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Old Time Radio Memory: Jonathan Boswell : Old Time Radio in Iraq

... in front of a famous memorial modeled after Saddam Hussein's arms

I am 51 years old: a little young to know the great days of radio, but I heard my mother talk about it a lot. Of course I've heard a few tapes in my past, and nostalgia programs. But a couple of years ago I bought a set of Jack Benny programs on MP3.

Well, suddenly long car trips weren't so tedious; around the house I wasn't glued to the TV, and there was a lot more laughter everywhere! I've collected a few other programs since then, and have developed a deep appreciation of this very important part of American culture. Also, I appreciate getting some really good entertainment without offensive and insulting language.

Here in Iraq, these things have been practically a lifesaver. Time sometimes hangs a little heavy, but then you just put on Jack, Command Performance, , Amos & Andy, Groucho Marx or Paladin to choose from.

So, many regards to other old-time aficionados, and thanks for what you do to preserve this part of Americana.

-Jonathan H. Boswell , born 1952

See also:  Edward Rennie

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God bless you all for sending recordings of radio shows to our troops. As a veteran I can tell you every touch of home is appreciated and exposing our younger folks to OTR is a wonderful way for them to connect to their parents and grandparents. I think it gives them an understanding and a feeling for what an older generation experienced under similar conditions. Thanks again and may God bless you all REAL GOOD.


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