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April Fools’ Day wackiness

By: 1 April 2011 3 Comments

Indeed, it’s April 1 and everyone knows what that means — it’s time to pester friends, coworkers and loved ones with a bunch of pranks and yell “gotcha!” whenever one hits as planned.

As expected, the Internet was brimming with all manner of April Fools’ gags today and a couple of them caught the attention of us here at First Arkansas News.

One that falls under the categories of  “harmless fun” and “for old time radio fans only” has to do with an announcement posted by the cats over at the National Lum and Abner Society.

What was that one all about? Why, the details of a freshly discovered movie from the guys down in Pine Ridge, Ark. Curious? Sure you are. If you weren’t, you would have quit reading some time ago. Just click here to give it a look. Wacky!

The mastermind behind that one is none other than Donnie Pitchford, president of the National Lum and Abner Society. Pitchford has been a true friend to First Arkansas News, so we want to return the favor when we can and mention some things that he — and/or his organization — are doing to keep alive the memory of one of the better comedy teams from Arkansas.

To that end, we want to mention that Pitchford will be interviewed Saturday night on a broadcast by Yesterday USA Networks and streamed live on the Internet. Click here for more details and keep this in mind — Pitchford will be taking questions, so make sure to tune in and take part in the conversation.

Now, here’s something that belongs in the April Fools’ Day category whether it was intended as a joke or not — there’s a lot of coverage on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ official home on the Internet about opening day. Why’s that a hoot? Pittsburgh stinks and we like to make fun of them, particularly First Arkansas News owner Ethan C. Nobles has the great misfortune of being a lifelong Pirates fan.

Pittsburgh hasn’t had a winning season since 1992. Yes, you read that right — 1992. Early team reports suggest there’s little reason to expect this year to be any different from any season since 1993 through which the team has staggered. Join me, faithful readers, in reciting what should be the team’s official rallying cry — “Go Pirates! Try your best.”

Finally, check out the below video from RISMedia that was intended as an April Fools’ Day joke:

Zany, huh? It would have been a lot funnier if it didn’t come across as the typical sunshine RISMedia shamelessly pumps on an almost daily basis. Still, it was a good try from the self-proclaimed keepers of the “real” real estate news and the crew over there deserves some credit for that.

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


  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    I doggies, thanks for pluggin’ the work of the NLAS, but dad-blame it (that’s clean I think), you made two mistakes, Ethan.

    First off, hit ain’t “Pea Ridge” them ol’ fellers is from, it’s PINE Ridge. I’ll send Lon Stucker after you fer that’n. He’ll deal with ya. He an’ his good womern Kathy run that Jot ‘Em Down Store and Lum and Abner Museum these days. The store is the same one ol’ Dick Huddleston ran!

    Second, Lum and Abner ain’t “one of the better Arkansas comedy teams,” they’s the ONE AN’ ONLY BESTEST!

    Glad I was able to correct ya.

    Seriously, all in fun! Thank you Ethan and First Arkansas News!

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Pea Ridge? Where the heck did I come up with that?

    By the way, some of the old timers up in northwest Arkansas simply refer to Pea Ridge as “Urine Hill.”

    Funny stuff…

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    I’ve been to Pea Ridge! My kinfolk are from up in that neck of the woods.

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