DVDs, Past Convention Events
Most of the past seminars, Celebrity Q&A sessions and slide show presentations were video taped for historical posterity. While not all of them are available on DVD for purchase, we do offer a large number of these past events which you can purchase right now. Just because you missed a past year doesn’t mean you have to miss the presentation. Or if you enjoyed the Q&A session, you can now purchase a copy on DVD! Each disc is usually about 2 hours long.
Note: Beginning in 2011, we began video taping in High Definition. This means the picture and sound quality received a big boost in quality. Be prepared to turn down your volume if the sound proves to be better than you expected!
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– Historian Neal Ellis discusses the broadcasting career of Edward R. Murrow with fascinating behind-the-scenes trivia about Murrow’s final broadcasts on the CBS Television Network.
– Author Michael J. Hayde offers a unique perspective of two great screen comedians, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Film clips from “live” television such as The Colgate Comedy Hour are among the highlights.
– Derek Tague interviews the weekend guests, Larry Storch (F-Troop and The Ghostbusters) and Kathleen Hughes (It Came from Outer Space).
– Film historian Francis M. Nevins gives us an intimate look at Hopalong Cassidy in cinema.
– Author Wes Britton explains the difference between a spy and an international courier, while covering the fascinating subject of Radio & Television Secret Spies. From Dangerous Assignment to The Man from UNCLE, this presentation will give you reason to look at television spies in a different light.
– The MP3 Format. Neal Ellis of Radio Once More explains the process behind the new technology known as mp3, the different kinds of formats and how to best encode in the mp3 format to get the best sound quality.
– Voice actors Paul Frees and Mel Blanc were considered the best in the business. From cartoons, television, commercials and more, these gentlemen provided us with recognizable voices that generations today have come to love. Authors Ben Ohmart and Derek Tague host a collection of recordings to demonstrate the talents of Frees and Blanc.
– Author Paul Adomites provides us with a superb presentation about baseball broadcasts during radio’s Golden Age.
– Author Brian Taves discusses the career of P.G. Wodehouse, featuring background trivia from exclusive research. Brian’s book about P.G. Wodehouse comes recommended, available from McFarland Publishing.
– Ken Stockinger gives us a look at glass slides, those primitive forms of advertising during the silent movie era. “One Moment While We Change the Reels,” “Ladies, Please Remove Your Hats,” you get the idea.
– Author Martin Grams discusses the craftsmanship of The Twilight Zone, the classic Rod Serling TV series. Rare clips and screen captures reveal the inner makings of the series.
– Pete Klaus offers a fascinating history of Lee Falk’s The Phantom, the long-running comic strip.
– Author Jim Rosin discusses the production of one of the most popular television Westerns of all time, Wagon Train. Jim’s book features many exclusive interviews with cast and crew, and Jim reveals much of their comments during this presentation.
– Author Jim Rosin discusses the history of Naked City, a police program of the early 1960s filmed on location in New York City.
– Derek Tague interviews two child actors, Jon Provost (Timmy from Lassie) and Margaret Kerry (Our Gang, The Little Rascals). Kerry was also the model for the artists when designing Tinkerbell for Peter Pan!
– Derek Tague interviews Larry Storch (F-Troop) and Edd Byrnes (77 Sunset Strip).
– Fred Berney of Satellite Media Production talks about his favorite children’s program of the 1950s, Big John and Sparky. Fred even offers a few rare clips!
– Author Martin Grams offers trivia about Alfred Hitchcock, including his movie and television career.
– Author Gregory William Mank hosts an author’s panel and writers talk about research, publishing books in a niche market and the book market as it has changed as a result of the internet.
– Author Jim Rosin talks about the 1960s classic, Adventures in Paradise, starring Gardner McKay. Never rerun on television in the past forty years, this series now receives a fitting tribute.
– Author Linda Alexander talks about the personal life and movie career of Hollywood actor Robert Taylor.
– Author Jack French talks about Stratemeyer Syndicate, responsible for Nancy Drew and other female detectives.
– CSI: 1954. Hosted by John French, a real-life forensics specialist and author, you get a background look at how forensics was accomplished in the 1950s before the day of computers.
– Author Michael Hayde talks about the roots of folk music, offering rare clips and special gems.
– Derek Tague interviews television icons Rosemary Rice (I Remember Mama), Diana Sowle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Bob Hastings (McHale’s Navy). As a bonus, this DVD includes a complimentary copy of Mama.
– Author Terry Salomonson offers us a perspective of the radio and television program, Sgt. Preston of the Yukon.
– Radio host Neal Ellis provides us with a visual snapshot of radio news broadcasts as major events happened “live.” From the Hindenberg to a radio station tower hitting the station, you’ll be fascinated by these sound clips.
– Radio host Joel Blumberg interviews two television icons: Lee Meriwether (Mission: Impossible, The Time Tunnel, Batman) and James Best (Dukes of Hazard).
