Anyway, the mystery begins with a note I got from Bob Bell, who in real life is Kaptain Kidshow, the creator and webmaster of that fantastic website about old time local kidshows on TV.
Holy cow...can't think of anywhere I'd rather not be than back in D.C. I remember Lee, and Duke Struck, and Hal Shaw and a few others - but I'm sure they're long gone. Thanks for the info - were you there in that period (1964-1967)?
The natives will welcome you to our annual Thurmont luncheon with open arms! We'll all probably have a lot of questions for you, for example, how in the world did you come up with all that information about those old time kidshows? Your website is truly an amazing work of art!!
PS......Note to you natives: If you have any idea who Larry B. is, please let your loveable webmaster know.
(NOTE FROM YOUR SLIGHTLY AGING WEBMASTER: If you haven't read the original post, just below this, please read it (The Stopwatch Mystery) before you read Larry's confession.)
Larry B. has CONFESSED.
In a comment posted on this site a few hours ago, he spilled the beans. this is what he wrote:
"OK, I 'fess up...I'm the mysterious "Larry B." - last name Blumenfeld, worked at Channel Nine from Fall '64 to Summer of '67. Since this weird thing started because of the stopwatch, a few more old names have floated back to my consciousness. I remember Eddie Gallagher's interviews (that is the name, isn't it?) and trying to do my best for director Laird Simons. I can picture Duke Struck's uncle - the head of the news dept. - but can't remember his name. I'd love to be back east for your get-together - especially at The Cozy! - but, sorry, not a chance. Regards to all!"
Thanks for solving the puzzle Larry. Glad you remember some of us, although the news director was Ed Ryan, and he wasn't Duke's Uncle.-Lee
AND THERE'S MORE. This one comes from Mr. DC Memories:
Thanks D.C. I don't recall all of that. That was during the time period that many of us (approx.100 people) were in the process of being fired by Kathryn Graham via Larry Israel and his gang of thugs. I don't know what else to call a group of people who cleared out that many loyal employees in such a ruthless manner. I can't give you a "link" to read about that because the Washington Post never printed a Damm word about it. -Lee
Guess who checked in on our "Stopwatch Mystery"? Take a look:
Larry B may be thinking of Jack Jury who I believe was News Director after Ed Ryan left during that time, although Jack was not my uncle either. I am interested to see what he gets for the old Minerva stopwatch. I believe I still have one somewhere. Funny, that the 1st person who came to your mind was Larry Beckerman. I thought of him also.
Your mention of radio switching to an all news format made me think of Patti Searight. What happened to her?
-Duke StruckGreat to hear from you Duke. Thank you Larry B. for offering your WTOP stopwatch for sale on Ebay! Please let us know WHO bought it. -Lee