Mister Ron's Basement II
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Thu, Feb 28 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1000 (Part Three)

EPISODE #1000 -- 'The Stanley Huntley Story' is so BIG that we have to present it in THREE PARTS!



Today, we offer Part Three, featuring a detailed look at Huntley's humorous writing for the Brooklyn Eagle, the invention of 'Spoopendyke' and a array of funny stories. We also are presenting Huntley's 1880 Brooklyn Eagle interview with Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, a truly fascinating newspaper piece. The episode wraps up with a look at Florence Huntley's life and writing after Stanley's death.

Time: approx ONE HOUR and seven minutes

We will be taking a hiatus for about a week, and then we will be back with lots more of the funniest stories from the Public Domain...

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: Mister_Rons_Basement2-28-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:17am EST

Wed, Feb 27 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1000 (Part Two)

EPISODE #1000 -- 'The Stanley Huntley Story' is so BIG that we have to present it in THREE PARTS!



Today we present Part Two, Stanley Huntley's legendary 1879 interview with Sitting Bull in the Canadian wilderness for the Chicago Tribune, and the fascinating aftermath.

Please note -- A major typographical error from the original publication of this story in 1879 has been corrected in this upload. There is a fascinating story behind this error, and you can read about it at the Mister Ron's Basement blog at http://misterronsbasement.blogspot.com/2008/02/episode-1000-erratum.html

Part Three will concentrate on Huntley's brief tenure as the humorist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, where he created the immortal Mr. and Mrs. Spoopendyke, and will also include the twists and turns of fate that sent his widow Florence Huntley into strange paths as an author.

Time: approx ONE HOUR and two 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: Mister_Rons_Basement2-27-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:11am EST

Tue, Feb 26 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1000 (Part One)

EPISODE #1000 -- 'The Stanley Huntley Story' is so BIG that we have to present it in THREE PARTS!



Today, we offer Part One -- concerning Huntley's early years as a remarkable reporter in New York, St. Louis, Washington, DC, and as the owner-editor of the Bismarck Tribune in 1878-79 -- the wildest newspaper ever published!

A minor error that was in the originally uploaded Episode has been corrected!

Part Two will feature Huntley's legendary interview with Sitting Bull, and the aftermath, and Part Three will concentrate on his brief tenure as the humorist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, where he created the immortal Mr. and Mrs. Spoopendyke, and will also include the twists and turns of fate that sent his widow Florence Huntley into strange paths as an author.

Time: approx ONE HOUR and three 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: Mister_Rons_Basement2-26-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07am EST

Sun, Feb 24 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #999

Our Monday book serialization features Hugh McHugh's 1901 title, 'John Henry.' This was the first book in what became an eminently successful series.

In today's chapter, our hero is stuck being surrounded by chattering ladies in 'John Henry in a Street Car.'

Time: approx seven minutes

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

Direct download: revry-2008-02-24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05am EST

Sat, Feb 23 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #998

SUNDAY SALAD features TWO Stanley Huntley pieces -- first, in an 1883 story, a Montana man attempts 'Tapering Off' and in a story of which we have been unable to ascertain the original publication date, we offer 'Spoopendyke Contemplating His Last Moments.'

Time: approx eleven 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-2008-02-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:02am EST

Fri, Feb 22 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #997

Our favorite old crank rounds up 'wavering' voters to avert the 'downfall of America' in C. B. Lewis's hilarious 1900 romp we call 'Mr. Bowser Saves the Country.'

Time: approx ten 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-2008-02-22.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Thu, Feb 21 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #996

A last bit of sunny skies for the week, as this piece from George W. Peck's 1882 book 'Peck's Sunshine' warns of the catastrophe awaiting raw oyster eaters in 'A Trying Situation.'

Time: approx four minutes

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

The George W. Peck Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/georgewpeck.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:59am EST

Wed, Feb 20 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #995

The sun is shining here in the Basement!

From George W. Peck's 1882 collection, 'Peck's Sunshine,' we get a lesson on 'The Uses of A Paper Bag.'

Time: approx four minutes

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

The George W. Peck Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/georgewpeck.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-20a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

Wed, Feb 20 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #994

Peck's Sunshine is brightening our days again this week!

From the 1882 book by George W. Peck, we present an inside look at the utter scandal regarding counterfeit meat in 'Spurious Tripe.'

Time: approx three minutes

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

The George W. Peck Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/georgewpeck.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55am EST

Mon, Feb 18 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #993

We're spreading a bit more of Peck's Sunshine again this week!

From George W. Peck's 1882 collection, we offer a story concerning the kind of tasty treat that you can only get at a Railroad Station, in the tale, 'All About A Sandwich.'

Time: approx six minutes

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

The George W. Peck Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/georgewpeck.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:53am EST

Sun, Feb 17 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #992

Our newest Monday book serialization is Hugh McHugh's 1901 title, 'John Henry.' We've read from other McHugh books featuring the character before, but this time around we will be offering the entire first book in the series.

In today's chapter, John Henry plunks down more than he can afford to take his sweetheart to a play in a language he can't understand in 'John Henry at the Theater.'

