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26 December: Jumpin’ Jack’s flash

 

Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone reherse, March 1948. The year would prove to be a turning point in Benny's long radio career. (Photo: NBC.)

Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone reherse, March 1948. The year would prove to be a turning point in Benny’s long radio career. (Photo: NBC.)

Saying farewell to the network that’s been his radio home since 1932 isn’t exactly easy for Jack Benny, no matter how gracious he is about it publicly. But considering how frequently shows changed networks previously, and often as not at their sponsors’ behest, Benny’s pending jump is a very big deal, indeed.

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7 December: Infamy revisited—Pearl Harbour

 

The Shaw is sunk at Pearl Harbour . . . (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The Shaw is sunk at Pearl Harbour . . . (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Seventy-four years later, the questions still animate, intrigue, trouble, and inspire, from historians of all stripes to simple students who become fascinated with the era.

The debates will always continue as to whether Pearl Harbour was a genuine sneak attack, or an act of retaliatory desperation following months of maneuvers and blockades. So will the debates as to whether the possibility was known in advance enough of terrible actuality.

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6 December: Two moves for Jack Benny

1936 was a very good year for J. Benny, and 1937 wouldn't be half bad, either. (Photo: NBC.)

1936 was a very good year for J. Benny, and 1937 wouldn’t be half bad, either. (Photo: NBC.)

Jack Benny in 1935-36 is a man in transition. Long based in New York, Benny finds himself getting enough film offers from Hollywood that he figures a move to California is about the only way to satisfy that demand while continuing his increasingly popular radio show.

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17 August: How Paar broke his biggest break

Paar (left) with patron Benny: The younger comedian would learn the hard way how not to repay the man who gave him his arguable biggest broadcasting break. (Photo: NBC.)

Paar (left) with patron Benny: The younger comedian would learn the hard way how not to repay the man who gave him his arguable biggest broadcasting break. (Photo: NBC.)

There were few bigger or better breaks to be had during old-time radio’s peak years than to know that Jack Benny had your back or wanted it in the first place. And there were fewer worse breaks to be had than biting Benny’s hand if it happened to have fed you just about anything.

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30 May: Celebrating a perfect 110

Mr. Allen, still at the height of his career. (Photo: NBC.)

Mr. Allen, still at the height of his career. (Photo: NBC.)

We’ll let the man’s own recollection, shortly before his death, speak for itself here:

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