As most of you know, I'm a big fan of Joss Whedon.
What some of you may not know is that I enjoy old radio comedies. One of my favorites is one called The Great Gildersleeve.
It was the first spin-off in radio history (Gildersleeve started out as a character on Fibber McGee and Molly
before graduating to his own show) and it followed the story of bachelor uncle Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. A lot of the show dealt with Gildy's attempts to be a good single parent to his neice and nephew, his job as water commissioner and his love life.
If it were on today, it'd be more of a dramedy than just an out and out comedy.
Anyway, I'm going the long way around the barn here to get to my point.
A few years ago, I found a web site that offered for a small fee, six CDs with .mp3s of all the Gildersleeve
shows in existence for a small fee. Since these were old radio and the copyrights had long since expired, sharing the files in this way was and is perfectly legal. In fact, the price was reasonable since it was only the cost of materials plus shipping. And it was done via a secure server so I knew it wasn't a fraud to steal my identity.
I purchased the set.
Now, in listening to the shows, during one run of the shows, the announcer says "Written by so and so and John Whedon."
Which got my brain wondering--is John related to Joss?
Turns out according to Wikipedia, John Whedon is related to Joss. He's Joss's grandfather and he wrote for the Donna Reed Show
for television as well.
So, I thought that connection between two favorites of mine was pretty cool.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/23/2006 08:39:00 AM