Mister Ron's Basement II
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Fri, Nov 30 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #922

W. L. Alden displayed a strange sense of humor as he examined quirky news items in his New York Times columns. From his 1877 collection, 'Domestic Explosives and other Sixth Column Fancies,' we find that logical inferences from scientific discoveries can lead to truly grisly conclusions in 'The Theoretical Barber.'

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The W. L. Alden Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/alden.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:04am EST

Thu, Nov 29 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #921



ONE OF THE FUNNIEST!

W. L. Alden displayed a strange sense of humor as he examined quirky news items in his New York Times columns. From his 1877 collection, 'Domestic Explosives and other Sixth Column Fancies,' one of the most hilarious tragic events of all time is described in 'The Recent Calamity.'

Time: approx seven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The W. L. Alden Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/alden.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:02am EST

Wed, Nov 28 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #920

W. L. Alden displayed a strange sense of humor as he examined quirky news items in his New York Times columns. From his 1877 collection, 'Domestic Explosives and other Sixth Column Fancies' we investigate the diplomatic niceties of royal giving in 'An Inconsiderate Gift.'

Time: approx five and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html



The W. L. Alden Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/alden.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Tue, Nov 27 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #919

W. L. Alden displayed a strange sense of humor as he examined quirky news items in his New York Times columns. From his 1877 collection, 'Domestic Explosives and other Sixth Column Fancies' comes a tale of a fleshy rainstorm in 'The Kentucky Meteors.'

Time: approx seven and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The W. L. Alden Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/alden.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:59am EST

Mon, Nov 26 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #918

Our Monday book serialization is George Ade's 1903 collection, 'In Babel -- Stories of Chicago.' The stories in this book range from the hysterically funny to the pathetically sad. Altogether, they paint a fascinating portrait of turn-of-the-last-century Chicago.

Today we listen in on an old Civil War veteran complaining about how Spanish-American War vets are treated in 'Mr. Lindsay on 'San Jewan.''

Time: approx seven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56am EST

Sun, Nov 25 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #917

SUNDAY SALAD features TWO Stanley Huntley stories from 1883 about boats this week. A Captain tells his amazed listeners some tall tales in 'A Few Moderate Anecdotes' and Mr. Spoopendyke buys a large sailboat in 'A Short Cruise.'

Time: approx ten and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54am EST

Sat, Nov 24 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #916

A SPECIAL FIND!



Today's tale, 'Mr. Bowser's Rejuvenation' from 1924, may very well be the last Bowser story written by C. B. Lewis. Later stories all seem to be credited to his son, who continued after Lewis passed away, using the pen name 'M. Quad, Jr.'

Time: approx eleven and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52am EST

Thu, Nov 22 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #915

W. F. Croffut asks the big Thanksgiving question in his poem 'Give Thanks for What?' from around 1890.

Time: approx four minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2007-11-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:50am EST

Wed, Nov 21 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #914

We continue with this week's theme with Bill Nye's 1891 piece, 'Causes for Thanksgiving.'

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Bill Nye Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/billnye.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-21a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

Wed, Nov 21 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #913

Thanksgiving stories and poetry abound in the Basement this week -- we start off with a poem by Stanley Huntley from 1882, called, appropriately enough, 'Thanksgiving.'

Time: approx three and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:46am EST

Mon, Nov 19 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #912

Our Monday book serialization is George Ade's 1903 collection, 'In Babel -- Stories of Chicago.' The stories in this book range from the hysterically funny to the pathetically sad. Altogether, they paint a fascinating portrait of turn-of-the-last-century Chicago.

In today's tale, the tenants of a boarding house keep track of the events across the street at another boarding house in 'Our Private Romance.'

Time: approx nine minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:27am EST

Sun, Nov 18 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #911

SUNDAY SALAD offers TWO Stanley Huntley stories -- the first is an 1883 short, funny ditty about a dying man and his writer wife, called 'Of A Literary Bent'. Then we have a Spoopendyke story that was reprinted in a New Zealand newspaper in 1883, and credited to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (we couldn't find it there). This demonstrates the global popularity of the Spoopendykes back then, making it a true mystery why they fell into obscurity in the 20th century. It is called 'Turning the Seat.'

Time: approx six and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:19am EST

Sat, Nov 17 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #910

Mr. Bowser tells a strange tale that leads to a buried treasure in the 1912 C. B. Lewis story 'Mr. Bowser Digs.'

Time: approx eight and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:12am EST

Fri, Nov 16 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #909

Marcus Mills Pomeroy, better known as 'Brick' Pomeroy, brings us a group of tales of his romances at various times in his life, all from the 1871 book 'Brick-Dust -- A Remedy for the Blues, and a Something for People to Talk About.'

Unlike the previous few stories that featured young Brick's romances, today's tale features an older, but not wiser man in 'My Widow in the Park.'

Time: approx nine and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Brick Pomeroy Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/brickpomeroy.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09am EST

Thu, Nov 15 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #908

Marcus Mills Pomeroy, better known as 'Brick' Pomeroy, brings us a group of tales of his romances at various times in his life, all from the 1871 book 'Brick-Dust -- A Remedy for the Blues, and a Something for People to Talk About.'

The final culmination of two years of wooing is revealed in 'The Result of My Courtship.'

