Archive Number Three
This is the
last updated version of the third
Rex Lardner dies: Born in 1918 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Rex, nephew of Ring and son of sportswriter Rex, died July 27, 1998 after collapsing on a tennis court in Great Neck, New York.
He was a World War II veteran, a journalist for many national publications, and chief writer for Ernie Kovacs on various television shows.
Rex also wrote 15 books, the most famous of which are The Lardner Report, Out of the bunker and Into the Trees, Downhill Lies and Other Falsehoods, and Ali.
Sarah Jessica Parker is still not in June Moon.
New Moon: Two new productions of June Moon
have come to my attention:
New Page: I've started a June Moon page (with a lot of help from Kevin Grace). It is still very rough, but it does provide some information about the play which is not collected anywhere else. Anyway, tell me what you think: The June Moon Page.
High School Nonsense: Thomas Jefferson High School and East Wichita High School in Kansas both produced The Tridget of Greva in 1997.
Often I am asked if Lardner said this or that.
Usually I have no clue. He said so much. I am aquatinted with the major quotable
lines, but so many clever ones have snuck by me. Here are a couple puzzlers:
On the Dowagiac, Michigan (13 miles from Niles,
Lardner's birthplace) radio station WDOW this last August 19, they were
announcing famous birthdays. I was happy to hear Ring Lardner, Jr. mentioned.
Then the announcer said, "Thereís a high school in Cass named after him." A
junior high in Niles for his father. Well, close.
Vending Lardner: A 1945 vending machine paperback called
Great Comedies Made Into Movies, includes "Alibi Ike." According to Kevin Grace,
these were dispensed like soft drinks in machines in 16 cities.
The President, Potatoes, & Lardner
Ring is not entirely forgotten. There is something strangely funny about this recent proclamation which mentions him, though. I've bolded--a verb?--the reference.
correspondent and contributor Kevin Grace of Cincinnati
visited Niles recently. We had a nice conversation at a
local pub, and then we did a little Lardner sightseeing,
what little there is left to see. I hate to admit it, but
Niles always confuses me. I think its cities with
rivers that make it difficult for me to find my way
around. Anyway, Kevin, of course, wanted to see the
Lardner home, and getting there is pretty easy. It is
only a few blocks from downtown. I got him lost. We did
get a nice view of a couple area parks and such before
stopping and asking my wife for directions. I always like
to impress visitors to the area with my expertise.
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I've been in contact with a Bert Natter at
Publishinghouse De Prom in Holland. He tells me their
firm is interested in publishing the first Dutch
translation of Lardner's work. Their tentative selections
are: "Haircut," "Anniversary,"
"I Can't Breathe," "Old Folks' Xmas,"
"The Golden Honeymoon," "There Are
Smiles," "A Day With Conrad Green,"
"The Love Nest," "The Maysville Minstrel," and "Who Dealt?" According to Bert, the reason no baseball stories have been selected is because baseball isn't very popular in Holland. "We want to leave the public as few excuses for not buying the book as possible," he says. Good idea.
Some countries that have visited Lardnermania: Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, France, Thailand, Switzerland, Brazil, United Kingdom, Israel, Finland, Bela Rus, Portugal, Ireland, South Korea.
Eric Eldred of Eldritch Press has been putting a lot of Lardner full-text editions on the web. His first was YKMA and now there are others. See his work at http://eldred.ne.mediaone.net/rl/rwlsr.htm
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While browsing the Rod Serling Archives
at Ithaca College (and who doesn't from time to time?) I
learned that one of Serling's earliest scripts is an
adaption of Lardner's "Champion," written for Climax!
Chrysler Theatre and airing on 31 March 1955. This
entry can be found at: http://www.ithaca.edu/library/archives/serling/misc.htm