Once Again….The One, the Only…..Groucho!!!!

March 13, 2019
Original Groucho

Helen and Johnny Boy with Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx

Last month Helen and I went to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love”, to celebrate Helen’s Birthday.  We had an amazing Birthday dinner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.  We also visited the famous Reading Terminal Market.  And we toured the bizarre, but interesting, “Mutter Museum” which is affiliated with the “The College of Physicians of Philadelphia“.  But there is no doubt that the highlight of our extended weekend in Philly was to again see our dear friend Frank Ferrante in two shows at the historic “Walnut Street Theatre”.

The first show was a fantastic comedic romp entitled “A Comedy of Tenors“.  Frank Ferrante starred in a dual role and directed this hilarious madcap comedy.  Lots of physical comedy, sight gags, and clever dialogue as well.  I was laughing non-stop and the entire cast was tremendous and Frank was exceptional in both roles and directing this great show.  Helen and I loved the show immensely!!!!


And on his day off, Monday, Frank again played the role that he is known for and has played for the past 35 years, the one….the only….Groucho Marx!!!!  Frank Ferrante again presented his amazing one-man-show “An Evening with Groucho” to a sold out crowd at the “Walnut Street Theater”.  During this delightful one-man-show, Frank tells the story of Groucho and the Marx Brothers from their beginnings and to the end when Groucho was elderly and still made public appearances.  Frank, (as Groucho) sings and dances to many of the famous songs featured in various Marx Brothers films and in Groucho fashion interacts with the audience and even the staff of the “Walnut Street Theater”.  This is a show that has been all over the planet, so whenever Frank is in your neck of the woods, I highly recommend you seeing this show and experience comedy as we did numerous decades ago.

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After the show, Frank usually makes himself available for autographs, and photos and to say hello to the fans.  Helen and I have seen this show approximately seven times and we never get tired of it.  Franks always takes the time to thank everyone for supporting the show and for coming out to see him.  All I can say is the pleasure is all ours Frank!!!!  Thank you for keeping the memory alive of the Marx Brothers and probably the quickest wit of all time….The one and only…..Groucho Marx.

Frank Ferrante as Groucho

An autographed photo of Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx

I was again so moved by this wonderful show, when we got home, I decided to present another installment of “Woo-Hoo Extra” on “Radio Once More” and pay tribute to Groucho Marx.  During the show we mentioned Frank’s one man show and we played a few of the wonderful numbers that Groucho sings in some of the famous Marx Brothers films.  We also played an abbreviated version of an episode of the famous quiz show that Groucho hosts, “You Bet Your Life”.  And as an added bonus, we played the audio of the Mystery Guest segment of an episode of “What’s My Line?” featuring Groucho as the mystery guest.  This segment is arguably one of the funniest mystery guest segments ever.  It is incredibly hysterical and is just as funny with the audio only.  Below is the entire “Woo-Hoo Extra” show as it aired on February 27th:

Thanks for stopping by the “Holmsey Blog” and being part of this Groucho Marx tribute……….’and tell them Groucho sent you’!!!!!!!


Helen and Johnny wearing our Groucho Marx T-Shirts

“Woo-Hoo Extra”

March 3, 2019

Woo-Hoo Extra

Since I am now officially retired after 30 years of service with the New Jersey Division of Taxation, (my official last day of work was December 28th 2018 and I have a few photos “Last Day Photos” posted on our Flickr page) I have the luxury of not keeping regular hours and sleeping in and staying up late and pursuing hobbies and all that fun stuff.  In December I proposed to my boss Neal Ellis at “Radio Once More” the idea of me occasionally “popping on” for an impromptu Live Show for a quick hour.  This is in addition to our regular 3 hour Live Show every other Wednesday evening from 9PM-12AM (eastern) known as “Woo-Hoo Wednesday”.

During the 1 hour impromptu Live Show, we would not have our regular segments, and open up the “Holmsey Listener Line” (609) 845-3570 for anyone that would like to chat or simply say “Hello”!!!!  Ordinarily, I would not have a planned theme, just some “Old Time Radio” programs and music ready to go to accompany the conversation.  Although, if the opportunity presents itself, I can use the hour for a specific theme or topic, as we did recently when we focused on Groucho Marx and played some Groucho songs and clips along with an episode of “You Bet Your Life”.

