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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  THE HISTORY OF POPEYE, THE SAILOR

To be announced (2023).

 

10:30 am  MOVIE STILL IDENTIFICATION PRESENTATION

A wow of a presentation, extremely fascinating. To be announced (2023).

 

12:00 noon  HOW TO SPOT FAKE PREMIUMS

Larry Zdeb, to be announced (2023).

 

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. 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! 

 

4:00 pm  THE HISTORY OF DOC SAVAGE

Hosted by Chris Kalb, to be announced (2023).

 

5:00 pm  INTERVIEW WITH THE GALS OF BATMAN: NANCY KOVAK, LINDA GAYE SCOTT AND SHARYN WYNTERS 

Three beautiful ladies who played villains on Batman will also discuss their screen careers which included The Green Hornet, Tarzan, Ray Harryhausen, Vincent Price, The Three Stooges, Elvis, Westworld, Lon Chaney, Jr. and more! Hosted by Bob Tevis.

 

6:00 pm   TARZAN OF THE APES: 110 YEARS AS A POP CULTURE ICON

Henry Franke, Editor of The Burroughs Bibliophiles literary society, presents the history of Tarzan as a popular culture icon since the character first appeared in the pulps in 1912.  His creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, built a multi-media empire around the ape-man, moving from books to film, newspaper strips, radio, comic books, television, games, merchandising, fan clubs, and much more.  See how Tarzan became a global phenomenon, still recognized around the world today through his iconic jungle yell or the image of a man swinging through the trees.  And there are more adventures to come for the ape-man.

 

9:00 pm  SPECIAL SCREENING OF EMILY OR OSCAR?

This feature-length movie is a thoughtful romantic comedy, movie musical, that reads as a love-letter to old Hollywood, with archetypal characters paying homage to United Artist Founders, and founders of our modern cinema aesthetic, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and DW Griffith. The feature length, Emily or Oscar? is a thoughtful romantic comedy with gorgeous cinematography and strong musical elements, dazzling like a love-letter to old Hollywood.  Archetypal characters, paying homage to United Artist Founders and creators of modern cinema — Mary Pickford, D.W.  Griffith and Charlie Chaplin — serve as muses to ingenue ‘Emily Arthur’ (Casara Clark) and protagonist ‘Sam Feldman’ (Chris M. Allport), the film’s romantic pair.  Meanwhile,  trapped between the old world and the new, the conflicted spirit of Douglas Fairbanks offers ‘Sam’ a deal with the devil.  But will Sam sacrifice his soul? Familiar faces populating the feature are Golden Globe winner Susan Blakely, former Nostalgia Con guest Jeanne Russell (Dennis the Menace), Susan Boyd Joyce (Happy Days), and Stephen John Kalinich (The Beach Boys). Written and Directed by Chris M. Allport, who will also present 45 minutes of Q & A after the movie.

 

FRIDAY  

9:00 am  A HISTORY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

To be announced (2023).

 

10:30 am  A HISTORY OF CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT

Larry Zdeb, to be announced (2023).

 

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 SUSAN GEORGE, MELISSA GILBERT and CONSTANCE TOWERS, LINDA THORSON

Hosted by Tom Doty, four Hollywood actresses will recount stories about their careers in what might be one of the largest Q&A panels we have ever had in the history of the convention. These beautiful ladies worked with Sam Peckinpah, John Ford, John Wayne, Peter Fonda, Sam Fuller, Patrick Macnee, Michael Landon and others.

  

9:00 pm  SPECIAL SCREENING

To be announced. (2023)

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SATURDAY

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  A CHRISTMAS CAROL ON RADIO

Craig Wichman, to be announced (2023).

 

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/ (2023)

 

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 p.m.  TELEVISION IN THE 1940s

Entertainment historian Garry Berman will discuss how the decade of the 1940s brought many "firsts" to television - even more than most TV aficionados might realize. From the official introduction of television at the 1939 World's Fair, through World War II, and the establishment of the TV networks, much was achieved during this decade of television's early history, from the first sitcom to the first private eye drama, the first regular newscasts, and much more. Berman has been writing about entertainment history for over twenty-five years. In addition to his six books (including For the First Time on Television), he has contributed to Nostalgia Digest magazine, History magazine, Beatlefan, and the jazz magazine The Syncopated Times.

 

 

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.)