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July 20, 2014 Notes and Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mark Higgins at 2:07 pm. Eight members were in attendance.

The topic of the meeting was the effect of World War II on OTR. Mark observed that much of what survives of  classic radio is due to Armed Forces Radio having recorded programs for replay to the troops overseas; although the recordings are sometimes defective, they are in many cases our only record of many wartime radio broadcasts. The OTR programming of the time included much war-related content, the dramas and comedies often dealing with subjects such as rationing and various sorts of fundraising drives. Radio comedians such as Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Eddie Cantor entertained the troops at U.S. bases. It was during the war that radio became a major news source for the citizenry, in addition to newspapers and newsreels. Many newsmen who became major figures in radio and TV began their careers in wartime radio. Through her radio appearances Kate Smith raised $600,000,000 in war bonds.

In the business portion of the meeting, secretary/treasurer Nick Goodhue reported the current bank balance. In the absence of book librarian Bob Bialecki, further discussion of book purchases was deferred. Newletter editor Gordy Spiering renewed his appeal to the members to contribute articles. 

The meeting was adjourned by vote of the members at approximately 3:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Nick Goodhue

Secretary/Treasurer

MEETINGS AND OFFICER INFORMATION

Meetings are held the third Sunday of every other month beginning in September, when possible. If not possible other arrangements will be made. Please check the meeting schedule below. The meetings run the gamut from guest speakers to trivia contests to the NightMARE Players recreating on Olde Tyme Radio program.

SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS

If you are reading this and you are not a member of the Milwaukee Area Radio Enthusiasts, you can join. All it takes is a pittance and an interest in Old Time Radio.

If you are interested, look at the schedule below and plan on attending a meeting. If you like what you see and hear, see Nick Goodhue the treasurer, about becoming a member.

The cost is $6.00 for a student membership, $12.00 for a single membership and $18.00 for a family membership. Membership is prorated if you join in months other then September.

All meetings are held in the Meeting Room (G150) at the Mayfair shopping center. The dates for the up coming meetings are:

MEETING DATES AND TIMES FOR 2014

November 16, 2014; 2pm to 4pm

Make your plans now.

The meetings start at 2:00 P.M. sharp, (most of the time). If there are any changes to the dates or time, the change will be noted here.

Even if you do not wish to become a member, come and visit for a pleasant afternoon. There may be a guest speaker, a trivia contest or maybe a panel discussion on the Golden Age of Radio.

THE CURRENT SLATE OF ELECTED OFFICERS

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Mark Higgins, president

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Don Doss, vice-president

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Nick Goodhue, secretary/treasurer

APPOINTED OFFICERS

Gordy

Gordy Spiering, newsletter editor

Bob

Bob Bialecki, book librarian

Jean Scalzo

Jean Scalzo, sunshine person

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Ron Sayles, grim reaper, webmeister

BY CLICKING ON THE UNDERLINED PAGE DESCRIPTIONS  YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS OTHER PAGES OF THE  WEB SITE. YOU CAN ALSO CLICK ON THE PAGE YOU WANT AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE

WEB PAGES THAT PERTAIN TO MARE

MARE By-LawsRules the club must follow. 

1st NewsletterFirst newsletter from October 1975.

Cuz, I Am the PresidentArticles by president Mark Higgins.

Past Officers of MAREA more complete list of all who have served.

Guest SpeakersPictures of some past MARE guest speakers. 

NightMARE PlayersA group of hams who recreate old time radio shows. It is an adjunct to MARE.

Billie the Brownie PlayersThe story of Billie the Brownie. 

Brief History of M.A.R.E.: How the club got started.

Deceased MembersMembers who have passed on to the big radio station in the sky.


WEB PAGES THAT PERTAIN TO OLD TIME RADIO IN WISCONSIN, AND OLD TIME RADIO IN GENERAL

Program of the Week: A Brief description of a Golden Age radio program.

Commercials: Vintage radio commercials, everything from 4 Way Cold Tablets to Winston Cigarettes.

Births/DeathsWho was born, who died on what date? 

