There is more to enjoy at the Nostalgia Con than meeting Hollywood celebrities and shopping with vendors. The event room offers slide show seminars hosted by historians, authors, professors and museum curators. Here, you will be treated to a variety of subjects including recent archival discoveries. You do not have to attend all of these events but we do recommend you take a moment and look over the schedule and plan to visit the seminar room sometime during your visit. Some of these events are so popular that the room fills pretty quickly!
9:00 am CAROLE LOMBARD AND THE MYSTERY OF FLIGHT 3
Hosted by author Robert Matzen. This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood start to sacrifice her life in the War.
10:30 am ZANE GREY: LEGEND AND LEGACY
To be announced. By Robert Lentz.
12:00 noon TELEVISION IN THE 1940s
Hosted by author Garry Berman. To be announced.
3:30 pm THE GOTHAM RADIO PLAYERS
The Gotham Radio Players specialize in performing re-enactments of “lost” radio scripts from the Golden Age of Radio, programs for which no recording exists and which have probably not been heard since their original broadcast more than 60 years ago. Among the shows the group recreated were episodes from the detective adventures of The Adventures of Sam Spade, Nick Carter, Master Detective, The Green Lama and The Amazing Mr. Malone. The Gotham Radio Players have presented romantic comedy from The First Nighter Program and On Stage, high adventure from Escape, and horror from The Witch’s Tale and Lights Out.
4:30 pm INTERVIEW WITH TO BE ANNOUNCED
To be announced.
5:30 pm INTERVIEW WITH THE GALS OF SCIENCE-FICTION: NANCY KOVAK, LINDA GAYE SCOTT AND KATHLEEN BELLER
To be announced.
9:00 pm INTERVIEW WITH LOUISE FLETCHER
To be announced.
9:30 pm SPECIAL SCREENING OF ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
She won the role -- and then the Academy Award -- portraying deadly, inflexible Nurse Ratched, who has since become a cultural icon. Minutes after her interview on stage, you can watch this classic movie with Louise Fletcher in the role that won her that coveted golden statuette. McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse.
9:00 am AUDREY HEPBURN: DUTCH GIRL AND WARRIOR
Hosted by author Robert Matzen. Audrey Hepburn's experiences in wartime, including the murder of family members, her survival through combat and starvation conditions, and work on behalf of the Dutch Resistance, gave her the determination to become a humanitarian for UNICEF and the fearlessness to charge into war-torn countries in the Third World on behalf of children and their mothers in desperate need. She set the standard for celebrity humanitarians and Matzen will present us with a slide show not so much of her screen career but her humanitarian work.
10:00 am THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Both before it was filmed and after its release, the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz has many detours on its Yellow Brick Road that Dorothy never saw. Follow writer Frank Dello Stritto as he is off to see the Wizard, with lots of interesting stops along the way.
11:00 am THE LIFE AND CAREER OF NEHEMIAH PERSOFF
Character actor Nehemiah Persoff recalls his early childhood years in Jerusalem, his coming to New York during the terrible Depression, his work as a technician in the New York subway, and his remarkable transition to Broadway and Hollywood. From SOME LIKE IT HOT, ON THE WATERFRONT to THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Nehemiah Persoff's career will be explored by author Jim Rosin, Persoff's cousin, recounting the actor's stories as if Persoff himself was on stage!
12 noon OLD-TIME RADIO TRY-OUTS
Try your hand at playing a role on stage with script, sound effects and microphones. Open to anyone who attends the tryouts at 12:30 p.m. Win the role and you get to perform on stage!
3:00 pm OLD-TIME RADIO RE-ENACTMENT
To Be Announced
3:45 pm CHARITY AUCTION FOR THE ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL
Have a few things about the house that you want to get rid of? Bring it to the convention on Friday and put them on the auction tables. All items will be accepted and every dollar raised during the sale of the auction items will help benefit children with treatable cancer. Bring your checkbook because you can make payment out to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, should you bid on items. (Please consult a CPA regarding tax deductions.) This year we are asking people NOT to donate audio cassettes or VHS videos, since no one is bidding on them during the auction. Thank you!
5:00 pm INTERVIEW WITH TO BE ANNOUNCED
To be announced!
6:00 pm INTERVIEW WITH TO BE ANNOUNCED
To be announced.
8:00 pm PULP MAGAZINE AUCTION
Hosted by John Gunnison. To be announced.
9:00 am DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? How 1966 Changed Popular Culture
Holy Nostalgia, Batman! 1966 was an extraordinary year in American popular culture. In addition to the camp show Batman premiering in 1966 and igniting a superhero craze, Hollywood introduced the iconic shows Star Trek, The Monkees, and Mission: Impossible. Caesars Palace debuted in Las Vegas, setting a new standard of excellence for travelers to “Sin City.” Frank Sinatra’s landmark double album Sinatra at the Sands was recorded and released; his daughter Nancy climbed the charts with her female empowerment anthem These Boots Are Made For Walkin'. It was all set against the backdrop of five successful missions in Project Gemini bringing the astronauts closer to fulfilling President Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon and bringing him back safely to Earth before 1970. Plus, the Baltimore Orioles surprised the sports world when they swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. David Krell is the author of an upcoming book on 1966 to be published by Rowman & Littlefield next year. He’ll share his archival research and exclusive interviews to explain the significance, impact, and appeal of this overlooked annum in popular culture scholarship.
10:00 am JAMES STEWART'S WWII CAREER
Hosted by author Robert Matzen. When he left Hollywood in March 1941, Jimmy Stewart was America’s boy next door movie star and a recent Academy Award winner. He left all that behind to join the United States Army Air Corps and fulfill his family mission to serve his country—only to face obstacle after obstacle from both Hollywood and Washington. Finally he made his way to the European Theater, where several near-death experiences and the loss of men under his command took away his youthful good looks. The war finally won, he returned home with millions of other veterans to face an uncertain future, suffering what we now know as PTSD. For the next half century, Stewart refused to discuss his combat experiences and took the story of his service to the grave. Matzen dug through military records to provide us with this fascinating slide show account of James Stewart's military career.
12 noon METRO WASHINGTON OLD-TIME RADIO CLUB
You do not have to be a member of the old-time radio club to attend their monthly meeting. The group gathers together for review of a classic old-time radio broadcast, demonstrate a brief sketch on stage complete with special effects, and other interactive activities. And, of course, you can sign up to become a member of the club after the meeting and get their bi-monthly newsletter. (Or you can visit the club website and sign up in advance at www.mwotrc.com)
1:30 pm THE CAREER OF PARLEY BAER
Television viewers know him as the mayor of Mayberry and fans of old time radio know him as Chester on radio's GUNSMOKE. Researchers Joe Webb and Karl Schadow will present us with a slide show presentation about the life and career of actor Parley Baer, who devoted his later years as the voice of the Keebler Elf and other cartoon characters.
7:00 pm SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER BANQUET
All you can eat buffet with live stage entertainment! Tickets always sell out for this event. This is a great way to close out the weekend. Details of this year’s entertainment to be announced. A great way to close the weekend of excitement. The dinner banquet is the only event that requires a separate fee and is not included with general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance, sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Which is why we recommend you purchase your tickets in advance.)