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Insider article now on-line

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Phil Audibert's "Insider" article about WJMA and the WJMA video in the Orange Review is now on-line on Phil's web site. <http://philaudibert.com/articles/2009-09-24_WJMA.pdf>

This link will take you to Phil's home page where you can see the nice photography that he and Susie do. <>http://philaudibert.com/

Ross
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second showing

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Quite a few people have told me they missed the video at the Orange Historical Society and would like to have an opportunity to see it.

The Arts Center in Orange will be hosting a screening on Saturday October 24 at 7pm. All are invited. Pass the word.

Ross
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updated photos

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Bev Aylor sent me the prints of two photos she emailed recently. I've replaced the emailed pictures with higher resolution scans. Otherwise, the pictures linked below are the same as mentioned recently.

<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_50.html>
<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_51.html>

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Shearers

Tom Graves
 

I thought I would pass on to all a note I sent to Arch yesterday:

Arch,

I hadn't thought of the name Miss Julia Shearer in quite a long time.

My Mom raised and showed Whippets primarily because of Miss Julia. My Dad, still a practicing vet at the age of 83, leased their farm for many years for his equine operation. Many years driving to Meander to feed and water in the early morning then go back in the afternoon after school. Her house was always open to us. My youngest two brothers new them best and showed the Whippets.

When I started doing sports and began covering the races at Montpelier, or the horse industry in general, Dad would say that would have made Miss Julia very happy. I didn't know what he meant until your mention of it now. I haven't been up close to Locust Dale in a long time. I hope someone has restored the property.

Amazing how a simple mention of a name brings out a flood of memories.

Tom

Linda Westby?

Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

Willow Drinkwater says she met someone at the Gordonsville Street
Festival on Saturday who reported that Linday Westby (former wife of
John Cregg) had died last fall.

I found this on-line this morning:

Linda R. Westby
1946 - 2008
Linda was born on August 13, 1946 and passed away on Monday, November 17, 2008.
Linda was last known to be living in Keswick, Virginia.

Anyone recall seeing an obituary in the Progress or have any further
information?

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Re: Chet Hagan

Phil Audibert
 

Ah the Shearer sisters; I remember them well: profane, opinionated, and
thoroughly eccentric. I believe they lived at Meander. They raised
champion whippets, brown swiss cattle, and I think thoroughbred horses. Ask Dr.
Tucker about them; he'll give you an earful, as they did him when he
delivered an underage bull who did not know yet what it was he was supposed to
do!.

Phil

Re: Chet Hagan

Arch Harrison <ah7q@...>
 

Thank you, Mark, for augmenting my story on the Misses Shearer and
Chet Hagan.

a r c h
=================

On Oct 4, 2009, at 6:04 PM, Mark Johnson wrote:

As a side note, the Misses Shearer, Julia and Judy, were pleased to
be able to hear Chet's competent comments on the air so soon after
the races.
Someone, please tell me who these ladies were? Audibert, dig into
your archives.
There's nothing like hearing a gruff Miss Shearer giving me hell
because I didn't do a story on a certain horse race.
I made it up to her by boarding our family dogs with them when we
went on trips.
And as I recall it, their house was full of contented critters.
Best kennel in Madison County.

a r c h
Arch,

It appears they were Whippet breeders. The Internet is really quite
amazing. Someone has put old newsletters from the American Whippet
Club online here:

http://www.americanwhippetclub.net/history/historypages/
WN_60_02_15.htm

The Whippet News from around 1959 & 1960 has several mentions of them.

Mark Johnson
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Re: Chet Hagan

Mark Johnson
 

As a side note, the Misses Shearer, Julia and Judy, were pleased to
be able to hear Chet's competent comments on the air so soon after
the races.
Someone, please tell me who these ladies were? Audibert, dig into
your archives.
There's nothing like hearing a gruff Miss Shearer giving me hell
because I didn't do a story on a certain horse race.
I made it up to her by boarding our family dogs with them when we
went on trips.
And as I recall it, their house was full of contented critters.
Best kennel in Madison County.

a r c h
Arch,

It appears they were Whippet breeders. The Internet is really quite amazing. Someone has put old newsletters from the American Whippet Club online here:

http://www.americanwhippetclub.net/history/historypages/WN_60_02_15.htm

The Whippet News from around 1959 & 1960 has several mentions of them.

