RAS #337 – Growing Up 2

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week we have a news update, a wedding gone horribly wrong, Pavlov the dog, another space adventure and, a freaky ghost hunter adventure. Also, Tom Williams is back with another installment of Growing Up.

Featured Story – Chapter 2 of Anything You Can Do?

Two weeks ago we played the opening chapter of the book, Anything You Can Do, by Randall Garrett. This week we are going to play chapter two of that same book. For those who missed chapter one here is a quick synopsis:

We met a creature called a Nipe. His spaceship was struck by an object and damaged. He realized his only hope was to murder his brother and crash-land the ship on a distant planet. There he would have to wait until rescued or make other plans.

If you want to listen to the recording of chapter one you can find it here.

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The News – July of 2018

Twitter Kills Ron’s Amazing Stories!

Twitter Kills The RASDid you hear the news about Twitter this past week? They removed all of the fake accounts that people were using to make you believe they had followers. Unfortunately for me, my account was deleted. But, the kind folks at Twitter quickly restored it. While all of the people I follow (about 750) and all of my posts were restored those of you that followed me were gone. Please help me restore my good name and follow me again. I promise to follow you back… if I am not already. Before all of this happened we had about 1400 folks on twitter. In truth that is not very many, but I am sure they weren’t fake. While we are on the subject. If the truth is told. I would rather you follow the show on Facebook. It so much easier to interact with you.

The RAS Survey

I am looking to add a sponsor to pay the costs of servers and hardware. You can help with this by taking the “Listener Survey”.  It takes about five minutes to complete and asks questions about you, but requires no personal information. This information used to show to prospective sponsors my demographics. Please take a minute of your time to do this it would really help out a lot. If you have already taken the survey. Thank you so very much!

Ron’s Amazing Stories – Volume One

As you know I took a week off. What did I do? Well, one of the things was to organize and go through every story that has been sent in over the last the seven years of the podcast. There have been over 100 keepable stories sent in. I have always planned that when I got enough stories I was going to write a book. I think 100+ hits the mark and I have begun working on it in earnest. I am kind of excited.

Looking For Military Stories

I am planning a special military episode of the podcast and would like to include your stories. If you have an experience about your or a relative’s time in the military please share it with us. It can be funny, sad or exciting. Anything works! You can submit your stories here.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we have four new stories from you the listener. Also, we have a return of the Nipe and this time he means business. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

June 21 – RAS #333 – Growing Up!
June 28 – RAS #334 – Mason Henry Blue
July 05 – RAS #335 – The Adolphus Bride
July 12 – RAS #336 – Replay of Episode #291
July 19 – RAS #337 – Growing Up 2!
July 26 – RAS #338 – Detective Week

RAS #336 – Tales From Development Hell (Replay)

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week we have a replay from July 17th, 2017. The podcast answers the question, “What about the Five Minute Mysteries?” Also, it has an OTR tale that stars our featured blog guest Boris Karloff and a listener’s tale from Mitch in North Carolina. Mitch faces danger in a story called, Development Hell.

Our OTR Story – Death For Sale

Our story today features Boris Karloff in a story called Death For Sale. It is about a clever insurance scheme which is delayed by a blackmailer and his wife. It comes from the great old time radio series Inner Sanctum.

Special Guest: we have a special guest on the RAS this week. Jim Harold lends his talents to the show for a skit about a wise guy! You can find out more about Jim at http://jimharold.com.

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood
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True or False with Boris Karloff

On this edition of Ron’s Amazing Blog, we will explore the American icon, Boris Karloff. We will do this with a good old-fashioned game of True or False. Can you guess the answer before you read it?

Boris Karloff 1950William Henry Pratt, better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor who was primarily known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed, most famously, Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939).

Q1 – Sure he was a great character actor, but could he… would he… do Doctor Seuss?

True – His best-known non-horror role was as the Grinch in the animated television special, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Q2 – Boris has a blood link to the movie The King and I?