Additionally, this gives me the opportunity to have additional guests on Live, either by Skype, Zoom, or they can join me in the studio and chat Live and chat with our listeners on our “Holmsey Listener Line”.  The Big Boss Loved the idea of this impromptu Live Show and we decided to call it…..”Woo-Hoo Extra”!!!!!!  We’ve already done a few and it’s worked out very well.  I can pop on at any time, day or night for a quick hour.  Keep an eye on the “Radio Once More” Facebook Page, I’ll make a post before we “pop on” for another installment of “Woo-Hoo Extra” on “Radio Once More”!!!!!

I’m looking forward to chatting with you on “Radio Once More” during a future installment of….”Woo-Hoo Extra”!!!!!!!!!

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“Benny All-Niter” (2019)

February 13, 2019

Helen & Johnny - Benny All-Nite

Hello All!!!!! Helen and I are proud to host another installment of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at Mount Holly’s newest coffee shop, “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, at 14 White Street in Mill Race Village, located in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, February 15th (6:30PM to 9PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage as we present a “Benny All-Niter”.  We will be presenting three episodes from ‘The Jack Benny Program’, one each from the 1930’s, 1940’s, and the 1950’s.

Stay for 1, 2, or all 3 shows!!!!  As a special bonus, we are also planning to broadcast the presentation live on www.RadioOnceMore.com Wednesday, February 20th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Benny All-Niter” presentation live, once at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, and once on “Radio Once More”.  We have some great Jack Benny shows and fun lined up for this special Friday evening event.  Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Benny All-Niter - J. Benny

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!!  Arrive early if you plan on attending, it’s a cozy coffee shop with limited seating.

Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Friday evening at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe” on February 15th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening February 20th at 9PM!!!!!  Woo-Hoo!!!!

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Helen and Johnny on the “Walden and Patricia Show”

February 4, 2019

H & J with W & P

Last month, Helen and I had the honor and privilege to be guests on the “Walden and Patricia Show” on the internet radio station “Yesterday USA”.  “Yesterday USA” carries Old Time Radio and other nostalgia related programming so they invited us on to discuss our “An Evening of Old Time Radio” presentations in downtown Mount Holly at Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe and our “Woo-Hoo Wednesdays” on the internet radio station “Radio Once More”.

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Our dear friend Walden hosting his Old Time Radio/Nostalgia Radio Show on “Yesterday USA”

It was a delightful conversation with Walden and Patricia and Larry Gassman joined in with the discussion as well to add to the fun.  Yesterday USA uses the conference application Zoom on their Live Shows and they create a “Zoom Room”.  The Zoom application has great sound quality and allowed Helen and I to speak together and also allowed us to goof around with Walden, Patricia, and Larry and play some of our usual sound effects that the “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” listeners are accustomed to listening to on “Radio Once More”.

We plan to reciprocate and invite Walden and Patricia later in the year to “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” and discuss their “Yesterday USA” radio show and discuss the upcoming SPERDVAC (The Society To Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy) convention in November.  Larry Gassman currently serves as President, Larry’s twin brother John Gassman serves as Vice President, and Walden also serves as a board member of SPERDVAC.  This years SPERDVAC convention is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa, California and begins Thursday evening November 7th, and ends Sunday Morning November 11th.  Helen and I attended the SPERDVAC convention in 2017 while we were vacationing in Las Vegas.  That is when I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Walden.  Helen and I are planning on attending the SPERDVAC convention in November and we look forward to seeing Walden, along with Larry and John Gassman and many other Old Time Radio friends.

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John and Larry Gassman at the 2017 SPERDVAC Convention

Below is the entire discussion Helen and I had with Walden, Patricia, and Larry Gassman on “Yesterday USA”.

Again, Helen and I wish to thank Walden, Patricia, and Larry for inviting us to chat with them on “Yesterday USA” and we’ll see you in November at SPERDVAC.


2018 Year End Holiday Letter

January 1, 2019

2019 Blog Title Photo

Happy Holidays to all our friends and family.  2018 has been another incredibly fun-filled year for us.  During 2018, we took some more trips to some neat places, and attended various autograph/nostalgia conventions along with a couple of other treats.

We celebrated Helen’s birthday in February with an extended weekend in New York City.  We enjoyed a wonderful steak dinner at the historical Delmonico’s Restaurant and enjoyed two fun Broadway shows, School of Rock and Avenue Q.  We also paid a visit to the “Paley Center for Media“.

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The famous and historical Delmonico’s Restaurant

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The “School of Rock ” Rocks!!!

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Helen at the the “Paley Center for Media”.

In March, I was fitted and now am using a diabetic insulin pump.  This pump has worked wonderfully and has lowered my A1C 1.5 to 2 points.  The Dr. is very pleased with that!!!!  Also in March we again attended the “Monstermania Convention” where Helen and I met director John Carpenter, legendary entertainer Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) and Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss.

