RAS #324 – Compensation

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week we have a sensational science fiction story with a suspense type feel to it. Honestly, this story just might be my favorite from the annals of Astounding Stories and Super Science. Also on the show, we have a world-class “Johnny, is it True?”, and Justin from Texas shares his own Orb story.

Our Marquee Story – Compensation

We have a short-story called Compensation that was written by Charles Victor Tench. Tench was a prolific pulp magazine writer who wrote a number articles and stories for Astounding Stories. Our tale is an amazing journey of a man who must discover what happened to his friend. The tale sucks you in and keeps you guessing as to what really happened.

Program note: If you want to know more about the denture story follow this  link.

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April News Bring May Projects

I  have been talking a lot about changes coming to Ron’s Amazing Stories projects. I thought for this blog I would take some time and update you. I want to encourage you to comment on these and let me know what you think.

The Radio Show:  The podcast airs each week on Sunday nights at 8 PM Pacific on AMFM247.com and in twelve U.S. cities on Terrestrial Radio. We have been on the radio since 2015 and the audience has grown a lot since then. Recently, the podcast was moved to Sunday nights to headline a block of Old Time Radio shows. My radio producer and I have decided to change the format of this show and separate it from the podcast. It will change to 30-40 minute blocks of OTR material ranging from full episodes to interviews. This show will also promote the podcast and the podcast the radio show. Ron’s Amazing Stories will not be changing much as a result of this and will continue on as it is today. Although, I do hope to use less old-time radio dramas and more of your stories. You can help with that by sending me your stories or come on the show and tell them yourself.

The RAS is now on the Amazon EchoThe RAS Archives:  Did you know that you can hear the beginnings of the podcast?  Episodes 1 to 100 are not available on the main podcast RSS feed. Not to fear these shows have been donated to the public domain and can be found on archive.org. Want to hear how bad or good I was at the start of things? Go find out!  At the beginning of next year, I plan to move another 50 shows there.

Spotify: Did you know that Ron’s Amazing Stories is on Spotify?  We are… and are proud to be there. There are millions of tracks on Spotify. So whether you’re working out, partying or relaxing, the right music is always at your fingertips. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you. Please help us by telling your friends about it and that the podcast is available on the mobile edition of Spotify.

That is the news today and I want to thank you for reading the blog this week.

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we have an amazing science fiction story with a suspense type feel to it. Honestly, this story just might be my favorite from the annals of Astounding Stories and Super Science. Also on the show we have a world class “Johnny, is True?” segment! 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:

March 29 – The King of Bones and Ashes – RAS #321
April 05 – The Jovian Jest – RAS #322
April 12 – The White Rose Murders – RAS #323
April 19 – Compensation – RAS #324
April 26 – Listener Story Week – RAS #325

RAS #323 – The White Rose Murders

No one’s ever seen him except the dead – and they don’t talk about it afterwards.

On Ron’s Amazing Stories, this time we celebrate the date July 25th, 1943. We do that with an OTR story about a serial killer, A news brief from that day and Kim tells her scary story about a ghost girl and her favorite piano trick.

Our OTR Story – The White Rose Murders

If you read this week’s blog you already know that we are going to feature Maureen O’Hara. Our story comes from OTR series Suspense. O’Hara plays a wealthy debutante who helps her detective boyfriend track down a serial killer. The tale is called The White Rose Murders and it is a story well calculated to keep you in suspense. It first aired on July 25, 1943.

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True or False with Maureen O’Hara

On this edition of Ron’s Amazing Blog, we tackle the amazing life of actress Maureen O’Hara. We will do this with a good old-fashioned game of True or False. Can you guess the answer before you read it?

Actress - Maureen O'HaraWe will start with this Truth: O’Hara’s birth name was Maureen FitzSimons. She was an Irish actress and singer. The famously red-headed O’Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, often in westerns and adventure films. She worked on numerous occasions with director John Ford, longtime friend John Wayne, and was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Question 1 – Maureen was the only “Read-Head” in her family?

Oddly True: She states that she was “born into the most remarkable and eccentric family I could have possibly hoped for”. O’Hara was the second oldest of six children, and the only red-headed sibling in the family. Her father was in the clothing business and bought into Shamrock Rovers Football Club a team O’Hara supported from childhood.

Question 2 – She was quite the athlete and even played football?

True: O’Hara was so keen on Gaelic football that at one point she pressed her father to find a women’s team, and professed that Glenmalure Park, the home ground of the Rovers, became a second home. [Gaelic football is an Irish team sport. Players advance the football, a spherical leather ball, up the field with a combination of carrying, bouncing, kicking, hand-passing, and soloing. In the game, two types of scores are possible: points and goals.]

Question 3 – O’Hara had a black belt in Kung-fu and Taekwondo?

False:  But you may be impressed to know that she enjoyed fighting, and trained in judo as a teenager. She later admitted that she had a jealousy towards boys in her youth. She hated the freedom they had. She said, “They could steal apples from orchards and not get into trouble.”

Question 4 – O’Hara first audition went famously bad!

True: During the screen test, the studio adorned her in a “gold lamé dress with flapping sleeves like wings” and heavy makeup with an ornate hairstyle, which she deemed to be far from satisfactory. O’Hara detested the audition, during which she had to walk in and pick up a telephone. She recalled thinking to herself, “My God, get me back to the Abbey”. The abbey is where she trained to act in her youth.

Question 5 – She did quite a few bit parts until had her first major role in 1939 with John Ford?

False: Well, that is almost true. O’Hara’s first major film role was that of Mary Yellen in the film, Jamaica Inn (1939). It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  O’Hara portrayed the innkeeper’s niece, an orphan who goes to live with her aunt and uncle at a Cornish tavern.

Question 6 – O’Hara became known as the “Queen of Technicolor”?

True: She professed to dislike the filming process as it required special cameras and intense light which burned her eyes, giving her klieg eye. She believed that the nickname negatively affected her career, as most people viewed her solely as a beauty who looked good on film rather than as a talented actress. [ Klieg Eye – a condition marked by conjunctivitis and watering of the eyes resulting from excessive exposure to intense light.]

Question 7 – She was a superstar in every way!

True: As Ireland’s first Hollywood superstar, O’Hara paved the way for a future generation of actresses seeking their own voice. With her mahogany hair and her whip-smart delivery of lines, she created a character prototype that seemed to define her country of origin. She was loved for her naturalness and lack of the diva quality. She placed great emphasis on work ethic and punctuality. Insisting on doing her own stunts, O’Hara became so prone to injuries that her colleagues remarked that she should have been awarded the Purple Heart. Maureen O’Hara passed away peacefully on October 25th, 2015.

This Week’s Podcast:

The RAS is now on the Amazon EchoOn the podcast this week with will feature Maureen O’Hara and the date July 25th, 1943. Come and see how we will do this! 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:

March 29 – The King of Bones and Ashes – RAS #321
April 05 – The Jovian Jest – RAS #322
April 12 – The White Rose Murders – RAS #323
April 19 – Science Fiction Week – RAS #324
April 26 – Listener Story Week – RAS #325

RAS #322 – The Jovian Jest

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week Clarissa visits from Utah and reads us her short story. Also, we have a classic science fiction tale called, The Jovian Jest, from Astounding Stories May 1930. Add another installment of, “Johnny, is it true?”, an edited Five Minute Mystery, and you have a podcast.

Our Marquee Story – The Jovian Jest

Our main story this week comes from the May 1930 issue of Astounding Stories. The tale is called The Jovian Jest and written by Lilith Lorraine. It tells the story of an alien’s visit to our pygmy world. This is not an old time radio show and will be read for us by Mike Pelton.

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