REMEMBERING STEPHEN LODGE
This February many of us Western fans lost a dear friend, author Stephen Lodge. His career was so far-flung that I was trying to figure out what to write about him, and then I realized he told his own story better than anyone else possibly could. I first met Stephen back in 2011 I reviewed the book that was the story of his life, AND.....ACTION! and interviewed him. Knowing that many of my current readers weren't reading The Round-up back then, I'm re-running the review and interview below. If you'd like to read Stephen's books, you can find them all at Amazon, HERE.
BOOK REVIEW: AND…ACTION!
H: What was Crash like to work for?
S: A very pleasant man. I mostly worked for a guy named Charley Aldrich, who ran the street shows. Crash was there every weekend, and had pictures taken with kids, on his horse, and all. He wanted to do movies in the middle of the week, during the summer, for the people, when there were no movie companies out there. He had an old script for a Billy the Kid show, an old 16mm camera, and a sound system. He cast me as Billy the Kid, so I’d go out there every day, and put make-up on – we had a small number of people pretending to be the crew. We started with film in the camera – and I’d love to get my hands on it, and I think Tommy Corrigan’s got it someplace. We shot two weeks or so, and I rode Flash, his horse, and he let me borrow his gun for the whole thing. That went on until September, when I had to leave abruptly, because I got a real job in
Back in October, with the Presidential election just around the corner, I had the pleasure of taking part, as announcer, in a series of election-themed Old Time Radio reenactments, One of them was a Lone Ranger episode, 'The Not-So-Crooked Election', and I was delighted to learn that Steven Kirk, who plays the Lone Ranger, had the show video-recorded. If you're a fan of dramatic -- okay, melodramatic -- radio, watching this will bring back fond memories. And if you haven't seen how Old Time Radio shows were performed, with live sound effects, it might even be educational, and hopefully funny. By the way, Jeff Zimmer, who does the sound effects, also directed.
THANKS A MILLION!
Or make that 1,017,241! That's how many pageviews the Round-up has had since it began in January of 2010. I find it astonishing, and hugely gratifying. As I write, the Round-up is being read in the United States, China, Spain, Turkey, France, Belgium, Lithuania, The Netherlands, South Korea, Germany, and Austria. Thank you so much to all of my readers, in more than 100 countries, who regularly read the Round-up!
THAT'S A WRAP!
I hope you're all enjoying season two of UNDERGROUND on WGN, and the new AMC Western THE SON. I've only seen episode one of the former, and one and two of the latter, so don't give anything away! Coming very soon, video reviews, and my coverage of the TCM Festival!
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