After the nice response to my first trip delving into the hundreds of tapes in my basement, I'm going to try and make this a monthly excursion. Today's visit, like the first one more of a random sampling than a "best of", features a nice demo reel for an advertising agency, featuring their male talent, including some big names, then an audio letter from family members vacationing in Los Angeles to family members abroad.
First up, the Demo Reel from Cunningham and Associates, Los Angeles. In most cases, the performer is presented for about a minute, usually with one or two ads. There are several men here whose names are unknown to me, but here and there a truly big name pops up (Ted Cassidy?! Carroll O'Connor!? Jack Narz?!?).
Here are the files, with the names of the performers you will hear (apologies to those whose names I may have misspelled), separated into six segments of about four minutes each:
Part One: Sheldon Allman, Ernie Anderson, John Anderson, Lloyd Bachner (MP3)
Part Two: Larry Burrell, Howard Caine, John Carradine, Ted Cassidy (MP3)
Part Three: Reege Cordick, James Daley, Danny Dark, Roy Druschal (MP3)
Part Four: John Erwin, Peter Gerrold, James Gregory, Ralph James (MP3)
Part Five: Tim McEntire, Jack Narz, Carroll O’Connor, Steve Pendleton (MP3)
Part Six: Bill Shallart, Rod Serling, Chill Wills (MP3)
The second tape I've selected for today is one of those "Audio Letters" which used to be so common, from the late 50's through the '70's on reel tape, and on cassettes for years after that. In today's tape, several relatives, led my "mama and papa" send a tape to someone living in England (as I recall, anyway - it's only mentioned once, and it's been weeks since I digitized this tape), with complete reports on several sightseeing trips and activities in southern California.
There are some interesting and fun moments here, for people who like this sort of thing. And if you do like this sort of thing, let me know, as I have a lot more of these audio letters. I also have several more ad tapes and demo reels.
Part one of this family letter is just over 30 minutes long. The conclusion is around six minutes long.