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Johnny showing off his new Medtronic MiniMed 670G Insulin Pump

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Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) with Helen and Johnny

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Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss with Helen and Johnny

April featured our first “Chiller Theatre Convention” of 2018 where met many friends and got some great photos and autographs from various celebrities including Lyle Waggoner and Tim Matheson.

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Entertainer and actor Lyle Waggoner with Helen and Johnny

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Actor Tim Matheson (“Animal House” and the voice of “Jonny Quest”) with Helen and Johnny

In the month of June, Helen and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary of our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” – “At Home with Holmsey” show on the internet radio station “Radio Once More“.  If you haven’t had the chance to listen to us yet, we invite you to tune in on Wednesday evenings, 9PM (eastern time) for some nostalgic fun at www.RadioOnceMore.com.  Also in June, Helen and I enjoyed a family vacation in the “Great Smoky Mountains” region of Tennessee.  We enjoyed the charming town of Gatlinburg and we visited the famous “Dollywood” in Pigeon Forge.  We also enjoyed the very entertaining “Hatfield and McCoy” dinner show and we saw a fantastic Red Skelton Tribute Show featuring the very talented Brian Hoffman as Red Skelton.

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In 2018 we celebrated our 4th Anniversary of Woo-Hoo Wednesday on the internet radio station “Radio Once More”.

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Helen and Johnny at the “Great Smoky Mountains”.

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Helen Holmes enjoying the “Smoky Mountains”

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Helen enjoying the view from the Gatlinburg Space Needle in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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Johnny enjoying the view from the Gatlinburg Space Needle in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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Helen and Johnny at “Dollywood” in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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Helen and Johnny at the “Hatfield and McCoy” dinner show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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Helen with Brian Hoffman (“Red Skelton” in the Red Skelton tribute show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)

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Johnny with Brian Hoffman (“Red Skelton” in the Red Skelton tribute show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)

Helen and I celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary in July with a get-a-way extended weekend at the Poconos resort “Pocono Palace”.  It was a relaxing celebration at this resort which included our own private swimming pool in our suite!!!!  July also included another trip to Binghamton, New York, where we attended the 2018 “Serlingfest”.  We got to hang out with many of our “Twilight Zone” fans and attended an interesting seminar at the Rod Serling Archive in the “Bundy Museum of History”.  We also participated in a Rod Serling themed “Escape Room”.  The event also included many authors/speakers discussing various aspects of Rod Serling’s career, (including Rod’s daughter Ann), and we also enjoyed screenings of “Twilight Zone: The Movie” and the original (1968) version of the “Planet of the Apes”.  We had loads of fun and we look forward to heading back in 2019 for the 60th anniversary celebration of the original “Twilight Zone” television series.

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Helen & Johnny celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary in the Poconos!!!!!

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Helen & Johnny celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary in the Poconos in our private pool!!!!

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Helen & Johnny celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary in the Poconos painting!!!!!

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Johnny in Binghamton, New York, enjoying the 2018 “Serlingfest”.

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Helen in Binghamton, New York, enjoying the 2018 “Serlingfest” with Rod Serling and Henry Bemis. Why Helen???……Why do you do these things???

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Johnny also hanging with Rod Serling and Henry Bemis at the 2018 “Serlingfest”.

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Our team (“Team Kanamits”) after we successfully escaped the Rod Serling/Twilight Zone themed “Escape Room” with 1 minute and 17 seconds to spare!!!!!

In August Helen and I celebrated Helen being 14 years Cancer Free.  A wonderful milestone and a major…..Woo-Hoo!!!!!  We also attended our 2ndMonstermania Convention” of the year where we again met Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed from the “Rocky” movie series) and Mr. Weathers autographed our photos we had taken with him at a previous “Monstermania Convention“.

The month of September brought us to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, the state of Minnesota.  While there, we took a trolley tour of the twin cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) and enjoyed each of these two cities.  We saw the famous Mary Tyler Moore statue and saw the house where Mary lived in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show“.  Helen and I toured the beautiful and recently restored Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul, which was our 27th state capital that we’ve visited so far.  While there we visited the amazing “Mall of America” twice and we attended a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field and we enjoyed the incredibly enormous “Minnesota State Fair” or as they call it…”The Great Minnesota Get-Together.”  Also in September, we attended the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, MD and had a great time seeing old friends and meeting celebrities including Morgan Fairchild, a “WKRP in Cincinnati” mini reunion,  Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers.

