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Bob Bob and Ray Keener Than Most Persons
Author: David Pollock
Forward by: Dave Letterman

Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were true game changers. Never playing to the balcony, Bob and Ray instead entertained each other. Because they believed in their nuanced characters and absurd premises, their audience did, too. Their parodies – broadcasting about broadcasting – existed in their own special universe. A complete absence of show-biz slickness set them apart from the very institution they were mocking, yet were still a part of. They resisted being called comedians and never considered themselves “an act.” Bob and Ray, Keener Than Most Persons traces the origins and development of the pair's unique sensibility that defined their dozens of local and network radio and TV series, later motion picture roles, Carnegie Hall performances, and hit Broadway show Bob and Ray – The Two and Only.
Hardcover Book: 320 pages, including 22 pages of photographs.

WrigleyField.jpg Chicago's Wrigley Field - Book
Paul Michael Peterson

Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark currently in use in the major leagues, but it ranks first in the hearts of Cubs fans. Rooting for the home team from the corner of Clark and Addison to small towns and city streets across the country, generations of Cubs’ fans have made that summer pilgrimage to the home of Gabby Hartnett’s “Homer in the gloamin’” that clinched the 1938 pennant, Hack Wilson’s record 190 RBI season, Ernie Banks’ 500th career home run, Sammy Sosa’s 60 plus home run seasons, and Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout masterpiece. It was originally built as Wheeghman Park in 1914 to host the Chicago Whales of the upstart Federal League. The Cubs moved in two years later, and, with an 11-inning 7-6 victory over the rival Cincinnati Reds, one of the greatest traditions in all of American sports was established: National League baseball at Chicago’s picturesque north side ballpark. With vintage photos and words that recall all the glory and heartbreak of 91 seasons of Chicago baseball, the author takes the reader on a visual-historical tour of the greatest ballpark in the major leagues. 128 pages, 6x9, softcover.

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ComiskeyPark.jpg Comiskey Park Book
Irwin J. Cohen

The Chicago White Sox opened Comiskey Park on July 1, 1910. Their owner, Charles Comiskey, wanted a new, modern, park made of steel and concrete to replace the old South Side Park. Comiskey Park was the home of the White Sox for the next 80 years, and over 72 million fans saw games there. This book recounts the history of the storied ballpark and the great events and ballplayers that made it famous. The Sox won all three World Series games played at Comiskey in 1917, the year of their only championship. It was followed two years later by the infamous Black Sox Scandal. In 1960, then owner Bill Veeck, one of the great innovators in the game’s history, installed the first exploding scoreboard in center field. Starting in 1969, Comiskey had a unique playing field for several years; artificial turf on the infield, and natural grass in the outfield. Comiskey Park last hosted the World Series in 1959, when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Sox four games to two. All-star players and fan favorites always made a trip to Comiskey worthwhile, and the Sox have fielded their share of Hall-of-Famers through the years, including Luke Appling, Nellie Fox, Eddie Collins, Luis Aparicio, and Carlton Fisk. The author has assembled a wonderful collection of photographs from old Comiskey Park, many seen here for the first time. 128 pages, 6x9, softcover.

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WWIIChicago.jpg World War II Chicago
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Paul M. Green and Melvin G. Holli Chicagoans united in their World War II effort signed up for military service, rallied to the call for increased wartime production, and aided the war effort through the rationing of food and gasoline. From victory gardens to mini-monuments to local servicemen – Chicago saw all of its geographic parts vie for recognition and honor in a ethnic mosaic of patriotism. The city became an important military center as troops trained or passed through en route to the war fronts. As defense plants sprang up all over Chicago, African-American tenant farmers, who migrated from the South, and women replaced the male labor force. Using hundreds of images from sources that include the Chicago Sun-Times, City of Chicago, and University of Illinois, the authors present a vivid photographic history of this most influential time. 128 pages, 6x9, softcover

Cinnamon Bear Book with CD.jpg Cinnamon Bear Book with DVD
CINNAMON BEAR BOOK with DVD - This delightful remembrance of the classic radio serial returns after being out-of-print for nearly 20 years!
Personal recollections of growing up in the Cinnamon Bear era; chapter-by-chapter synopsis of the complete 26-episode story; reproduction of the original Cinnamon Bear Coloring Book; chronology of the radio series; radio cast list; Maybe Land Trivia Quiz. Compiled and edited by Chuck Schaden, illustrated by Brian Johnson. Soft cover, 64 pages.

This edition also includes a DVD WITH 3 EPISODES FROM THE TV VERSION of the story which used the radio sound track and hand puppets.

