Edgar Bergen

Edgar John Bergen was an American actor and radio performer, best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. He was the father of actress Candice Bergen. Bergen was born in Chicago, one of five children and the younger of two sons of Swedish immigrants Nilla Svensdotter and Johan Henriksson Berggren, he lived on a farm near Decatur, Michigan until he was four, when his family returned to Sweden, where he learned the language. He taught himself ventriloquism from a pamphlet called "The Wizard's Manual" when he was 11, after his family had returned to Chicago, he attended Lake View High School. After his father died, when Edgar was just 16, he went out to work as an apprentice accountant, a furnace stoke, a player-piano operator, a projectionist in a silent-movie house. Edgar would so impress the famous ventriloquist Harry Lester that he gave the teenager daily lessons for three months in the fundamentals of ventriloquism. In the fall of 1919, Edgar paid Chicago woodcarver Theodore Mack $36 to sculpt a likeness of a rascally red-headed Irish newspaperboy he knew.

The head went on a dummy named Charlie McCarthy. He had created the body himself, using a nine-inch length of broomstick for the backbone, rubber bands and cords to control the lower jaw mechanism of the mouth. For college, he attended Northwestern University, where he enrolled in the pre-med program to please his mother, he switched to Speech & Drama, but never completed his degree. He gave his first public performance at Waveland Avenue Congregational Church located on the northeast corner of Waveland and Janssen, he lived across the street from the church. In 1965, he gave the church a generous contribution, a thoughtful letter, a photograph of himself, requested by the minister and was displayed in the church's assembly room, dedicated to Bergen, he went from Berggren to Bergen on the showbills. Between June 1922 and August 1925, he performed every summer on the professional Chautauqua circuit and at the Lyceum theater in Chicago. Bergen had an interest in aviation, his first performances were in vaudeville, at which point he changed his last name to the easier-to-pronounce "Bergen".

He worked in one-reel movie shorts. He and Charlie were seen at a New York party by Elsa Maxwell for Noël Coward, who recommended them for an engagement at the famous Rainbow Room, it was there that two producers saw Charlie perform. They recommended them for a guest appearance on Rudy Vallée's program, their initial appearance was so successful that the following year they were given regular cast rolls as part of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. Under various sponsors, they were on the air from May 9, 1937 to July 1, 1956; the popularity of a ventriloquist on radio, when one could see neither the dummies nor his skill and puzzled many critics and now. Knowing that Bergen provided the voice, listeners perceived Charlie as a genuine person, but only through artwork rather than photos could the character be seen as lifelike. Thus, in 1947, Sam Berman caricatured Bergen and McCarthy for the network's glossy promotional book, NBC Parade of Stars: As Heard Over Your Favorite NBC Station. Bergen's skill as an entertainer his characterization of Charlie, carried the show.

Bergen's success on radio was paralleled in the United Kingdom by Peter Brough and his dummy Archie Andrews. For the radio program, Bergen developed other characters, notably the slow-witted Mortimer Snerd and the man-hungry Effie Klinker; the star remained Charlie, always presented as a precocious child —a debonair, girl-crazy, child-about-town. As a child, a wooden one at that, Charlie could get away with double entendres which were otherwise impossible under broadcast standards of the time. Charlie: "May I have a kiss good-bye?" Dale Evans: "Well, I can't see any harm in that!" Charlie: "Oh. I wish. A harmless kiss doesn't sound thrilling."Charlie and Mae West had this conversation on December 12, 1937. Charlie: "Not so loud, not so loud! All my girlfriends are listening." Mae: "Oh, yeah! You’re all wood and a yard long." Charlie: "Yeah." Mae: "You weren’t so nervous and backward when you came up to see me at my apartment. In fact, you didn’t need any encouragement to kiss me." Charlie: "Did I do that?"

Mae: "Why, you did. I got marks to prove it. An' splinters, too."Charlie's feud with W. C. Fields was a regular feature of the show. W. C. Fields: "Well, if it isn't Charlie McCarthy, the woodpecker's pinup boy!"Charlie: "Well, if it isn't W. C. Fields, the man who keeps Seagram's in business!"W. C. Fields: "I love children. I can remember when, with my own little unsteady legs, I toddled from room to room." Charlie: "When was that? Last night?"W. C. Fields: "Quiet, Wormwood, or I'll whittle you into a venetian blind." Charlie: "Ooh, that makes me shutter!"W. C. Fields: "Tell me, Charles, is it true that your father was a gate-leg table?" Charlie: "If it is, your father was under it."W. C. Fields: "Why, you stunted spruce, I'll throw a Japanese beetle on you." Charlie: "Why, you bar-fly you, I'll stick a wick in your mouth, use you for an alcohol lamp!"Charlie: "Pink elephants take aspirin to get rid of W. C. Fields."W. C. Fields: "Step out of the sun Charles. You may come unglued." Charlie: "Mind if I stand in the shade of your nose?"

