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Thursday, May 01, 2003
VOL. II Issue 5A
Barbara Nemec, erstwhile director and writer of "A Good Land" has announced that selected scenes from the play will be performed on the Friday of Old Settler's weekend to give people a sneak peek at the actual performance. Victor Nemec who plays the Narrator, will not be available at that time so Jerry Hinkle has been slated to replace him for that performance only. The "Wedding scene" that has been talked about before in the Holabird Advocate is not one of the selected scenes to be performed and so Jerry will not be playing the Minister that evening. The performance of the whole production will be at a later date, which has not yet been determined, a date that will be announced here in the Holabird Advocate sometime in the future.
It was reported by the Holabird Advocate's Circulation department that as of 2:43 this afternoon Holabird time, a computer from New Zealand logged on to the Newsblog. This occasion marks the first known reader from outside the United States. When he heard the news, Holabird Advocate's courageous, dynamic Publisher, Jerry Hinkle said, "Of all the products and services that this country could export, few are as worthwhile as the Holabird Advocate. I hope this Reader from New Zealand brings a few friends along for the ride."
by Jerry Hinkle, Special to the Holabird Advocate
It was 30 years ago today that Irene Ryan, who played Granny Clampett on "Beverly Hillbillies" was buried. "Reenie" as she was known to family and friends was born October 17, 1902, making her a few months younger than my Grandad. She was quite a lady. Ms. Ryan was one of the few white singers to have a hit single on Motown Records with "No Time at All" from the Broadway musical show, "Pippin". She died of complications from a stroke caused by a brain tumor while performing in that show, after the cancellation of "The Hillbillies". She was 70 years old. Donna Douglas, who played Elly May, turns 70 this year, and has started to look more like "Granny" than Irene did without the makeup. Life indeed goes on. Reality bites.
On the day of the funeral, May 1, 1973, Paul Henning, who created "The Hillbillies", said, "Today is May first. May Day-the international distress signal. But May Day has another meaning. May day was a time of joy and cellebration. I think that's the meaning Reenie would want us to have in our hearts today. Reenie once told me that there was an old saying in vaudeville 'Always leave them wanting more'. Well, Irene, you certainly made your exit on a high point. God knows we wanted more."
It's been 40 years since "The Hillbillies" debuted. It's still aired in reruns at various times everyday. I wonder how many of todays shows will be seen in 2043. The reason for its lasting appeal is simple. When you feel a little down and watch an episode you feel wonderful again, even if it's for just a moment.
"The Beverly Hillbillies"! Long may they wave!

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