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Golden Age of Radio performances for seniors at the Oak Park Arms

Radio Show: A Jack Benny Favorite

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Ben Dooley of Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time RadioThose Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents “Plastic Tips – Metal Tips,” one of Jack Benny’s best-loved shows at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 30 at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The public is invited to the free presentation. A reception with coffee and cookies follows the performance.

Holiday shopping was always a challenge for Jack Benny. Hilarious radio shows were presented that involved Jack driving the clerk nuts.

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear will present two sidesplitting episodes of the Jack Benny Program as Jack first heads to the department store with the gang to purchase shoelaces for Don, but he can’t seem to decide if he should get ones with plastic tips, or ones with metal tips. Every time he changes his mind, the clerk unravels.

The second episode shown on December 30 is Jack presenting his gift to Don with unexpected results that sends him back to the department store, only to find that the clerk has been replaced… with his wife. Will she be able to handle Jack better?

The free radio recreation shows are very popular with Oak Park Arms’ residents and people from the community. Some guests bring their children and grandchildren to show them what entertainment was like before television.

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear features actors and voice over artists who share a common interest – performing old time radio programs for the community. Actors and technicians donate their talent and time.

Sound effects were an important part of live radio shows, and the group performs them live. They have a real door for slamming, doorbells, buzzers, a sound board and shoes for footsteps.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides senior housing in the form of independent living and assisted living apartments. Additional services include respite care and an adult day care program. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The radio show is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.