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Nostalgia Digest Magazine is a 64-page quarterly publication (available in print and digital formats) filled with articles about the "Golden Age" of radio, television, movies, and music, written by those who lived it and those who love it! For more than 40 years, Nostalgia Digest Magazine has provided readers with an entertaining, educational look at life and popular culture during the first half of the 20th century (and sometimes beyond).

In addition, every issue of Nostalgia Digest includes a three-month schedule for Those Were the Days, our weekly old-time radio show hosted by Digest publisher Steve Darnall and heard every Saturday afternoon (1:00-5:00 p.m. CST) on WDCB-FM (and on the internet at www.wdcb.org). You'll find a complete listing of the old-time radio programs heard every week on Those Were The Days, including original broadcast dates, titles of stories, names of stars and supporting players, and a line or two describing each show. It's exclusive to Nostalgia Digest and a perfect complement to the stories, subjects and stars we cover in every issue!

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In the Winter 2023 Nostalgia Digest:

    • The timeless and absurd comedy of the great BOB AND RAY
    • Melody and mirth: a look at JACK BENNY and his many singers, from Ethel Shutta to Dennis Day
    • The unique class of CLAUDETTE COLBERT
    • Lamb Chop's best friend, puppeteer SHARI LEWIS
    • The early career of actor HOWARD DUFF
    • The man who took television viewers One Step Beyond
    • The golden age of dial telephones
    • A complete listing for Steve Darnall's Those Were The Days!
    • PLUS: Memories of New York's top vaudeville palace; Christmas shopping in the 1950s; more!

 

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NostalgiaDigest-Autumn2022 Back Issue: AUTUMN 2022
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From Shakespeare to Sherlock, the many lives of BASIL RATHBONE; radio's top ventriloquist act, EDGAR BERGEN & CHARLIE McCARTHY; the famous femme fatales of film noir; the real-life origins of The Green Hornet; the comedy legends who starred on television's Colgate Comedy Hour; the comic satire of L'il Abner; a look at radio's great holiday traditions, from Bing to Benny to Barrymore; more!



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NostalgiaDigest-Summer2022 Back Issue: SUMMER 2022
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Celebrating the 80th anniversary of YANKEE DOODLE DANDY; how HOWDY DOODY became one of television's early hits; the delightful nonsense of novelty songs; the early career of BETTY HUTTON; a look at radio's gentleman detectives; the strange tale of how HELEN KELLER became a vaudeville star; the comical characters of DAMON RUNYON; memories of dish night at the movies; photos from Those Were the Days' Golden Anniversary event; more!



   
NostalgiaDigest-Spring2021 Back issue: SPRING 2021
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Remembering when GRACIE ALLEN ran for president; the unforgettable NAT "KING" COLE; the life and career of LLOYD BRIDGES; our NECROLOGY FOR 2020; Robert Young and Father Knows Best; the secret origins of Marvel's Fantastic Four; memories of drug store soda fountains; more!



   
NostalgiaDigest-Winter2021 Back Issue: WINTER 2021
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We salute the remarkable life and career of OLIVIA de HAVILLAND; the screen partnership of NELSON EDDY & JEANETTE MacDONALD; the many voices of THE SHADOW; how a promise changed DANNY THOMAS' life; radio actors who became movie stars; FLOYD GIBBONS, radio's first globe-trotting newsman; memories of mimeograph machines; the way televisions used to be; the early career of ROBERT CUMMINGS; great toys and games from the past; more!



   
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How pre-recording transformed the great BING CROSBY into a radio pioneer; the career of Hollywood's "Oomph Girl," ANN SHERIDAN; Burke's Law and the Golden Age of television detectives; the early career of GENE KELLY; the final days of radio's Suspense; the many voices of actor SANTOS ORTEGA; the story of television's first situation comedy; a few moments with LEONARD MALTIN; our Necrology for 2021; more!