Mark Johnson
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Re: Chet Hagan

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Seems to me Chet came to us offering to do a piece on the Montpelier Races.
Never one to turn down a story by a talented writer, I accepted. I
think he did annual pieces for many years. This turned into more
frequent stories whenever he felt like it.
As a side note, the Misses Shearer, Julia and Judy, were pleased to
be able to hear Chet's competent comments on the air so soon after
the races.
Someone, please tell me who these ladies were? Audibert, dig into
your archives.
There's nothing like hearing a gruff Miss Shearer giving me hell
because I didn't do a story on a certain horse race.
I made it up to her by boarding our family dogs with them when we
went on trips.
And as I recall it, their house was full of contented critters.
Best kennel in Madison County.

a r c h

Mark Johnson noted that I had misspelled Chet Hagan's name on the
WJMA site. Maybe that's why I was having difficult finding anything
on him. Now that I have the right spelling, here's an obituary and
other information. How in the world did WJMA entice him to do a
weekly commentary?
<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20audio/WJMA%20promos/Eye%20On%20The%20Tube%20promo.mp3>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20audio/WJMA%20promos/Eye%20On%20The%20Tube%20promo.mp3>

I'll update the web site.

Ross
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============
Chet Hagan, writer, dies
Tennessean News Services and Staff Reports

READING, Pa. - Chester E. ''Chet'' Hagan, 79, a newsman, novelist and
award-winning producer of television specials, including some later
in his career featuring country music, has died.
Mr. Hagan, who died Monday after a lengthy illness, filmed several of
his television shows in Nashville. His first novel, Make Me a Star,
chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young woman from East
Tennessee who became a country music star.
Mr. Hagan moved from Pennsylvania to New York in 1949 to work for NBC
News, where he was producer of the News of the World radio program.
He worked for NBC in Chicago from 1955 until 1958, when he returned
to New York as a producer for NBC-TV.
He was responsible for more than 460 news specials during his 19
years with NBC, winning Emmy Awards for Flight of the Friendship 7 on
John Glenn's orbital space flight in 1962 and for the 1966 coverage
of testimony on Vietnam before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He also received journalism's prestigious Peabody award for a 1963
program on civil rights, as well as Sylvania awards for coverage of
the first U.S. space shot in 1958 and for covering Russian Premier
Nikita Krushchev's U.S. visit in 1959.
Mr. Hagan also wrote two books about country music performers as well
as a horror novel set in Berks County, Pa., called The Witching.
He began his news career as a copy boy at the Reading Eagle. He
became a reporter and was assistant sports editor when he left in
1945 to become managing editor of the Lebanon Evening Star, where he
also was editor and publisher.
In 1946, he entered broadcast journalism as news editor of WLBR-AM in
Lebanon, Pa., then went to WRAW-AM the next year.
After his retirement, Hagan returned to Berks County and published
Bookends, the newsletter of the Berks County Public Library, for
which he received national recognition. He also wrote and produced a
film about the library and brought in NBC newsman Edwin Newman as
narrator.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Culp Hagan, and a son, Dr.
Colin J. Hagan of Ruckersville, Va.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Walter R. Christ Funeral Home
in Laureldale, Pa.

==========

There was the "Hagan unit," named after producer, Chet Hagan, whose
way of covering political campaigns and presidential inaugurals
continues to influence journalists today.
==========

Chet Hagan, an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer for NBC News
for nineteen years, is a leading authority on country music. He
produced the first televised Country Music Association Awards in 1969
and the Grand Ole Opry's 60th anniversary special in 1985.
===========

Chester E. "Chet" Hagan, author, died.Cause of death was not
released.He was 79.Hagan published two books about country music
performers, and the horror novel, "The Witching."He also worked as a
television producer and newsman for NBC.In 1963, he won a Peabody
award for a television program on civil rights.
==========
CHESTER E. "CHET" HAGAN, 79, an award-winning television producer,
Feb. 11 in Reading, Pa.

Hagan, who began his career as a copy boy at the Reading Eagle, began
working in 1949 for NBC News, where he was producer of the "News of
the World" radio program.He worked for NBC in Chicago from 1955 until
1958, when he returned to New York as a producer for NBC-TV.

He was responsible for more than 460 news specials during his 19
years with NBC, winning Emmy awards for "Flight of the Friendship 7"
on John Glenn's orbital space flight in 1962 and for the 1966
coverage of testimony on Vietnam before the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee.

He also received a Peabody award for a 1963 program on civil rights,
as well as Sylvania awards for coverage of the first U.S. space shot
in 1958 and for covering Russian Premier Nikita Krushchev's U.S.
visit in 1959.

At the Reading Eagle, Hagan eventually became a reporter and
assistant sports editor.He left the paper in 1945 to become managing
editor of the Lebanon Evening Star, where he also was editor and
publisher.In 1946, he entered broadcast journalism as news editor of
WLBR-AM in Lebanon.

Following his retirement, Hagan returned to Berks County and
published "Bookends," the newsletter of the Berks County Public
Library.

