And once again the CD player did not work for the "Happy Trails" introduction to the show so Ruth and Mike Sullivan hum. Today Mike and Ruth open with the second half of Twain's "Tahoe," where the entire mountain side is burned.
Then it's on to two skits: "Beautiful Lake Tahoe" and "Advice Mailbox." The end of the show closes with Ruth and Mike humming "Happy Trails."
Today Ruth reads the first half of the Mark Twain "Tahoe" experience. Yes, Mark Twain was at Tahoe as he was almost everywhere else in California and Nevada. Next week Ruth will read the second half of "Tahoe." Well, it's one of those "to be continued" shows.
The last skit of the season before Bryce Parker goes back to college, is performed today: "Two Mountain Men in the Snow." The cast includes Bryce, Mike Sullivan, Lois Richter, and Ruth. Also on the show is the poem: "Eldorado" by E.A. Poe.
"Life on the Mississippi" was written by Mark Twain about the time before he was "a famous writer." Here he is, just "learnin'" the river, and there's more to it than just water with a boat on it. "Learnin'" the river required seeing in the dark when the night was dark as black cats. Listen in for special learnin'.
Every once and a while, the "The Chambers Street Players" come on the show with a skit. Today the radio show: "For the Birds," crowds five performers in the about 4 feet by 6 foot KDRT studio with three mics and cooks up a fun time, or such was the intention.
She was born, she lived, she wrote the book "The Weight of Gold." It's all about the 1849 Gold Rush in California. It was this Gold Rush that gave hope to people all over the world, and money, too, and free land. The energy of the Gold Rush inspired writers to expand their talents and share many possibilities with people of dreams. Mark Twain was the big talent of the West, but Jules Verne way over in France was also part of this explosion of talent, and so was Baum of "Wizard of Oz" fame. Ruth reads all these authors as well as her own stories.