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

Direct download: revry-2008-02-17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:51am EST

Sat, Feb 16 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #991

SUNDAY SALAD features TWO great Stanley Huntley stories involving opening and shutting windows in railroad and street cars today -- first, a truly obnoxious woman drives a streetcar conductor nuts in 'An Uneasy Fare' from 1882. Then Mr. Spoopendyke tries to oblige his wife on board a railroad car in 'He Works at a Car Window', originally printed in the hard-to-find Drake's Traveller's Magazine in 1884.

Time: approx nine 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-2008-02-16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:45am EST

Fri, Feb 15 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #990

Mr. Bowser demonstrates his superior memory powers to Mrs. Bowser in 'Matching Memories' from 1895.

Time: approx eight 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-2008-02-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:49am EST

Thu, Feb 14 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #989

We are featuring insanely funny short pieces by George W. Peck this week, all from his 1882 collection, 'Peck's Sunshine.'

This extremely short story may be among the funniest we've ever presented. They sure don't write 'em like 'The Queerest Name' any more.

Time: approx four minutes

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

The George W. Peck Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/georgewpeck.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27am EST

Wed, Feb 13 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #988

We are featuring ludicrously funny short pieces by George W. Peck this week, all from his 1882 collection, 'Peck's Sunshine.'

Today's tale concerns a group of newspapermen anxious to help the police in a story called 'Police Searching Women.'

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 George W. Peck Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/georgewpeck.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25am EST

Tue, Feb 12 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #987

We are featuring silly but funny short pieces by George W. Peck this week, all from his 1882 collection, 'Peck's Sunshine.'

There are many wonderful places for travelers to stay while on a journey. 'An Iowa Hotel' is not one of them.

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 George W. Peck Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/georgewpeck.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:23am EST

Mon, Feb 11 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #986

We are featuring wonderfully funny short pieces by George W. Peck this week, all from his 1882 collection, 'Peck's Sunshine.'



We get things rolling with a cautionary tale called 'A Female Knight of Pythias.'

Your comments, as always, are welcome.

Time: approx two 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 W. Peck Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/georgewpeck.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:17am EST

Sun, Feb 10 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #985

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 offer the very last chapter of the book -- a charming tale of a seventeen minute 'L' Train trip called 'When Father Meets Father.'

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 George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:14am EST

Sat, Feb 09 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #984

SUNDAY SALAD features TWO Stanley Huntley stories today -- in the first, an inventor attempts to get publicity for an invention that allows people to leap over tall buildings in a single bound in 'A Benefactor of his Race' from 1882, and Mr. Spoopendyke brings home a nifty contraption in 'Spoopendyke Buys A Printing Press.'

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-2008-02-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12am EST

Fri, Feb 08 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #983

Mr. Bowser spends a weekday off work, sitting in his yard and dealing with assorted nuisances who come by in 'Bowser's One Day,' written in 1903 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-2008-02-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:10am EST

Thu, Feb 07 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #982

M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) wrote a variety of humorous stories over his lengthy career. This week, we are featuring some of his short American Fables from the 1884 collection, 'Sawed-Off Sketches.'

Today's fable is short but quite funny. It's called 'The Cat Died.'

Time: approx three 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-2008-02-07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:08am EST

Wed, Feb 06 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #981

M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) wrote a variety of humorous stories over his lengthy career. This week, we are featuring some of his short American Fables from the 1884 collection, 'Sawed-Off Sketches.'

A dying father bequeaths his sons appropriate legacies in 'The Wise Peasant.'

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 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-2008-02-06.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:07am EST

Tue, Feb 05 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #980

M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) wrote a variety of humorous stories over his lengthy career. This week, we are featuring some of his short American Fables from the 1884 collection, 'Sawed-Off Sketches.'

Today we hear a new twist on an old legend in 'The Boy and the Wolf.'

Time: approx two 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-2008-02-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:05am EST

Mon, Feb 04 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #979

M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) wrote a variety of humorous stories over his lengthy career. This week, we are featuring some of his short American Fables from the 1884 collection, 'Sawed-Off Sketches.' Today, a fellow gets stuck in the mud and asks for help from Hercules in 'Didn't Care for the Gods.'

Time: approx three 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-2008-02-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:04am EST

Sun, Feb 03 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #978

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.

A shady hansom cab driver encounters a truly trusting babe in the woods at a train station in 'No Clarence.'

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 George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2008-02-03a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02pm EST

Sun, Feb 03 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #977

SUNDAY SALAD offers something special today! For Stanley Huntley's entire run at the Brooklyn Eagle in the 1880s, he produced a column of one or two liner short jokes called 'Folly Shots.' Some of these jokes featured regular characters -- the Marrowfat family -- and here we present a collection of them from 1881 to 1884.

Additionally, we offer an hilarious story about a newfangled invention from 1883 -- 'Mr. Spoopendyke's Call by Telephone Upon a Business Friend.'

Time: approx sixteen 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-2008-02-03.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:59am EST

Fri, Feb 01 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #976

Here's a slightly different story by C. B. Lewis from 1915 -- 'Mr. Bowser Laughs.'

Time: approx eleven 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-2008-02-01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56am EST