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Dedicated to all music odd, silly or forgotten, Crazy College has been hitting the airways since 1984. Hosted by Geo. Stewart, it's a fun way to look at the whole panoply of American social attitudes and what them change, sometime even evolving for the better. Spike Jones, Stan Freberg, Allan Sherman, they all have a home here, as do Brother Theodore, Bob & Ray, Raymond Scott and more.
"Never underestimate the potency of cheap music."


- Amanda Prynne, Private Lives



Basil Gogos was as much Famous Monsters of Filmland as was Forrest J. Ackerman. His covers, in their expressive use of color, created a sense of dread in his portraits of Dracula, Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera. He died on September 13, 2017 in Manhattan at the age of 88. He swathed his horrors in vivant hues that were strictly expressive and would seemingly inspire the lighting in the films of Mario Brava. Shadows would be dark green, highlights cold blue, all because Famous Monster Jim Warner wanted covers that would stand out on the magazine rack.



Gogos was born in Alexandria, Egypt on March 12, 1929, and started drawing while working in the family clothing shop after the emigrated to New York City. After a stint in art school he had begun illustrating stories in men’s magazines. Then in 1960 he did his first cover for Famous Monsters of Filmland, a portrait of Vincent Price in Roger Corman, “House of Usher.” After Warren dropped him as his price began to rise, he pretty much abandoned magazines for “high art,” taking only the occasion commission, like the cover of Rob Zombie’s 1998 album, “Hellbilly Deluxe.” For a whole generation of 1960 boys he captured the macabre magic of those gothic horrors playing late night on TV.





Chris White heard me talk about my chemistry set on the air one day a while back and surprised me a few weeks later with an original copy of the Experiment Book that came with the set. There were two schools when it came to Chem Sets: you were either a Gilbert person or a Perfect boy, I the latter. At its peak, my lab had nearly a hundred bottles of chemicals, bought at





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Oct 22

“Dem Bones”

This week we hit the disco floor with Martin Mull, Mad Magazine, and Gefilte Joe and The Fish. Plus Philadelphia song meister Steve Pullara introduces the new dance craze, "The Banana" with the help of Tony Randell and The Hoosier Hotshots.

Oct 29

“BOO! It’s Halloween!

Nov 5

TBA

Nov 12


"Jean Shepherd Remembered"

This week we recall Jean Shepherd, the last of the great American humorists. Most know him from the film “A Christmas Story, but he pioneer the radio talk format, telling his long, rambling shaggy dog stories nightly on WOR in New York City for well over twenty years.


Nov 19

"It's Planes to Sea"

Comedy takes flight this week as we salute the Wright Brothers righteous invention, the airoplane. We’ll hear about Snoopy’s adventures during the great war, then drop in for something to eat at Rosemary Clooney’s house: mostly chicken lips and lizard hips, Ugh! Maybe that’s why we end up getting some medical attention from Dr Grouch Marx.

"Stan “the Man” Freberg"

A very special edition of Crazy College as we salute to the works of Stan Freberg. From his soap opera parody "John & Marsha," to his skewering of Rock and Roll, Stan Freberg was the Wield Al Yankavick of his day, only with a lot more of an edge. We'll be playing a heaping helping his classic recordings and talk with Stan Freberg himself, next time on Crazy College.





Another great Christmas gift, again from mom, back in the early 1970s. The copyright reads "1922-1924 King Features"


“I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that.”

For Dick Gregory, his comedy and his political activism went hand in hand. In a time when it was considered a political move for a white person to welcome a black into their home, Gregory would walk out onto the stage of a Tv talk shows with the casual certainty of a man who knew he belong there. He was the first African-American comic to perform regularly in front of white audiences, thanks in no small part to the numerous Playboy Clubs that booked him regularly and the commitment of Jack Paar not to kowtow to the networks and sponsors.

Raised by a single-mom, Gregory got an athletic scholarship to Southern Illinois University but was forced to leave when he was drafted in 1954. It was there that he began doing stand-up in camp shows which after he was discharged eventually led to a nighttime gig as an MC at Chicago bar while delivering mail during the day. Then Huge Hefner caught a performance one night and had him booked into his clubs. He was working steadily after that going from $50 a week to $250 almost overnight.

Like Mort Saul his humor was always topical, literally torn from the headlines of newspapers and magazines. He put his word to good use by becoming a civil-rights activist and, later an opponent of the Vietnam War. He marched in Selma, Ala. He was wounded during the 1965 Watts riots and arrested in Washington for protesting the Vietnam War. He even ran for mayor of Chicago in 1967 but lost (no surprise, it was to Richard Daley).

Then he ran for president, losing again, this time to Richard Nixon.

In later years when he was asked why he doesn’t just slow down now and take it easy comedian had a stock answer: “I tell ’em, the fight for freedom is out there — it ain’t at my house.”

Dick Gregory died on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the age of 84.


JERRY LEWIS DIES

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Sunday, August 20, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Good or bad, he was an auteur; a Jerry Lewis Film was a Jerry Lewis film. Only he could have made “The Nutty Professor,” poring all his self-loathing into it while still finding room to take on the love-hate relationship with his suave older brother, Dean Martin. When he died at his Las Vegas home yesterday, the polarizing comic left a legacy that included such technical innovations as video assists, which let the director immediate see what the camera saw without having to wait. Movies were better for it – and not just his.

