I don’t know if anyone who reads this blog would be interested or not, but I thought I would share something I have been working on. I work and volunteer at the Lafayette Historical Society in California. A few months ago I decided to take advantage of their resources to find out whether the city high school called Acalanes once had it’s own radio station. It turns out it did and I have been collecting information about it since. It will go into an article for the society and another version being written with my help by a reporter will go into a local paper. Over the weekend, I decided to start a Acalanes Radio Club blog to gather all the information I have and to create a forum for discussion with former members. You’re welcome to go take a look if you’re at all interested. I would be interested in any tips for posting audio to a WordPress blog. I have a copy of their first broadcast and want to post a version with the copyrighted music edited out.

Also over the weekend, I went into SF to have a big lunch with my great-aunt. I knew about my great-grandmother Mary Riolo and her mother Maria Chippo. I always remember Chippo because the last name sounds Native American until you drop the ‘h’ and see the Italian. What I didn’t know was that Mary Riolo’s cousin was Josephine Chippo. Turns out Josephine Chippo worked in Hollywood in the 1920’s and 1930’s. She also went on to marry Three Stooges producer Hugh McCollum. My great-aunt gave me a book containing writings by director W.S. Van Dyke. Included in the book are many letters he wrote to Josephine during the production of White Shadows In The South Seas. I haven’t had a chance to take a good look at the book, but a post on this will be coming.

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