunday, March 17, 2013! It features guest stars in the audio cast!

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    During March-May 2013, the audio versions of the “Lum and Abner” comic strip will feature this cast:

    Tim Hollis – Lum, Cedric, Grandpappy Spears.

    Sam Brown – Dick Huddleston, narrator, sound effects.

    Marc Ridgeway – Music, electronic sound effects.

    Donnie Pitchford – Abner, Squire Skimp, writer/cartoonist.

    Daron McDaniel – Washington.

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