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The Great State of Minnesota

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Helen and Johnny with the “Mary Tyler Moore” statue

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The “Mary Tyler Moore” house

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Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul

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Helen & Johnny at the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul

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Helen & Johnny at the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul

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Helen at the “Mall of America”

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Johnny at the “Mall of America”

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“Mall of America”

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“Mall of America”

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Johnny showing where home plate was in the old “Metropolitan Stadium”

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The location of home plate in the old “Metropolitan Stadium”

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The location of where Harmon Killebrew hit a titanic home run in 1967 in the old “Metropolitan Stadium”

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“Mall of America”

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“Mall of America”

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“Mall of America”

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Helen at the “Mall of America”

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Johnny at the “Mall of America”

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Target Field

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Target Field

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Minnesota State Fair

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Minnesota State Fair

In the month of October, our “Fright Night” Presentation marked our 6th Anniversary of “An Evening of Old Time Radio“.  We had a switch of location for our “Old Time Radio” presentations in 2018.  Our previous host, “The Daily Grind” closed their doors in January, however, Mount Holly’s newest coffee shop, “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe” welcomed us with open arms.  Our December presentation at “Breaking Grounds” was our 38th presentation of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” in downtown Mount Holly.  Also in October, we attended our 2nd “Chiller Theatre” Convention of the year where we enjoyed reunions with the casts of “Good Times” and “Love Boat” and we also met Jill St. John, and Loretta Swit.

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Helen and Johnny participating in a painting party at Mount Holly’s newest coffee shop, “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”.

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“Fright Night” was our 6th year Anniversary of “An Evening of Old Time Radio”, which is now presented at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”.

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Helen & Johnny with the cast of “Good Times”

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Helen & Johnny with the cast of “Love Boat”

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Helen & Johnny with Jill St. John.

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Helen & Johnny with Loretta Swit.

It was also in October that we lost our dear Mother, known by many as B-Mom.  B-Mom had been dealing with advanced kidney failure for quite a long time and was under the watchful care of Samaritan Hospice.  She passed away peacefully at home with a house full of friends and family.  Her bubbly personality, smile, and her laughter will always be fondly remembered and will always be carried in our hearts.  We Love You B-Mom!!!

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Our wonderful and beloved B-Mom!!!!  We Love You B-Mom!!!!

To add to our 2018 Christmas celebrations, Helen & I took a quick family trip in December to New York City and enjoyed “Christmas in New York” and attended the “Rockettes 2018 Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall followed by a wonderful meal at the famed Ellen’s Stardust Diner.

And also in December, I will be retiring after 30 years service with the New Jersey Division of Taxation.  I am truly honored and humbled to work with so many wonderful people over the years.   And also to spend my entire career in the same section, the Corporate Dissolution group and to begin as a trainee and work my way up as the section’s supervisor.  I  am truly blessed and will take with me many wonderful memories of my time spent with the NJ Division of Taxation.  We plan on celebrating retirement by spending New Years in Cape May, New Jersey.

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Holmsey Retires!!!!  Woo-Hoo!!!!

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Johnny being congratulated by the Director of the NJ Division of Taxation, John J. Ficara.

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Johnny with his certificate that was signed by the Director of the NJ Division of Taxation, John J. Ficara.

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Johnny leaving the Taxation Building for the last time!!!!

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Johnny relaxing in Cape May, New Jersey

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Helen and Johnny at “Congress Hall” in Cape May, New Jersey

Please feel free to continue to stop by the “Holmsey Blog” (where we are now approaching 9,900 visits).  On our blog, I’ll occasionally post an article and photos about events/trips, promote our coffee shop events and post past interviews we’ve done on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ Radio Shows.

As always, many photos of these outings are posted (or will be posted) on our Flickr page which is linked to our home page at www.JohnnyHolmes.net.  It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end to another year.

Again, we wish you all a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year in 2019.  Please keep in touch and our very best to all of you!!!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Helen & Johnny Holmes

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Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!!!!

Special Guest Joanna Wilson “Dresses Up” ‘Radio Once More’

December 2, 2018

Woo-Hoo Wed Christmas

‘Radio Once More’ welcomed back author and Christmas TV specials expert, Joanna Wilson.  Joanna was on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ radio show where we had another delightful and fun conversation.  Joanna and I began our discussion about her recent Netflix project that resulted in a beautiful red & white gown made up from close to 700 Netflix DVD address tear-away sleeves.  This amazing gown was designed in the spirit of the Christmas dress worn by Rosemary Clooney during the finale of the film “White Christmas”.  A big congratulations to Joanna and her talented designer, Alyssa Hertz.

