The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

When Legends Gather #514

Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Fiorello LaGuardia and Dorothy Lamour


Peter Nellhaus said...

Back in the day when you could actually be a ventriloquist ON THE RADIO!

Flickhead said...

As I recall, when they worked together, W.C. Fields banned Charlie McCarthy from script conferences and rehearsals. Bergen was OK. But not Charlie. Put Bergen and Charlie into a room together and Fields just couldn't deal with it. He hated Charlie. Not Bergen. Just Charlie.

Maureen said...

Wait! Fiorello LaGuardia and Dorothy Lamour?

Christopher said...

lol..Bill Feilds and Charlie...."Is that his Nose or is he eating a Tomato?!"....Dorthy Lamour looking nothing like Dorothy Lamour in that picture...I thought she was Margaret Dumont for a second there! =:oO

MichaelRyerson said...

Well, there's a lot going on in this little picture not the least of which is that hat perched on Dorothy's forehead. Hard to believe that's Dorothy Lamour and even harder to believe we ever thought that hat was tres chic.

swac said... Bergman is operating McCarthy, and Lamour is operating LaGuardia?