Survivors include his wife and a son.

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Re: 8 new photos

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Gary Harrison pointed out I had the date of Greg's pictures wrong.
They are from 1999, not 1991. There were also a few other caption
corrections. Since I moved the pictures to keep them in chronological
order, the original links are wrong.

Try these:

<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/index7.html>
<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/index2.html>

Ross
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I've added some images from 1991 sent to me by Greg Breeden. Three
of them are at the bottom right of this page
<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/index6.html>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/index6.html>.

And there five beginning at the far right of the second row on this
page
<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/index2.html>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/index2.html>

I don't know that the captions on Greg's photos are 100% accurate.
I'd welcome any corrections or additional details.

Finally, Teresa (Verling) Carson says the often incorrectly
identified announcer MAY be Tom Clark.
<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_51.html>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_51.html>
A phone message today from Jack Du Long says Dan Bell was not on the
staff during Jack's brief time at WJMA from November of 1958 to July
of 1959. That makes it very unlikely that the Dan Bell of 1953/54 was
still there in 1960.

Ross
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8 new photos

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

I've added some images from 1991 sent to me by Greg Breeden. Three of them are at the bottom right of this page <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/index6.html>.

And there five beginning at the far right of the second row on this page <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/index2.html>


I don't know that the captions on Greg's photos are 100% accurate. I'd welcome any corrections or additional details.

Finally, Teresa (Verling) Carson says the often incorrectly identified announcer MAY be Tom Clark. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_51.html> A phone message today from Jack Du Long says Dan Bell was not on the staff during Jack's brief time at WJMA from November of 1958 to July of 1959. That makes it very unlikely that the Dan Bell of 1953/54 was still there in 1960.

Ross
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Re: Another new photo

Barbara Potter-Drinkwater
 

This is wonderful to find out that Theresa is in Daytona Beach. What a beautiful woman. In 1981 I had to go into the hospital for surgery and she not only took me, but she brought me the sweetest arrangement of pink sweetheart roses. And after all these years I find out we both had real estate careers and I am at her original company now: Real Estate III. Small small world! Barbara Potter Drinkwater
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-----Original Message-----
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 17:38:34
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Subject: Re: [WJMA] Another new photo


I received an email this afternoon from Theresa Verling...now Carson.
She lives in Daytona Beach, Florida. Thanks to Mark's Bledsoe tip of
contacting Jerry Bledsoe.

I wrote back to Theresa, but had not received a reply prior to
leaving work. I'll pass along her response to some questions on photo
IDs.

Ross
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What a wonderful event last night. If the strongest of human needs
is the need to connect, we were in true form last night, and if we
can connect with my old friend, Theresa Verling who was the one who
asked me to take the real estate course with her, and I ended up
still in the business 28 yrs later and she lasted only 3
months....it would be a thrill to thank her for the career she
engendered! Last time I heard she was in FL with her daughter but
that was years ago.

Re: Another new photo

artsafari2003
 

--- In WJMA@..., Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...> wrote:

I received an email this afternoon from Theresa Verling...now Carson.
She lives in Daytona Beach, Florida. Thanks to Mark's Bledsoe tip of
contacting Jerry Bledsoe.

I wrote back to Theresa, but had not received a reply prior to
leaving work. I'll pass along her response to some questions on photo
IDs.

Ross
71-86

What a wonderful event last night. If the strongest of human needs
is the need to connect, we were in true form last night, and if we
can connect with my old friend, Theresa Verling who was the one who
asked me to take the real estate course with her, and I ended up
still in the business 28 yrs later and she lasted only 3
months....it would be a thrill to thank her for the career she
engendered! Last time I heard she was in FL with her daughter but
that was years ago.
Hey, Is that my friend Barbara Potter writing? Your memory must be better than mine! As I remember, I took the real estate course at Real Estate III in Charlottesville. Were you there?
I continued my real estate career with a builder of new homes in Florida and just retired in 2007.

Thanks Ross for looking for me!!

Re: Another new photo

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

We welcome Theresa Carson (nee Verling) to the list. Theresa worked at WJMA in 1960 doing a variety of things. I'll let her tell about what she did when she has the opportunity.

Ross
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Re: Another new photo

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

I received an email this afternoon from Theresa Verling...now Carson. She lives in Daytona Beach, Florida. Thanks to Mark's Bledsoe tip of contacting Jerry Bledsoe.

I wrote back to Theresa, but had not received a reply prior to leaving work. I'll pass along her response to some questions on photo IDs.