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SORBookCover.jpg Speaking of Radio Book
Chuck Schaden's conversations with the Stars of the Golden Age of Radio
Foreword by Les Tremayne

Recollections of the great radio days by the stars who made them great. In their own words, 46 radio personalities take you back to the good old days for a behind-the-scenes look at the way it was during the golden era of broadcasting.

Conversations with: Don Ameche • Eve Arden • Bill Baldwin • Jack Benny • Edgar Bergen • Jim Boles • Ken Carpenter •  Norman Corwin • Dennis Day • Howard Duff • Ralph Edwards • Alice Faye • Virginia Gregg • Phil Harris •  Jim Jordan • Jay Jostyn • Howard Koch • Elliott Lewis • Phil Leslie • Art Linkletter • Barbara Luddy •  Mercedes McCambridge • Agnes Moorehead • Bret Morrison • Carlton E. Morse • David Nelson •  Frank Nelson • Harriet Nelson • Arch Oboler • Harold Peary • Ed Prentiss • Tony Randall • Lillian Randolph •  Alan Reed • Mary Lee Robb • Ken Roberts • Kate Smith • Olan Soulé • Ezra Stone • Russell Thorson • Les Tremayne • Lurene Tuttle • Rudy Vallee • Harry Von Zell • Willard Waterman • Don Wilson

420 pages, 46 interviews and photos, 6x9 soft cover book with index

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Well!.jpg Well! - Jack Benny Book
Reflections on the Life and career of JACK BENNY
Edited by Michael Leannah

Recommended reading for everyone who enjoys the work of radio’s favorite comedian. A well-written and well-researched collection of rare and delightful essays and personal memories, photos, illustrations and information by more than 20 different writers, including Mr. Benny himself.

Great and little-known stories about America’s Number One comedy star, including the dialog and banter between characters on the Benny show... his films... his Vaudeville days... the women in his life... his work during World War II... how a cheapskate could be so generous.... his feud with Fred Allen... Benny Show bloopers and flubs... the relationship between Jack and Johnny Carson... the births and deaths of the principal characters on the Benny show.... the comic voice of Mary Livingstone... the thousand voices of Mel Blanc... and Jack as an animated cartoon star. Jack himself writes about his adventures in Hollywood and his appearance in Chicago in 1935. Plus lots more, including how you can still find him when you visit today's Waukegan, Illinois.

160 pages, 6x9 soft cover book.

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ChristmasOnStateBook.jpg Christmas on State Street: 1940s and Beyond - Book
Robert P. Ledermann

State Street, that Great Street. The name itself stands the test of time, remembered by anyone who lived in or visited Chicago. It is the main artery of the heart of the city, where memories were made and kept. This book vividly recreates, for the first time, a Christmas holiday trip down State Street. You will visit many of the major shops and stores that existed during the 1940s and beyond, viewing old display windows and getting reacquainted with famous Christmas characters such as Weiboldts’s Cinnamon Bear, Montgomery Wards’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and the crown jewel of State Street, Marshall Fields’s Uncle Mistletoe. Through hundreds of historic photographs, including 16 pages of full color, many never before published, you will relive the excitement of State Street’s Christmas parade, the charm of holiday dining in State Street’s fine restaurants, and the magical wonder of a child’s first holiday trip to State Street, complete with a visit to Santa. 128 pages, 6x9, softcover.

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StateChristmasParade.jpg Chicago's State Street Christmas Parade - Book
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Robert P. Ledermann

One of the grand annual events in Chicago’s history is the spectacular Christmas Parade on State Street. Filled with pageantry, these parades showcase amazing floats and displays, often featuring local VIPs along with Hollywood stars. In this companion to Christmas on State Street: The 1940s and Beyond, Robert P. Ledermann continues his celebration of Christmas in Chicago. Over 200 photographs, including 16 pages of full color, lead you on a wonderful trip down memory lane; you will also share the recollections of many famous personalities who participated in the parade. Crowds viewed the famous windows at Marshall Field’s and Carson’s while awaiting the parade; complete sets of those windows are featured here. Finally, Chicago can be cold in the winter, so to warm up we’ll stop in at Miller’s Pub and the Berghoff Restaurant. 144 pages, 6x9, softcover book.

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Riverview.jpg Riverview Amusement Park - Book
Dolores Haugh

Every summer from 1904 to 1967, for 63 years, Riverview—the world’s largest amusement park—opened its gates to millions of people from all walks of life. For three generations, the Schmidt’s family park offered rides, shows, food, and music to men, women, and especially children. Riverview survived depressions, two World Wars, labor disputes, Prohibition, and a World’s Fair that threatened to take a great deal of its business. Riverview Amusement Park tells the story of Riverview’s growth from 22 acres and three rides to 140 acres and more than 100 attractions. 128 pages, hundreds of photos, many never seen before, 6x9, softcover.