Time: approx eleven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Brick Pomeroy Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/brickpomeroy.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Wed, Nov 14 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #907

Marcus Mills Pomeroy, better known as 'Brick' Pomeroy, brings us a group of tales of his romances at various times in his life, all from the 1871 book 'Brick-Dust -- A Remedy for the Blues, and a Something for People to Talk About.'

Today we hear of a wedding that didn't happen, and one that did in 'Reminiscence of Roxelia.'

Time: approx nine and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Brick Pomeroy Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/brickpomeroy.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:58am EST

Tue, Nov 13 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #906

Marcus Mills Pomeroy, better known as 'Brick' Pomeroy, brings us a group of tales of his romances at various times in his life, all from the 1871 book 'Brick-Dust -- A Remedy for the Blues, and a Something for People to Talk About.'

Today, a nineteen and a half year old young man romances a sweet sixteen year old neighbor in 'My First Night at Sparking.'

Time: approx ten and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Brick Pomeroy Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/brickpomeroy.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:56am EST

Mon, Nov 12 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #905

Our Monday book serialization is George Ade's 1903 collection, 'In Babel -- Stories of Chicago.' The stories in this book range from the hysterically funny to the pathetically sad. Altogether, they paint a fascinating portrait of turn-of-the-last-century Chicago.

Absolute helplessness before a master of sales technique puts a policy in the victim's hands before he knows what is happening in 'Life Insurance.'

Time: approx ten and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53am EST

Sun, Nov 11 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #904

SUNDAY SALAD offers TWO Stanley Huntley tales today -- First we hear about the largest farms in existence in 'Farming in Dakota' from 1881, and a particularly rare Spoopendyke story from 1884, about a nasty goat in the back yard called 'Promiscuous Encounter.'

Time: approx twelve and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:51am EST

Fri, Nov 09 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #903

Mr. Bowser starts a row with Mrs. Bowser, the family Doctor, and a nasty neighbor all over what to call 'The Family Cat' from 1900 by C. B. Lewis.

Time: approx nine and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

Thu, Nov 08 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #902

One of the funniest Max Adeler stories ever tells the tale of the author attempting to learn to play the horn. From the 1876 book 'Elbow Room -- A Novel Without A Plot,' we present 'High Art.'

Time: approx six and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Max Adeler Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/maxadeler.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:47am EST

Wed, Nov 07 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #901

Max Adeler (Charles Heber Clark) wrote some of the funniest stories of all time, yet he was almost embarrassed by them, and preferred to write about economics. From his 1876 book 'Elbow Room -- A Novel Without a Plot,' we hear and see some disturbing goings-on aboard a train coming back from the Horse Race Track in 'The Races and Some Other Things.'

Time: approx eight and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Max Adeler Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/maxadeler.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:45am EST

Tue, Nov 06 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #900

THIS IS EPISODE NUMBER 900!



Max Adeler (Charles Heber Clark) wrote some of the funniest stories of all time, yet he was almost embarrassed by them, and preferred to write about economics. From his 1876 book 'Elbow Room -- A Novel Without a Plot,' today we offer the conclusion of yesterday's tale of young unrequited love called 'Love, Suffering, and Suicide' (part two).

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Max Adeler Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/maxadeler.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-06.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Mon, Nov 05 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #899

Max Adeler (Charles Heber Clark) wrote some of the funniest stories of all time, yet he was almost embarrassed by them, and preferred to write about economics. From his 1876 book 'Elbow Room -- A Novel Without a Plot,' today and tomorrow, we present a two part story of young unrequited love called 'Love, Suffering, and Suicide.'

Time: approx eleven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Max Adeler Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/maxadeler.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18am EST

Sun, Nov 04 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #898

Our Monday book serialization is George Ade's 1903 collection, 'In Babel -- Stories of Chicago.' The stories in this book range from the hysterically funny to the pathetically sad. Altogether, they paint a fascinating portrait of turn-of-the-last-century Chicago.

In today's tale, a nasty man comes up with a clever way of insulting his relations in 'Mr. Payson's Satirical Christmas.'

Time: approx fourteen and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Bill Nye Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/billnye.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-04a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:16pm EST

Sun, Nov 04 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #897

SUNDAY SALAD offers up TWO Stanley Huntley stories today, both from 1881 -- in the first tale, 'The Modern Anectode Relator' a man with a memory problem doesn't ever get around to the point of a story (and neither does his listener). The second tale -- perhaps a deservingly forgotten Spoopendyke story that was never reprinted -- gives us a glance at Mr. Spoopendyke's nastiest side during a gin hangover, in 'After A Matinee.'

Time: approx thirteen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:13am EST

Fri, Nov 02 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #896

Mr. Bowser has a peaceful, quiet evening at home -- at least for a few moments, in C. B. Lewis's 1899 story 'All Mankind Comedians -- Mr. Bowser's Tribulations.'

Time: approx nine minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:10am EST

Thu, Nov 01 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #895

Today's tale by John Kendrick Bangs does not feature a ghost, but nevertheless, still offers a truly out-of-the-ordinary experience that, when you visualize it, will stick in your mind for many years to come. It's also extremely funny. The story is called 'The Speck on the Lens.' from 1894.

Time: approx nineteen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-01a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

Thu, Nov 01 2007

Mister Ron's Basement #894

The Emperor Nero, Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Doctor Francis Bacon, and Sir Walter Raleigh give William Shakespeare the razz aboard a houseboat on the Styx River in John Kendrick Bangs' 1895 story 'A Disputed Authorship.'

Time: approx thirteen and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2007-11-01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:05am EST