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SEMINARS

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, magazine editors, and museum curators. 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! 

 

THURSDAY

9:00 am  MOVIE STILL IDENTIFICATION PRESENTATION

An extremely fascinating presentation about identifying the actors and actresses in old movie stills. Anyone who has read magazines, books, or even collected photos of old movie stars knows that there is a small hand-written white code scribbled on the bottom of most black and white photos from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Believe it or not, those are codes. And two people made it their life-long project to crack the codes. Today, if you have a photograph and cannot identify what movie the photo is from, or who the actor or actress is, they can. For a fascinating full hour you can learn all about those codes and how you, too, can perform a small feat of magic.

 

10:00 am  HOW TO SPOT FAKE PREMIUMS

Larry Zdeb, to be announced.

 

11:00 am  THE HISTORY OF DOC SAVAGE

Hosted by Chris Kalb, to be announced.

 

12 noon  THE HISTORY OF POPEYE, THE SAILOR

To be announced.

 

4:00 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. This year the group will perform an episode of Dragnet from August 2, 1951, titled "The Big Cop," which does not exist in recorded form. A rare treat for those who love the series! 

  

5:00 pm  INTERVIEW WITH CELEBRITY GUESTS 

To be announced.

 

6:00 pm   DARWIN GOES HOLLYWOOD: EVOLUTION IN THE MOVIES

Hosted by Frank Dello Stritto. Movie-makers rush in where others fear to go. Controversy over Darwin’s theories surged in the 1920s with the Scopes Monkey Trial, and then came the first horror movies based on evolution. A rocky start and a long retreat, but Darwin came back strong with the science fiction craze of the 1950s. The movies’ love-hate relationship with evolution is a surprising tale.

 

9:00 pm  SPECIAL SCREENING OF [TO BE ANNOUNCED]

 

To be announced.

 

 

FRIDAY  

9:00 am  A HISTORY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

To be announced.

 

10:30 am  A HISTORY OF CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT

Larry Zdeb, to be announced.

 

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

Drama to be announced.

 

4:00 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!

 

5:30 pm  INTERVIEW WITH CELEBRITY GUESTS

To be announced.

  

9:00 pm  SPECIAL SCREENING OF [TO BE ANNOUNCED]

To be announced.

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SATURDAY

9:00 am  PRIME TIME TELEVISION AND THE 1960s.

Author and cultural historian David Krell takes you on a fun, interactive journey through the 1960s as he uncovers the power of TV and how it impacted and reflected American culture.  Audience participation is encouraged.  There will be a quiz with prizes!!

 

10:00 am  A HISTORY OF QUINCY: THE TELEVISION SERIES

Jams Rosin, to be announced.

 

11:00 am  RED SKELTON's COMEDY CENTENNIAL

Mark Kratzner, curator of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, will host a slide show presentation featuring all stages of Red Skelton's career from performing as a young boy through his time on stage, radio, film and television. For more information about Mark Kratzner and the museum, visit here: https://redskeltonmuseum.org/team/mark-kratzner/

 

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 am  A CHRISTMAS CAROL ON RADIO

Craig Wichman, to be announced.

 

 

7:00 pm  SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER BANQUET

(6:30 pm SEATING, 7:00 pm SERVING)

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.)