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How HUMPHREY BOGART became Hollywood's greatest gangster; CAROL BURNETT recalls her early days in television; MEL BLANC, the man of a thousand voices; what happened when Hollywood made movies about movie stars; songwriting legend JOHNNY MERCER; holiday traditions of television's Golden Age; the writer behind One Man's Family and I Love a Mystery, CARLTON E. MORSE; how Amos 'n' Andy changed the complexion of the toy industry; more!



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A full-color cover story about BOB HOPE and World War II; articles about BUSTER CRABBE, king of the serials; the career of the legendary PETER LORRE; one writer's appreciate of Dragnet; why LURENE TUTTLE was known as "The First Lady of Radio"; memories of the Yo-Yo Man and Chicago's Clark Theatre; a few moments with actor/dancer GEORGE CHAKIRIS; more! FEWER THAN TEN COPIES IN STOCK!


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How ERNIE KOVACS changed the way people saw television; the remarkable CHARLES LAUGHTON; the early career of DOROTHY LAMOUR; famous (and not-so-famous) movie monsters of the 1950s; the hitting streak that made JOE DiMAGGIO a star; the history of Republic Pictures; the radio comedy of JOE PENNER; Ralph Edwards and This Is Your Life; more!



   
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A special celebration of the 100th ANNIVERSARY OF RADIO; the Golden Age of radio horror; how ALAN LADD became a star by playing it cool; when Superman took on the Ku Klux Klan; the domestic comedy of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR; the career of RAYMOND MASSEY; more!



   
NostalgiaDigest-Summer2020 Back Issue: SUMMER 2020 (digital edition)
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Our SWIMSUIT ISSUE, starring BARBARA STANWYCK and more than a dozen stars of stage, screen and radio dressed for fun in the sun; celebrating 60 years of The Andy Griffith Show; the life and career of JAMES STEWART; The Golden Age of Movie Serials, part three; the voice of Baron Munchausen, comedian JACK PEARL; Baseball and World War II; a few moments with KEIR DULLEA; more!



   
NostalgiaDigest-Spring2020 Back Issue: SPRING 2020 (digital edition)
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Celebrating 50 years of radio's Those Were the Days; The life and career of RAYMOND BURR; The free spirit of actress JEAN ARTHUR; Tina Cole remembers life with My Three Sons; JOHN DALY, the newscaster turned quizmaster; part two of our look at the Golden Age of serials; our NECROLOGY for 2019; more!


   
NostalgiaDigest-Winter2020 Back Issue: WINTER 2020 (digital edition)
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How LUCILLE BALL and DESI ARNAZ transformed I Love Lucy; the beautiful mind of HEDY LAMARR; Jack Benny's favorite butler, EDDIE "ROCHESTER" ANDERSON; how GEORGE RAFT escaped New York to become a Hollywood hoodlum; a conversation with legendary dancer BEN VEREEN; visionary filmmaker GEORGE PAL; The Golden Age of Movie Serials, part one; memories of Sunday dinners at home; more!



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Our 45th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, with a cover story celebrating 80 years of The Wizard of Oz! Plus, articles about the villainous charm of VINCENT PRICE; the early career of CLARK GABLE; Remembering Chicago's grand hotels; The FBI on radio; Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer on television; the life of Riley himself, actor WILLIAM BENDIX; Michigan football's mad magicians; a few moments with singer/actor ED AMES; more!


   
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The Autumn 2019 issue with an alternate cover, featuring the stars of The Wizard of Oz!


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The remarkable careers of "The First Lady of Suspense," AGNES MOOREHEAD; one man's memories of the great MAE WEST--and a look at the show that got her banned from radio; Bing, Frank and the crooners that made America swoon; the early career of BURT LANCASTER; the thrilling exploits of TEDDY THE WONDER DOG; memories of baseball in Chicago; the books that made America laugh; a few moments with Our Miss Brooks' GLORIA McMILLAN; more!



   
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The radio partnership of DEAN MARTIN & JERRY LEWIS; the career of actor JOHN GARFIELD; singer-turned-Bickerson FRANCES LANGFORD; a few moments with The Andy Griffith Show's BETTY LYNN; memories of Riverview Amusement Park; our NECROLOGY FOR 2018; more!



