James Best

Perhaps you’ve heard of James Best. Perhaps you haven’t.
But I’m betting you’ve seen him, especially if you watch Nick at Night.
James Best was (he’s still around, just retired) was a character actor. He played in over 600 TV episodes as a tough in shows like Gunsmoke, The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, rawhide, Wagon Train, and more.
But his most famous role was Roscoe P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard.

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Jean Shepherd Archives

Man, what a sheltered life I’ve led.
A couple of weeks ago, a visitor at my I Remember JFK nostalgia site suggested that I write a column about Jean Shepherd.
I went “Who?”
Well, I am now a dyed-in-the-wool fan of this absolutely captivating radio storyteller.

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia is coming up rapidly on its two millionth article.
The online anyone-can-edit encyclopedia has been around since January 15, 2001. It has developed into the internet’s ubiquitous source of knowledge.
I have been amazed by a few wonders that have hit huge on the web. Google, for example, continues to blow me away. I thought the ultimate search engine was Alta Vista before Google hit it big. Now, I don’t hesitate to use it for online searches, and would never use another unless the big G simply failed to deliver. That’s saying a lot coming from a man who writes 3-4 daily columns.

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Howdy Doody

Say Kids! What Time Is It?
Those words began a five-evening-a-week show that debuted way back in 1947. It entranced millions of kids, and it became a very strong part of American culture.
The show was Howdy Doody. It featured Buffalo Bob Smith, Clarabell the clown, Chief Thunderthud, and a host of other human characters. But the show’s real star was a marionette named Howdy Doody.

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