WI Hall of Fame: Pictures of radio personalities with a Wisconsin connection.

Milwaukee Radio Personalities: Short biographies of people who worked in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Radio ProgramsPrograms that appeared on Milwaukee radio.

Favorite Radio StarsShort biography of some of my favorite radio stars.

Old Time Radio Themes: A list of radio themes in sequence by program and music.

Ralph's Recall: Personal recollections of  meetings with OTR people by Ralph Luedtke a long time member of the club.

AutographsSome autographs I have collected over the years.

1953 Milwaukee Braves: Pictures and statistics of the 1953 Milwaukee Braves

PAGES OF A PERSONAL NATURE. YOU ARE FREE TO BROWSE, IN FACT I ENCOURAGE IT

Meiji Era JapanPhotos of 1890s Japan

Pewaukee, WIPictures of a huge storm (1952) and High School  fire (7-14-1953)

On June 21, 1954 I joined the U.S. Navy along with three of my high school classmates, Rich Slates, Clarence Schrubbe and Jim Prag. Clarence died 11-7-2002 and Jim died 4-28-2006. Rich is living in Florida. The following are pictures of that part of my life.

Great Lakes, IL: I took my basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Norman, OKI went to Aviation Prepatory school in Norman, Oklahoma.

Lakehurst, NJ: I went to Aerographer's Mate School to become a weather observer. This is the site of the famous Hinderberg crash.

Yokosuka, Japan: After all of my training I was a full fledged weather observer. I was stationed at the Yokosuka Naval Base from April 29, 1955 to February 21, 1957. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked, but I did take some. I was an Aerographer’s Mate and worked in the Fleet Weather Central.

Mieko: This is the story of our 2002 trip to Ota, Japan to place Fumiko's sister's ashes next to her father's ashes.

Ota: In August of 2002 Fumiko's sister Mieko Wilkins died. In October of that same year we went to Ota, Japan to have her ashes placed next to that of her father's. These are pictures of that trip.

Sano: Kyoko took us on an excursion to the Ashikaga Porcelain Museum which is located in Sano. There are pieces in the museum that are over 2,000 years old.

NIKKO NATIONAL PARK: Nikko is the site of the most extravagant display of religious architecture in all Japan. This treasure trove of shrines, mausoleums and temples, all richly gilded, intricately carved, and painstakingly rendered, is unsurpassed in design and craftsmanship, but the concept of “simple,” the cornerstone of Japanese art and taste, is just not applicable.

Kanayama: Teruko drove us to Kanayama and spent the day with us. On our way back from the mountain we stopped at Donryusama Temple. This is a Temple where mothers take their babies to have them named. Sakae came here to have Teruko named.

Sendai: The city of Sendai, an old castle town, lies in northern Honshu, 10 km/6 miles from the Pacific coast. Situated amid wooded hills, it is known as the ‘city of forests’. It is the chief town of Miyagi prefecture and the political. cultural and economic centre of the Tohoku region, The city’s main industries are foodstuffs, woodworking, electrical appliances and metal-processing; traditional craft products are lacquer ware and wooden dolls.

Ashikaga is the site of a temple.

FujiyamaWe left early in the morning and did not return back home until late evening.We were taken to Mt. Fuji with Akira doing the driving. He drove all day and it was a long day. We : 

Hiroshima is the chief town of its prefecture, and lies on the Inland Sea in western Honshu. Traversed by six arms of the river Ota, the city extends into Hiroshima Bay in the pattern of a human hand. Hiroshima gained a tragic place in history when it became the target of an atom bomb in 1945. Now rebuilt, it is the largest city and the administrative, educational and tourist centre of the Chugoku district.

Tokyo: The day and a half that we were in Tokyo it never stopped raining. The pictures will bear this out. It was cold, wet and uncomfortable, we had a marvelous time. Such a vibrant city and so much to see. It is ashamed that we had such a short time there, but this was a totally unexpected trip. Fumiko and I had no plans to go to Tokyo. The family got together and gave us this all expense paid day and a half. What a surprise for both of us.