Two Lum and Abner milestones observed Tuesday
The National Lum and Abner Society is reminding everyone that the old time radio franchise is coming up on two significant anniversaries on Tuesday (April 26).
For those who are unfamiliar with Lum and Abner, we’ve got a pretty good primer on the Arkansas comedy duo here at First Arkansas News. If you’d like to learn more about Lum and Abner, the National Lum and Abner Society is a very comprehensive resource. Of course, we’re rather partial to the comedy team because it was dreamed up and made successful by a couple of Arkansas natives, Chet Lauck and Norris “Tuffy” Goff.
So, what are the anniversaries? April 26 marks the 80th anniversary of the original old time radio program and you’ll find a detailed article about that milestone here. Tuesday also marks the 75th anniversary of the city of Pine Ridge, Ark., and you can read about that here.
Goff and Lauck based the characters that populated their program on people they knew when they were growing up in and around Waters, Ark. Those characters were found in the then fictional city of Pine Ridge, the epicenter of the Lum and Abner universe.
The Lum and Abner program proved so successful that an effort formed to change the name of Waters to Pine Ridge. The name of the city was changed accordingly 80 years ago.
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