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NowWhenIWasAKid1.jpg Now When I Was A Kid Book
Nostalgic Ramblings by Dan McGuire
Foreword by Chuck Schaden

A nostalgia trip back to an era when life was less complex and moved at a slower pace. From a kid’s perspective, it recalls the joys of growing up in a small town from the late 1930s through the early 1950s. Danny McGuire and a host of neighborhood kids were free to roam anywhere and play everywhere. With “big city” Chicago just a trolley ride away, they enjoyed the best of two worlds. It was a time when folks knew their neighbors and would stop to “set a spell” on someone’s front porch to share neighborhood news. Because folks looked out for each other, kids could wander off for hours without alarming their parents. But they’d best be home in time for supper if they “knew what was good for them!” A collection of recollections which originally appeared in the Nostalgia Digest. 300 pages, dozens of photos, 6x9, softcover book.

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KenAlexanderCD.jpg Ken Alexander Remembers The Way It Used To Be - Audio Book
(3 hours on 3 Compact Discs)

The veteran Chicago radio announcer recalls the good old days of not-so-long ago in this audio version of his popular columns from the Nostalgia Digest. Includes recollections of The Rag Man, the Peddler, the Good Humor Man; Goin’ to the Show; My Father’s Tools; The Radio; The Home Front; Children’s Games; Radio’s Theme Songs; The A&P, the National, the Royal Blue; A Nice Warm Place to Live; Our Song; Bow Ties, Argyle Socks, 2-Pants Suits; Old Time Chicago radio; Grammar School; The Andy Griffith Show; A Visit to Santa Claus.

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MaxwellStreet.jpg Chicago's Maxwell Street - Book
Lori Grove and Laura Kamedulski

These museum professionals who are on the Board of the Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition, have selected hundreds of images which reflect the rich cultural diversity that existed on Maxwell Street and its world-renowned marketplace. 128 pages, 6x9, softcover.

“I know a Jew fish crier down on Maxwell Street with a voice like a north wind blowing over corn stubble in January. . . .His face is that of a man terribly glad ...that God made fish, and customers to whom he may call his wares from a pushcart.” —Carl Sandburg, from Chicago Poems, 1916.

“Maxwell Street preserved old world culture, whether from the Ukraine, Mexico or Mississippi. A grass roots avenue for survival got created there for immigrants and poor people. Its existence, though old and weary, gives meaning to our daily living and working in Chicago.” —Studs Terkel

“Maxwell Street became the Ellis Island of the Midwest for 100 years. Other market streets existed, but Maxwell Street was the biggest and brassiest, combining a kaleidoscope of races and religions, of businessmen, hustlers and musicians. It was a national treasure.” —Ira Berkow, New York Times columnist

“Maxwell Street was a shopping and amusement center. The guys that played [there] in the 1940s, [myself], Moody Jones, Floyd Jones, Little Walter - we built the road for the blues in Chicago for Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and all the rest. We were the pioneers of the blues.” —Jimmie Lee Robinson, Chicago blues musician

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1933-34World'sFair.jpg Chicago's 1933-34 World's Fair: A Century of Progress in Vintage Postcards - Book
Samantha Gleisten

One century after Chicago’s incorporation, the city hosted the 1933 World’s Fair, which was so successful it was held over for 1934. Aptly named “A Century of Progress,” the fair confirmed Chicago’s emergence as a major American city. Like the phoenix from the ashes, Chicago emerged from its devastating fire of 1871 as one of the most architecturally significant and aesthetically inviting cities in the world. On 424 lakeside acres located on Chicago’s near south side, the Fair brought together innovators and inventors from around the world. Chicagoans hosted visitors from all corners of the globe, commemorating human progress, despite the Great Depression that was devastating the nation’s economy. Through postcards and ephemera from the Century of Progress World’s Fair, this book celebrates the incredible advancements made by industry and the world famous hospitality of the great host city. 128 pages, hundreds of photographs, 6x9, softcover.

“You will enter A Century of Progress for the first time perhaps like an explorer—curious and eager—penetrating an amazingly rumored domain in search of treasure.” –Official Guide Book to the Fair, 1933.

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MeredithWillsonEdited.jpg Meredith Willson - America’s Music Man Book
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Bill Oates
The whole Broadway-Symphonic-Radio-Motion Picture-Story of “America’s Music Man” who not only wrote the hit Broadway musical The Music Man, but was a mighty presence during the Golden Age of Radio on such programs as Burns and Allen, The Big Show, Command Performance and many others. This is an in-depth look at his boyhood, his years playing the flute and piccolo with the Sousa Band and the New York Philharmonic, as a motion picture musical director, and the creator of hundreds of single songs, two symphonies and four musicals.
230 pages, text and photos, 6x9 soft cover book with index.

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