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National Lum and Abner Society has back issues of ‘Jot ‘Em Down Journal’ available

By: 8 August 2010 5 Comments

One of the first articles to appear here on First Arkansas News was one about Lum and Abner — a couple of old time radio comedians created by two Arkansas boys.

That post got quite a bit of attention, due in no small part to the assistance of Donald “Donnie” Pitchford, president of the National Lum and Abner Society. It’s hard to beat Pitchford’s knowledge of Lum and Abner, and the same can be said of a lot of members of the Lum and Abner Society.

The Lum and Abner Society published the Jot ‘Em Down Journal for years. That newsletter is gone now, but there are plenty of back issues available — good news for anyone wanting to get some inside knowledge about Lum and Abner. Here’s a note from Pitchford about the availability of those back issues:

Hello friends,

From 1984 to 2007, the National Lum and Abner Society published the bimonthly “Jot ‘Em Down Journal,” a 12-page magazine-style newsletter printed in glossy paper and loaded with articles and rare photos of Lum and Abner and their many associates.

We have gone through our files and collected the remaining back issues and are selling them for bargain prices on the NLAS website. The NLAS is still “alive” but we’re now a web-based group. Anyone can join by simply letting us know you’re interested, and there is no charge to be a member.

Please visit the website at your convenience and if you’d like to pick up some of our “Jot ‘Em Down Journals,” it would be appreciated. The earnings from this sale will go toward financing the web hosting fees.

Check us at this address: and look for the links to take you to our “shelves.” Only the 1994-99 issues are listed right now, but as I have time I will be adding lots more, so please check back often.

Thanks everyone!
“Uncle Donnie” Pitchford

If you’ve got any questions, you can email Pitchford here.

By the way, we at First Arkansas News don’t get a dime if we refer anyone interested in buying back issues to the good people at the Lum and Abner Society. I’m just mentioning the availability of those back issues in hopes of sharing an interest of mine and helping out some friends of this site in the process.

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  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Ethan, thanks so much for calling attention to our back issue sale! By the time your readers see this, I will have all the available issues posted, from the 1980s to 2007. Many have sold out already, so I encourage anyone interested in “old time radio,” specifically Lum and Abner, to check the pages and see what we have to offer.

    Many don’t realize Lum and Abner worked with other celebrities along the way. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Barbara Stanwyck, Done Ameche, Robert Taylor, Clark Gable, Phil Harris, Andy Devine, Frances Langford, and many others I’m surely forgetting crossed their pathes, and the “Journal” makes mention of this type of info. It also remembers the Arkansas connections of the show, such as the amazing time the town of Waters was changed to Pine Ridge.

    Thanks to all for keeping the memories of Lum and Abner alive!

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