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Two Lum and Abner milestones observed Tuesday

By: 25 April 2011 5 Comments

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.

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

5 Comments »

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Many thanks to Ethan Nobles and First Arkansas News for helping us spread the word!

    Arkansas has a lot to be proud of.

    I hope everyone can attend the Lum and Abner Festival in Mena coming up in early June!

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Yeah! The festival. I’ll have a post up about that before too long.

    For those who want some more details about that festival, just go here.

  • Kenneth Smith said:

    Hey Uncle Donnie….how did I know you would be the first to post!! Thanks to this site for posting this. Not many people know that the town of Pine Ridge was originally the town of Waters. If anyone hasn’t had the chance to go to the museum in Pine Ridge I URGE you all to make it if you can. The people who run the museum are very nice folks. I have said this before but they even opened up the place for us PERSONALLY when we went down there in Feb. one year. Great place and great people. If you are a fan of Lum and Abner please join us at yahoo. Its the Lum and Abner fan club under groups.

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