Wednesday, March 22, 2017

David Goodis,CBS,Sinatra, and Chuck Barris: The Philadelphia Connection

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Chuck Barris (1929 - 2017)

Barris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Edith (Cohen) and Nathaniel Barris, a dentist.  He attended Drexel Institute of Technology where he was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Triangle. He graduated in 1953.
Barris' first wife was Lyn Levy, the niece of William S. Paley of one of the founders of CBS. Their marriage lasted from 1957 to 1976, ending in divorce.

Born on June 6, 1895, Broadcast Pioneers member Leon Levy and his brother Isaac (Ike) were founding members of this organization.  Ike was a practicing attorney and Leon was licensed dentist. Leon was granted his degree in dentistry during 1915 from the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced for a dozen years. Dr. Levy was president of the corporation that owned WCAU (Universal Broadcasting which later became WCAU Broadcasting) from 1928 until August 1, 1949.

The Levys took WCAU Radio from a small radio station not even heard in all parts of the city to a 50,000-watt clear channel heard on the entire east coast of the United States.

It wasn’t until 1928 when the Paleys; Sam, Jacob (Sam’s brother who was sometimes called Jay) and William (Bill was Sam’s son) purchased a third interest in WCAU for $150,000 that the station went full-time. 

Now you may have heard of Bill Paley, the guy that built CBS. Well, the Levys were investors in CBS (so was Jay and Sam) and their station was the network’s first affiliate. Leon Levy married Sam Paley’s daughter, Blanche. The couple had two children, a son named Robert and a daughter called Lynne.

David Goodis was very good friends with Dick Levy (David Richard Levy) was son of Ike Levy.

Frank Sinatra wed Ava Gardner at Levy's parents house in Philadelphia on November 7th, 1951.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

WHERE IN THE WORLD HAS THE NOIRCON 2016 T-SHIRT GONE? Leigh Redhead




Leigh Redhead 

Greetings from Seaford Beach, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Although it may look calm and idyllic we all know the brighter the sun, the darker the shadows.

We know that there are many more people out there in the shadows with their NoirCon 2016 T-Shirt. 

Be sure to submit your photograph of you and the NoirCon 2016 T-Shirt wherever you go in the world.  The grand winner will be named at NoirCon 2018.

Submit photos to noircon@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Goodis Centennial Birthday Celebration. Special Guest: David Goodis


10th Annual Car Pool to Hell Tour
David Goodis Centennial Birthday
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 4th, 2017


Graveside Visit To David Goodis

 David Goodis at East Oak Lane House

   Andy Kevorkian, DG and Eric Rice in East Oak Lane

 Thug-4-life in Logan.  DG and the Gang
 Thug-4-life in Logan.  DG and the Gang
 DG and Cullen Gallagher in Logan

 Ed Pettit, DG and Cullen sharing a drink in Logan


 


 Welcome to my home!
 Kate Pettit greets DG in East Oak Lane
 Cullen embraces DG on his 100th in East Oak Lane
 Eric Rice and DG in a literary discussion on the back porch.