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It was a tough day yesterday. They put my wife back in the hospital after I was worn out going to my first Kiwanis meeting in months followed by errands. She went to her cardiologist for a regular checkup and was in A-fib so they admitted her. I am off to the hospital so here is another daily from the past.

Ray’s Daily first published on March 11, 2004

Few people remember that Chicago was a major radio broadcast center in the days before television. Each radio day was filled with soap operas, kid’s shows, game shows, variety, comedy, and more. Many if not, most of these shows originated in Chicago and many were broadcast live with studio audiences. I lived in Chicago in those days and was fortunate to be able to attend many of these broadcasts, some of you may remember the Don McNeal breakfast club, Mr. First Nighter, Stella Dallas, Jack Armstrong, the Green Hornet, the Shadow, Let’s Pretend, Jack Benny, and I could name maybe 100 more, many that then came from my hometown, Chicago.

What brought this to mind was the fact that the last broadcast of National Barn Dance was on this day in 1950. A Chicago version of the Grand Ole Opry, the live show regularly drew audiences of more than 1,000 people to see country music acts in person, if I recall we use to see it at the Chicago Amphitheatre. The program was first aired locally on WLS in Chicago in 1924 and was picked up by NBC in 1929. NBC’s version of the show featured a mix of ballads, sentimental songs, a ballroom dance orchestra, and popular performers such as “The Singing Cowboy” Gene Autry and “Olaf the Swede,” who sang well-known songs with a Swedish accent. Each episode began with, “Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here!” Every time I hear the Prairie Home Companion on public radio I think I am back home listening to the latest broadcast of the National Barn Dance.

For most of its run, the radio show aired for an hour on Saturday nights, but the live show could run up to four hours. Among the stars of the show in the early 1930s was Patsy Montana, who became the first female country-western singer to sell a million albums. The show also helped launch the careers of the Williams Brothers, an Iowa quartet that included Andy Williams.

I still find it fun to relive the days of radio through the old time radio tapes and records I have collected over the years. Those were the days of magnificent scenery, majestic adventures, graphic thrills since all we saw was a product of our minds eye. We listened intently to the dialogue and visualized the rest in our imagination. I often feel we have lost something important because today we are presented with programs that give us everything and no longer leave anything to the imagination. I fear that many of us have lost a taste for the language of the theatre as good dialogue has been replaced by spectacle. If true it is a tragic loss of one of life’s great rewards.


We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.

George Eliot


Why Dogs Are Better Than Kids:

It doesn’t take 45 minutes to get a dog ready to go outside in the winter.

Dogs cannot lie.

Dogs never resist nap time.

You don’t need to get extra phone lines for a dog.

Dogs don’t pester you about getting a kid.

Dogs don’t care if the peas have been touched by the mashed potatoes.

Average cost of sending a dog to school:  $42…  Average cost of sending a kid: $103,000…

Dogs are housebroken by the time they are 12 weeks old.

Your dog is not embarrassed if you sing in public.

If your dog is a bad seed, your genes cannot be blamed.

Debbie, Terry, and Tracy, I didn’t mean you, Dad.


Cats regard people as warm-blooded furniture


You are sitting behind the wheel in a car keeping a constant speed, on you left side there is an abyss.

On your right side you have a fire engine and it keeps the same speed as you.

In front of you runs a pig, larger than you car.

A helicopter is following you, at ground level.

Both the helicopter and the pig are keeping the same speed as you.

What will you need to do to be able to stop?


Get out of the car, step down from the merry-go-round and leave you seat to someone younger.

The children’s merry-go-round in the amusement park is primarily for the younger children.


For every minute you are angry with someone, you lose 60 seconds of happiness that you can never get back.


A woman, on meeting a psychologist at a party, made a pitch for some free professional advice.  “What kind of toy would you suggest giving a little boy on his third birthday?” she asked.

“First I’d have to know more about the child,” the psychologist hedged.

The woman took a deep breath. “He’s very bright and quick-witted and exceptionally advanced for his age,” she said. “He has good coordination, expresses himself very well…”

“Oh, I see,” the psychologist said, “It’s YOUR child!”


Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.


Miss Smith and Little Johnny’s father were having a parent teacher conference.  Miss Smith said to Little Johnny’s father, “Well, at least there’s one thing I can say about your son.”

Little Johnny’s father asked, “What’s that?”

“With grades like these, he couldn’t possibly be cheating.”


Always use tasteful words. You may have to eat them.


The Veterinarian said: A client brought a litter of golden retriever puppies to my veterinary clinic for inoculations and worming. As the look-alike pups squirmed over and under one another in their box, I realized it would be difficult to tell the treated ones from the rest.

I turned on the water faucet, wet my fingers, and moistened each dog’s head when I had finished a treatment.

After the fourth puppy, I noticed my hitherto talkative client had grown silent. As I sprinkled the last pup’s head, the woman leaned forward and she whispered, “I didn’t know they had to be baptized.”


And on the 8th day God said, “OK Murphy, you take over.”


Did you hear about the Irish schoolboy who was studying Greek Mythology?

When the teacher asked him to name something that was half-man and half-beast he replied “Buffalo Bill.”


But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.

Benjamin Disraeli


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



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