He also commanded a rare measure of creative control, retaining the rights to many of his films, making his films just the way he wanted and making them cheap enough so that everyone made money. This didn’t hold true in other business ventures, like his chain of Jerry Lewis Theaters, push-button movie houses that showed only 16mm prints of “family-friendly” films. (The one in Newark quickly went bust, it first became a porno, then a Blockbuster. When it was finally torn down the bank sowed the lot with salt. But I digress…)





His film career began when Paramount Pictures producer Hal Wallis saw Martin and Lewis as a potential replacement for the aging Hope and Crosby team. Their anarchic style perfectly reflected the post war nihilism brought back by soldiers who had face instant death day after day. Until their break ups in 1956 they ground out a string of top grossing films while still finding time for tv, radio and recordings. (Lewis’ did some of his best work in a series of novelty records for Capital, only ruined when he decided to sing serious, like an over-blown Jolson.)

On his own he became a triple threat man writing, producing and directing such top grossers as “The Ladies Man,” “The Errand Boy,” and “The Nutty Professor.” Only his attempt at a live variety show on ABC in 1963 failed¬- and failed big, created one of the great tv disasters of all time, lasting a scant 13 weeks before he pulled the plug.

In the 1970s his directing career slowed down as he began to buy into the critical accolades from foreign film critics. Soon he signed on to appear in other director’s works, most notably Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” and the criminally neglected 1995 Peter Chelsom’s film “Funny Bones.” Such efforts helped rehabilitate his reputation in America, but never matched the way he was lionized in France where he received a Legion of Honor award in 1983. But even they couldn’t muster much enthusiasm for his last film, the lachrymose, “Max Rose” when it was screened at their Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

Hokey Smokes! June Foray died today…

Thursday, July 27, 2017: June Foray, the voice of everybody’s favorite flying squirrel and everybody’s favorite Commie spy Natasha Fatale, died early today at the age of 99. It was amazing how such a big talent could be contained in such a tiny woman. Standing next to her I would tower over her.

Many felt sad as their childhood closed another door.

Foray was heard everywhere. She was Witch Hazel, Nell Fenwick, Dudley Do-Right’s gal,” Granny in the “Tweedy and Sylvester” cartoons and every little girl in nearly every cartoon. She also was the voice of a talking doll on the Twilight Zone.

They say she was born June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Massachusetts started working in radio at the age of 12. Over the years she performed tirelessly, but rarely in front of the camera, from “Lux Radio Theater” to “The Jimmy Durante Show.” She was heard on Steve Allen’s morning radio show, “Smile Time.” In the 1950s she, Peter Leeds and Daws Butler became part of Stan Freberg stock company for such classic comedy recordings as “St. George and the Dragonet,” “Little Blue Riding Hood and CBS radio’s “The Stan Freberg Show.” Then there was all her work with Jay Ward…

I interviewed her many times over the years and met her in person at the Museum of Broadcasting for a special night saluting Rocky and Bullwinkle where she elicited my help in a plan to ditch Mae Questel and go explore the city on our own (“I love Mae dearly,” she whispered. “But she can be a little stuffy.”) Unfortunately, we got shanghaied into a cocktail party, which was fun – but not as fun as running amuck in New York with June would have been.

June would have been 100th this September.



Frequent Crazy College guest Chris White's model of the Invisible Man
And below is a curio that Chris White made for the annual Blobfest held in Phoenixville,PA. It's really a bar of soap, which is what you would be if the Blob got ya.




This is the limited edition Crazy College T Shirt from 1989.






>The people who put together My Book House did a multi-volume set on the history of the world – just like Will and Ariel Durant, but for kids and with better illustrations. This is the cover of Volume One.



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From the "Mr. Wizard's Worst Nightmare" Dept:


My best Christmas gift ever. There was a rivalry between those who had Gilbert Chemistry Sets and those of us that had Porter. What I wouldn't give to find a copy of the old lab manual of instructions....




To me a house without squeaky floors can never be a home.


Professor Emeritus Dr. Soupy Sales with eager student:




More News You Can Loose...Check out the interview section for insightful conversations with satirists Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg, comedian Dayton Allen, Disney animator and founder of The Firehouse Five plus Two, Ward Kimball, and satanic madmad (he was really a nice guy) Brother Theodore and more!.





From the G. Stewart/C. Healy Archives: A 7 year old Andrew Warhola does his first silk screen: "36 Wax Coke Bottles."



















Hey, all you big time public radio stations!
NEW CHRISTMAS SPECIAL NOW AVAILABLE!

You can get a free Crazy College Special on SPIKE JONES and/or a National edition of Crazy College featuring DAVID OSSMAN of FIRESIGN THEATER or our Silly Seasonal Christmas Songs Fest: merry music from the likes of Stan Freberg, Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer, and the like. Or the Halloween Special...Or get the Stan Freberg Special featuring interviews with June Foray, Daws Butler, Peter Leeds, Dr. Demento and Stan the man himself. Plus lots of musical tracks from Stan! Available to any and all by contacting Crazy College. You can run it anytime you want as often as you want until the end of time or the end of the next millennium, whichever comes first! Perfect fun come fund raising time. No salesmen will call. Act now! No unpleasant bending; no visible panty lines. email at sidetwomedia@gmail.com or call [302] 994 - 7571 for details. Get any or all: The Spike Jones Special, The Firesign Theater special, the Tom Lehrer special, the Stan Freberg AND The Halloween and Christmas Specials for the incredibly low price of ABSOLUTLY FREE! You can't get a better deal ANYWHERE!! As seen on television! Not available in stores!!!





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