   
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The story of how JACK BENNY and FRED ALLEN started radio's most famous feud; the making of Casablanca; the re-invention of actor JOHN BARRYMORE; film historian LEONARD MALTIN on the stars of the silent screen who moved to television; YAKIMA CANUTT, king of the Hollywood stunt riders; television's first musical comedy; memories of the rituals for keeping the house warm in winter; more!



   
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The radio adventures of OZZIE & HARRIET! Plus, MARLENE DIETRICH and World War II; the story of STAN FREBERG's "Green Chri$tma$"; the career of actor JOHN CARRADINE; How Illinois actors conquered Hollywood; the comedy of OLSEN & JOHNSON; the saga of war-amputee-turned-Oscar winner HAROLD RUSSELL; a few moments with The Honeymooners' JOYCE RANDOLPH; more!


   
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A cover story about THE MARX BROTHERS and the show that brought them to radio; announcer Fred Foy remembers riding with THE LONE RANGER; television's Mickey Mouse Club; the career of actor CESAR ROMERO; Warner Bros. studios at war; the golden age of dime stores; remarkable houses of the 1950s; memories of the milkman, the iceman and the coal man; a few moments with CARL REINER; more!


   
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The remarkable career of JAMES CAGNEY; the music of FATS WALLER; the golden age of radio soap operas; EDDIE CANTOR and World War II; memories of Burma-Shave signs; a look at movie actors who became movie directors; our NECROLOGY FOR 2017; author Max Allan Collins remembers MICKEY SPILLANE: more!

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The radio career of JACK BENNY; an 85th anniversary celebration of KING KONG; the story of Get Smart, television's spy spoof; the life of actor FRANK LOVEJOY; how Lon Chaney Jr. entered THE INNER SANCTUM; the career of PAULETTE GODDARD; Hawaii Calls, the radio show that brought Hawaii to America; flying on the air with Uncle Ned's Squadron; a few moments with PEGGY KING; more!



   
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The life and career of the "World's Greatest Entertainer," AL JOLSON! Plus, The creaking door of radio's Inner Sanctum; CHAPLIN, KEATON, FIELDS, ROGERS and the comedy stars of 1917; the films of OTTO PREMINGER; the man they called "Mr. Radio," ELLIOTT LEWIS; a tale of Chicago and World War II; CHUCK SCHADEN recalls his Memory Club Movie series; a few moments with TIPPI HEDREN; more!

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It's our all-new, all-vintage SWIMSUIT ISSUE, with a full-color cover photo of ELIZABETH TAYLOR (and inside, you'll find many more stars--including DORIS DAY, GLORIA GRAHAME, MARY MARTIN, JAMES CAGNEY, ROCK HUDSON and DEBBIE REYNOLDS--all ready to hit the beach)! Plus, articles ABBOTT & COSTELLO; singer HELEN FORREST; actor PAUL MUNI; Bill Jackson's memories of Cartoon Town; a few moments with HARRY SHEARER ; more!


   
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The remarkable screen team of WILLIAM POWELL and MYRNA LOY, beyond The Thin Man; a salute to the incomparable DORIS DAY; the legendary low-key comedy of GEORGE GOBEL; the long crimefighting career of DICK TRACY; memories of home movies; the 1908 Chicago Cubs; our NECROLOGY FOR 2016; more!



   
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EVE ARDEN and the people behind Our Miss Brooks; How William Powell and Myrna Loy made a star out of THE THIN MAN; the transformative voice of MARIAN ANDERSON; memories of being JACK BENNY's violin student; the radio career of EDGAR ALLAN POE; a few moments with actor WILLIAM DANIELS; more!


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Celebrating the 100th birthday of KIRK DOUGLAS; the great DICK VAN DYKE goes home; the publisher who gave us NANCY DREW and THE HARDY BOYS; an in-depth look at radio on December 7, 1941; the energetic career of EDDIE CANTOR; a look at television in 1956; a few moments with CORKY HALE; more!