Ross
71-86

What a wonderful event last night. If the strongest of human needs is the need to connect, we were in true form last night, and if we can connect with my old friend, Theresa Verling who was the one who asked me to take the real estate course with her, and I ended up still in the business 28 yrs later and she lasted only 3 months....it would be a thrill to thank her for the career she engendered! Last time I heard she was in FL with her daughter but that was years ago.

Re: as seen on TV

Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

Typing too fast. It should say NOW rather than not. Grrrrr.

Ross

The video is not up on the WVIR site.

Ross
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<<http://www.nbc29.com/global/story.asp?s=11246790>http://www.nbc29.com/global/story.asp?s=11246790>

<<http://www.nbc29.com/global/Category.asp?C=175568&clipId=4179518&topVideoCatNo=82958&autoStart=true>http://www.nbc29.com/global/Category.asp?C=175568&clipId=4179518&topVideoCatNo=82958&autoStart=true>
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Re: as seen on TV

Mark Johnson
 

Ross,

You mean its "now" up right?

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From: Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
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Sent: Fri, October 2, 2009 12:06:09 PM
Subject: Re: [WJMA] as seen on TV

 
The video is not up on the WVIR site.

Ross
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<http://www.nbc29. com/global/ story.asp? s=11246790>

<http://www.nbc29. com/global/ Category. asp?C=175568& clipId=4179518& topVideoCatNo= 82958&autoStart= true>
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Re: as seen on TV

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The video is not up on the WVIR site.

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<http://www.nbc29.com/global/story.asp?s=11246790>

<http://www.nbc29.com/global/Category.asp?C=175568&clipId=4179518&topVideoCatNo=82958&autoStart=true>
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as seen on TV

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Channel 29 was here yesterday to do a story on the WJMA video. I'm told it will run on Friday 10/2 in the morning news, noon and 5pm newscasts unless it gets bumped for breaking news. If that happens, the story will run in newscasts on Monday.

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Re: Now This

Barbara Potter-Drinkwater
 

Ross....I would love a copy of the DVD. Willow
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Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:34:40
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Subject: RE: [WJMA] Now This


Andy & Ralph,

I too heard the comments that PBS should see the video. One person
told me he wanted a copy to give to his friend Sharon Percy
Rockefeller at WETA. Bev Allison wants a copy to give to her nephew
Jay Allison of NPR's Story Corps.

I'm flattered, but there are some practical obstacles. Some of them
can be overcome, others cannot.

The version we showed on Monday ran 62 minutes. I'm sure that would
need to be trimmed some more to finish in less than an hour. Both
Russ and I saw more places we thought could be trimmed.

When I started recording the video interviews I was not thinking
about trying to do a documentary. Had I known then what I know now, I
would have done some things differently. I'm not sure all the video
and audio quality would meet the specs of broadcast TV. And since I
had no plans to do a documentary, and quite frankly was a bit naive,
I didn't ask anyone interviewed to sign a release. I can go back and
take care of that detail. I'd need to get more than a verbal
permission to use images from the Orange Review.

I did ask the Town of Orange about putting it on the channel they use
for government meetings. They said fine...if I give them a VHS tape!
Their equipment comes from Comcast and that's what Comcast provides.
I did talk to the folks at Virginia Living Television in Culpeper.
They are on a cable channel in Culpeper and Orange. They seemed very
interested, but never responded to the DVD I sent them.

I think it's worth pursing with WHTJ in Charlottesville. At least I
can find out the program length they require and see if the technical
flaws prevent its use.

Ralph, good idea, I'll add the web site to the credits.

When the full DVD package is ready in a month or so, I'll post
something on the list. It will be a two DVD package. First the long
version of Monday's program. It'll probably run around 90 minutes.
The second DVD is another hour of longer stories...and some radio
station audio...that couldn't be crammed into the main program, but
are too good to ignore.

At this time I plan to get 100 copies of the two DVDs. I have a list
of 49 people who made contributions to the video project, one to the
Historical Society, one for each branch of the Orange County Library
and then have extras for those who are interested. So far my list of
interested people runs to 25. I don't have pricing together yet, but
I hope it will be in the $15 neighborhood.

Ross

Congratulations to Ross. I am sorry I had to miss the premiere, and
would love to order a DVD at the earliest opportunity. Have you
considered pitching the video to the Charlottesville PBS station for
broadcast? As a board member on the Charlotte PBS station (WTVI), we
loved anything of quality with a local flavor. The biggest obstacle
to local material is production cost, and that has been taken care
of in this case. Just a thought.

And, okay, can someone explain to me how Russ Roberts, my high
school classmate (Class of '73) and fellow WJMA alum (me just a
minor figure in that compared to him), finds the time to fly big
jets for a living, sail around icebergs and polar bears in the
Northwest Passage AND do all that he did for this video? I get tired
just thinking about it.

Best,

Andy
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