By Robert McG. Thomas
Among his dedicated fanatics, his items have been recognized easily as McGs. With a "genius for illuminating that usually ephemeral apogee in people's lives once they end up able to producing a brightly burning spark" (Columbia Journalism Review), Robert McG. Thomas Jr. honored interesting, unconventional lives with signature type and wit.
The big apple Times obtained numerous letters through the years from readers moved to tears or laughter via a McG. Eschewing usually recognized topics, Thomas favorite unsung heroes, eccentrics, and underachievers, together with: Edward Lowe, the inventor of Kitty muddle ("Cat Owner's most sensible Friend"); Angelo Zuccotti, the bouncer at El Morocco ("Artist of the Velvet Rope"); and Kay Halle, a glamorous Cleveland division shop heiress who acquired sixty-four marriage proposals ("An Intimate of Century's Giants"). in a single of his vintage obituaries, Thomas defined Anton Rosenberg as a "storied someday artist and low musician who...
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Hustead could have predicted just how far a pharmacist could go—or how far people would travel to come to him—with the offer of a free drink of ice water and a ubiquitous, worldfamous network of clever roadside signs and bumper stickers. Or as Gov. William J. Janklow put it on Wednesday, a day after Mr. ” Or nowhere, as it seemed at the time. Certainly, in 1931 it would have been hard to predict that anyone who settled in Wall would make much of a mark, let alone a 28-year-old pharmacist who had used the entire $3,000 he inherited from his father to buy the town’s lone drug store.
Gorin saw himself as the consummate patriot, one who would willingly answer his country’s call in time of war, accept his soldier’s pay, then return to civilian life without feeling entitled to further feedings at the public trough. By the fall of 1936, with Mr. Gorin at Harvard, the country distracted by a Presidential campaign and the gifts that had kept the group’s headquarters humming now drying up, the joke was over. The Veterans of Future Wars suspended operations, revoking the charters of 500 posts across the country.
The couple, who formed their own company, Hummert Productions, and moved to New York in the mid-1930’s, farmed out the writing after they had dreamed up the original idea and mapped out the initial story line. But they were deeply involved in every aspect of each production, from casting to script editing. Mrs. Hummert, who had a photographic memory, was renowned in the industry for her ability to remember each intricate twist of every one of their creations. It was a reflection of the grip the Hummerts had on their audience that their programs generated more than five million letters a year, and it was a measure of their commercial success that by 1939 Hummert programs accounted for more than half the advertising revenues generated by daytime radio.