   
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GEORGE BURNS and GRACIE ALLEN and the missing brother that made them famous; the gentleman gangster, EDWARD G. ROBINSON; the remarkable music of JOHNNY MERCER; the movie career of THE THREE MUSKETEERS; the career of actor CORNEL WILDE; memories of eating at the Automat; The WILDE TWINS and how they made their Hollywood dreams come true; a few moments with The Facts of Life actress CHARLOTTE RAE; more!



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The remarkable life and career of the king of the singing cowboys, GENE AUTRY; the strange saga of BATMAN on radio; radio's top comedians on television; the career of GREGORY PECK; our NECROLOGY FOR 2015; a few moments with NORMAN LLOYD; more!

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The man they called "Schnozzola," the great JIMMY DURANTE; the tumultuous life and career of INGRID BERGMAN; how JOHN WAYNE got his start; the history of Flexible Flyer sleds; TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES on radio; CAPTAIN KANGAROO on television; a few moments with DICK CAVETT; memories of Chicago's Southtown Theatre; more!



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The radio career of the great FRANK SINATRA; holiday traditions of movies and television, from It's a Wonderful Life to A Charlie Brown Christmas; how ABBOTT & COSTELLO met Frankenstein; when Hollywood actors went to war; the Golden Age of science-fiction magazines; memories of a Hollywood stunt rider; a few moments with MARGARET O'BRIEN; more!



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When JAMES STEWART tried his hand at the small screen; the career of the tempestuous TALLULAH BANKHEAD; the great NORMAN LEAR recalls writing for Jack Haley and Martin & Lewis; the radio shows that brought the movies to life; photos from Those Were the Days' 45th anniversary event; remembering a generation of classic commercial jingles; memories of the Yanks in Britain during World War II; more!



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Celebrating 45 YEARS of Those Were the Days with the help of the show's founder, CHUCK SCHADEN; a remarkable conversation between ORSON WELLES and his mentor; the career of VERONICA LAKE; the evolution of BOSTON BLACKIE; Broadway legend ALAN JAY LERNER; Chicago's Olson Rug Waterfall; radio and the United Nations; our NECROLOGY FOR 2014; more!

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The Hollywood romance of HUMPHREY BOGART and LAUREN BACALL; the career of EDDIE "ROCHESTER" ANDERSON; the story of RAGGEDY ANN; radio's greatest dive, DUFFY'S TAVERN; a few moments with MONICA LEWIS; more!

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NostalgiaDigest-Autumn2014 Back Issue: AUTUMN 2014 (digital edition)
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Our 40TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, with a cover story about THE LONE RANGER; the radio career of the great MEL BLANC; the beauty and sadness of the legendary GENE TIERNEY; a look at Hollywood's first dog heroes; the life and career of singer and bandleader SKINNAY ENNIS; how 1928 was a great year for television; remembering Chicago baseball's original North Siders; a few moments with the Catwoman herself, JULIE NEWMAR; more!



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NostalgiaDigest-Summer2014 Back issue: SUMMER 2014 (digital edition)
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The amazing life and many characters of JACKIE GLEASON; how GUNSMOKE changed Western drama—and radio drama; a look at the creation of THE QUIZ KIDS; the history of Soundies, the original music videos; WALT DISNEY and American folklore; the career of actress VIRGINIA O'BRIEN; Those Were the Days' KEN ALEXANDER looks back; more!



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NostalgiaDigest-Spring2014 Back issue: SPRING 2014 (digital edition)
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Remembering 1939, Hollywood's Greatest Year; radio's first family comedy, The Great Gildersleeve; the career of Eloise's best friend, KAY THOMPSON; the early career of LANA TURNER; our NECROLOGY FOR 2013; memories of the family grocery store and two submarines with a Chicago connection; more!



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NostalgiaDigest-Winter2014 Back issue: WINTER 2014 (digital edition)
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How BOB & RAY changed radio comedy; the voice of Betty Rubble and Gertrude Gearshift, the great BEA BENADERET; the movies of Hollywood legend FRANK CAPRA; how GEORGE RAFT became Hollywood's favorite hoodlum; a few moments with ALAN YOUNG; memories of old magazines and Marshall Field's at Christmas time; more!



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