– Joel Blumberg interviews two legendary screen actors, Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair) and Academy Award winning actress Celeste Holm.
– Author Jim Rosin interviews Roy Thinnes, star of television’s The Invaders.
– Author Jim Rosin interviews Ed Nelson, star of television’s Peyton Place.
– Joel Blumberg interviews two women who helped define today’s pop culture: Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island) and Geri Reischel (The Brady Bunch).
– Joel Blumberg interviews two screen cowboys: Will Hutchins (Sugarfoot) and Mark Goddard (Johnny Ringo and Lost in Space).
– Author Terry Salomonson hosts an interesting perspective on the Hollywood couple and their radio program, The Phil Harris and Alice Faye Show.
– Fran Striker Jr. talks about how his father created The Lone Ranger.
– Donald Ramlow hosts a fascinating slide show about Astounding Science Fiction, the long-running magazine that delivered some of the best science-fiction stories of the 1950s and 1960s.
– Author Jack French talks about the girl detectives of the novels who competed against Nancy Drew.
– Author Wes Britton talks about spies on American television including The Invisible Man.
– Bill Parisho offers an amusing and entertaining look at The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the television series.
– Mike Henry of the Library of American Broadcasting hosts a slide show presentation about Vox Pop, a popular radio program containing interviews, quizzes and human interest features.
– Joel Blumberg interviews legendary Hollywood actress Marsha Hunt. From College Holiday (1936) to Raw Deal (1948), she did it all. Westerns, film noir, musicals… even television.
– David Weinstein, author of The Forgotten Network and the Birth of American Television, offers us a great slide show revealing the origin, the success and the demise of the DuMont Television network which was responsible for Captain Video, The Cavalcade of Stars and Rocky King.
– Deborah Painter, the author of Forry: The Life of Forest J. Ackerman, offers us a glimpse of the man who created Famous Monsters of Filmland, Forest J. Ackerman.
– Radio host Neal Ellis interviews three child actors: Tony Dow (Leave it to Beaver), Lauren Chapin and Billy Gray (both Father Knows Best).
– Author Gene Blottner talks about the Columbia Pictures film series such as The Lone Wolf, Blondie, Jungle Jim, The Durango Kid and Boston Blackie, among others. The factory turned out one film after another and how they established a franchise of films before the days of television is revealed.
– Slapsticon founder Rob Farr presents rare films of The Marx Brothers including audio of Harpo Marx actually talking!
– Maury Cagle offers a delightful slide show presentation about the history of Buck Rogers in comics, television, movies and radio.
– Jack French gives fans a look at female aviators in history and the variations of lore in popular fiction. From Ruth Law to Amelia Earhart, they are all explored in detail.
– Interview with Jimmy Hunt (Invaders from Mars). The child actor also worked with such greats as Barbara Stanwyck and Bing Crosby. Charles Herbert (The Fly) is also interviewed and from The Twilight Zone, Cary Grant and Wagon Train, you’ll hear from the actor who enjoyed working behind the camera.
– Interview with Patty Duke. From The Patty Duke Show to The Miracle Worker, Patty Duke has wonderful stories of her screen career. As a bonus, this DVD includes an old-time radio re-creation of a “lost” Inner Sanctum drama.
– Author David Krell talks fondly of the love and appreciation of The Brooklyn Dodgers. His book also comes recommended.
– Author Noralee Frankel offers a slide show presentation about Gypsy Rose Lee’s career on stage and film. Her book, Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee, sold out at the show after this presentation.
– Author Gordon Shriver talks about Boris Karloff, an actor not only known for the horror movies he appeared in, but Gordon explores an aspect of the actor’s career that is rarely explored: Karloff’s television and Broadway career.
– Celebrity panel hosted by radio host Mel Simons with three lovely ladies: Shirley Jones, Veronica Carlson and Sherry Jackson. None of these ladies need an introduction but the stories they tell make the entire panel wonderful.
– Rob Farr of Slapsticon presents almost a full hour of vintage clips caught on film from the bizarre to the impressive — all vaudeville acts from the 1920s and 1930s caught on camers.
– Celebrity panel hosted by Neal Ellis of Radio Once More. Tammy Locke, Ron Ely, Jeanne Russell and Jay North all provide deep insight in working on television.
– Author and actor Jim Rosin presents a fascinating talk about Television Production and how television programs were produced in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, versus how they are produced today.
– Author Gene Blottner presents a look back at actress Gloria Graham and her numerous appearances in film noir motion-pictures.
– A double dose of The Time Tunnel for all you Irwin Allen fans. An hour-long panel with Robert Colbert and James Darren as they talk about what it was like to work on the television series, and their screen careers.
– Author Martin Grams offers a slide show presentation with rare photographs as he talks about the making of The Time Tunnel.
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