True – His mother’s maternal aunt was Anna Leonowens, whose tales about life in the royal court of Siam (now Thailand) were the basis of the musical The King and I.

Q3 – It is said that Borris took his stage name from a mad scientist character,”Boris Karlov”, in the novel The Drums of Jeopardy.

False – That book was not published until 1920 and he was already using his stage name by then. Karloff always claimed he chose the first name “Boris” because it sounded foreign and exotic, and that “Karloff” was a family name from his Slavic roots. However, his daughter Sara Karloff publicly denied any knowledge of Slavic forebears. One verified reason for the name change was to prevent embarrassment to his family. His brothers were all dignified members of the British Foreign Service. He was considered the “black sheep of the family” for having become an actor or at least Karloff apparently worried they felt that way. He did not reunite with his family until he returned to Britain to make The Ghoul in 1933. He was worried that his siblings would disapprove of his macabre world fame. Instead, his brothers jostled for position around him and happily posed for publicity photographs. After the photos were taken, Karloff’s brothers immediately started asking about getting copies of their own. The story of the photo became one of Karloff’s favorites.

Q4 – The last time Boris donned the monster make-up was for the television series Route 66?

True – Karloff donned the monster make-up for the last time in 1962 for a Halloween episode of the TV series Route 66.  As part of the story Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Peter Lorre meet to discuss whether their old monster costumes, they used in films, would still scare a TV audience today.

Q5 – Borris worked in Comic Books?

True – Karloff lent his name and likeness to Gold Key Comics based upon the television series Thriller. After Thriller was canceled, the comic was retitled Boris Karloff’s Tales of Mystery. An illustrated likeness of Karloff continued to introduce each issue of this publication for nearly a decade after his death. In fact, the comic lasted until the early 1980s.

Q6 – Borris delivered his only child in full monster makeup.

True – He married five times and had one child, daughter Sara Karloff, by his fourth wife. At the time of his daughter’s birth, he was filming Son of Frankenstein and reportedly rushed from the film set to the hospital while still in full makeup.

Boris Karloff was truly a special actor who graced us with some of our greatest tales and horrible nightmares. He spent his retirement in England at his country cottage named Roundabout in the Hampshire village of Bramshott. He contracted bronchitis in 1968 and was hospitalized at University College Hospital. He died of pneumonia at the King Edward VII Hospital on 2 February 1969, at the age of 81.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the show this week we will replay one of my favorite episodes from 2017. It is called Tales from Development Hell. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

June 21 – RAS #333 – Growing Up!
June 28 – RAS #334 – Mason Henry Blue
July 05 – RAS #335 – The Adolphus Bride
July 12 – RAS #336 – Replay Episode #291
July 19 – RAS #337 – Growing Up 2!
July 26 – RAS #338 – Detective Week

RAS #335 – The Adolphus Bride

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this time we have guest Mark Nelson who is an Audiobook Narrator. Also on the show, we have a ghost story from the famous Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas. “Johnny Is It True?”, returns with an all Civil War edition. I think you are going to like this episode.

Our Marquee Story – Anything You Can do?

Our story is read by our guest Mark Nelson and is called “Anything You Can Do..” by Randall Garrett.

“An alien crash lands on Earth, and for ten years terrorizes the planet, hiding, periodically killing, eating people and stealing materials for some unknown purpose. The only hope is Bart Stanton, a medically-engineered superman, designed for the sole purpose of confronting the Nipe.”  – Mark Nelson

What we will play is the first chapter of the book, It really is a collection of stories told from various points of view. Its author Randall Garrett was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He loved the science fiction magazines of the 1950s and 1960s and it showed his support with at least a hundred short stories, some of which we have played on the podcast.

Note: If after hearing chapter one of “Anything You Can Do”, and want to continue the story you can find the rest of the book on LibriVox.org right here.

Links for Mark Nelson:  Marks Website and Mark’s Catalog on LibriVox

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