Bergen was a technically skilled ven

701 Franklin Ave.

701 Franklin Ave. is the third solo studio album by James "D-Train" Williams, known as part of the American urban/post-disco group D-Train. The record was released in 2009 through "Jungshin Inc." It is D'Train's first studio album in more than 20 years. James "D'Train" Williams first had an idea for a third solo studio album back in 2001, he had intended for it to be released sometime between 2005 and 2006. While performing at Paris in 2003, D'Train did a special live version of his 1982 hit "Keep On", which would be a bonus track on the album. In 2006 he release the first single from album titled "Ride With Me". 701 Franklin Ave. was released in 2009. The album was produced and arranged by himself; the album contains 14 tracks, one of them being a third version of the "D'Train Theme" which he recorded while working with Hubert Eaves in 1982. D'Train's fourth studio album was stated for release in 2015 it was going to contain some of the recent collaborations with music mixer Lenny Fontana. Allmusic Discogs 701 Franklin Ave. at AllMusic 701 Franklin Ave. at Discogs Facebook Page Soulwalking page James "D-Train" Williams 2012 Interview at Hubert Eaves III 2012 Interview at

Maol Ruanaidh Cam Ó Cearbhaill

Maol Ruanaidh Cam Ó Cearbhaill, otherwise An Giolla Caoch and Cam Ó Cearbhaill, sometimes anglicized as Cam O'Kayrwill was a notable Irish harpist and player of the tiompan, murdered with many others at the Braganstown Massacre. Ó Cearbhaill appears to have been descended from the Ó Cearbhaill of Airgíalla. He performed upon the tiompan, conducted a school teaching the instrument. In his lifetime he appears to have been an esteemed musician, one of his obituaries calling him " supreme in his art, mighty in precedence and excellence". Friar John Clyn, who composed a chronicle called The Annals of Ireland, had such particular praise for him that Clyn's editor, Bernadette Williams, believes that the two were known to each other friends. Ó Cearbhaill seems to have known John de Bermingham, 1st Earl of Louth, a member of a well-known Anglo-Irish family which had long been instrumental in the defense of the English control of Ireland. Brutally so, as one Peter de Bermingham had in 1305 beheaded several of his guests, Ó Conchobhair of Uí Failghe and thirteen of his kindred.

Bermingham had been granted the Earldom of Louth for defeating Prince Edward Bruce at the Battle of Faughart in 1318. He lived in the same part of Ireland as Ó Cearbhaill and would have been regarded as a good patron for him to cultivate. Ó Cearbhaill was one of over one hundred and sixty people killed at the Braganstown Massacre on Saturday 10 June 1329. The killers were local people of Louth. John Clyn states that "His entire earldom conspired against him, being unwilling that he should rule over them, they took counsel as one, gathered in a great mass of armed men. Not sparing one of his familia, they killed him with his two brothers and around nine of his cognomine and with one hundred and sixty and more." However, Clyn reserved his grief for Ó Cearbhaill, writing that: In ista strage et eodem die Cam O'Kayrwill, famosus ille timpanista et cytharista, in arte sea fenix, ca pollens prerogativa et virtute, cum aliis tympanistis disciplulis djus circiter 20 ibidem occubuit. Iste... vocatus Cam O'Kayrwyll, quia luscus erat nec habebat oculos rectos, sed oblique respiciens, et si non fuerat artis musice cordalis primus inventor, omnium tamen predcessorum et precedentium ipsum, ac contemporaneorum, doctor et director extitit.

Bernadette Williams translates this as: And on the same day, in this massacre, Ó Cearbhaill, that famous timpanist and harpist, supreme in his art, mighty in precedence and excellence, lay in the grave in the same place, with about twenty other timpanists, his students. He was called Cam Ó Cearbhaill because he was one eyed and could not see straight, but looked obliquely. Tiompan Clàrsach Music of Ireland Thomas Connellan Turlough Carolan Derek Bell Origin of the harp in Europe What was the Tiompán? A problem in ethnohistorical organology. Evidence in Irish literature, Ann Buckley, p. 53–88, Jahrbuch fur Musikalische Volks – un Volkerkunde, ix, 1978. Timpán/Tiompán, Ann Buckley, in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, London, 1980 Timpán/Tiompán, Ann Buckley, in The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, London, 1986 Musical instruments in Ireland 9th 14th centuries: A review of the organological evidence, Ann Buckley, pp. 13–57, Irish Musical Studies i, County Dublin, 1990 Music and musicians in medieval Irish society, Ann Buckley, pp. 165–190, Early Music xxviii, no.2, May 2000 Music in Prehistoric and Medieval Ireland, Ann Buckley, pp. 744–813, in A New History of Ireland, volume one, Oxford, 2005.

The Annals of Ireland by Friar John Clyn, pp. 95–96, 95–101, 102, 194, edited by Bernadette Williams, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84682-034-2