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Joanna Wilson with over 1500 Netflix DVD sleeves!!!!


Joanna Wilson modeling her Netflix gown in front of The Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, Kentucky


Joanna Wilson modeling her Netflix gown inside The Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, Kentucky

Joanna's Gown

Congratulations to Joanna and her talented designer, Alyssa Hertz on a successful Netflix sleeve Christmas Gown!!!!

We moved on and discussed a few classic Christmas films including, “White Christmas” (1954), “The Polar Express” (2004),  and the made for TV re-make of “Miracle on 34th Street” (1973).

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“White Christmas” (1954)


“The Polar Express” (2004)

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“Miracle on 34th Street” (1973)

We mentioned that although the 1973 Made-For-TV version of “Miracle on 34th Street” is still not available on DVD, the entire film can be viewed on YouTube:

We then enjoyed a musical interlude and listened to a clip from a classic “Andy Williams Christmas Show” that featured the Williams Brothers singing “Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season” along with the Osmonds.

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The Williams Brothers and the Osmonds singing “Happy Holidays-The Holiday Season”


The Williams Brothers and the Osmonds singing “Happy Holidays-The Holiday Season”

Next, Joanna and I discussed some great Christmas episodes from classic television series including “The Mary Tyler More Show”, “Twilight Zone”, and “Gilligan’s Island”.

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The “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” Christmas episode “Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid”

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“The Twilight Zone” Christmas episode “Night of the Meek”

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“Gilligan’s Island” Christmas episode “Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk”

And of course we couldn’t discuss Christmas television without mentioning Rankin/Bass.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Rankin/Bass production of “The Little Drummer Boy”, so we played a clip and discussed this delightful Rankin/Bass production.

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The (1968) Rankin/Bass classic “The Little Drummer Boy”

All of these films, television episodes, and Christmas television specials along with so much more are documented in Joanna’s amazing reference book, Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies.  This book is widely available at Amazon or directly from the publisher 1701 Press.

Tis the Season TV - The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies, by Joanna Wilson

Below I have posted our discussion as it aired November 28th on ‘Radio Once More’ during our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” Christmas show.  A Big Thanks again to Joanna Wilson for taking the time to chat with us!!!!  Please visit Joanna’s web site at: www.ChristmasTVHistory.com

Enjoy and a big Woo-Hoo to you all!!!!!!


Joanna Wilson (with H & J)

Author Joanna Wilson with Helen & Johnny Holmes!!!!

Tribute to “B-Mom” on ‘Radio Once More’

November 25, 2018


As many of you know, we lost my beloved Mother, Beverly Holmes, or as she is known to everyone…B-Mom, last month.  She passed peacefully at her home of over 50 years with friends and family at her side.


One of my favorite photos of B-Mom

The Holmes Family is grateful and thankful for all the wonderful cards, well wishes, messages, and phone calls after B-Mom’s passing.  We are also very thankful and appreciative for the many donations to the ‘Aleshire, Holmes and Wurst Memorial Scholarship Fund’ in the name of B-Mom.

On November 15th, we paid a tribute to B-Mom on our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” radio show on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More“.  During the tribute, we played two sketches we aired a few years ago where B-Mom played the endearing character she created, “Butterfingers Bernadette”.  We also played some Old Time Radio that she enjoyed including “Fibber McGee and Molly” and “The Aldrich Family” and some of her favorite songs including selections from Andy Williams and The Gipsy Kings.


B-Mom as a toddler growing up in Philadelphia


B-Mom as a youngster

It was an honor and a pleasure to honor B-Mom during this special installment of “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” and please know that although she may be gone, B-Mom will continue to be part of “Radio Once More” every week with her wonderful jokes during our Live “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” shows and on our “Holmsey Hall of Fame” productions.

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One of my favorite childhood photos.  This was taken on Thanksgiving Day 1965 at the home of my Aunt Joan and Uncle Jack.  Mom and Dad, along with oldest brother Ken, Johnny, and brother Les.  I always loved that eagle print hanging on the wall.


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Another one of my favorite photos.  Mom is in the background, encouraging me to sprint across the living room floor (with my cool sweater on) while my Dad takes the picture with his trusty Polaroid camera. Dig that cool 1960’s furniture!!! The photo doesn’t show the major collision that occurred a split second after poor Dad took the photo when I ran into him head first!!!  Dad is also in the photo as well, his army portrait is on the stereo (yes, that’s a stereo) on the right.

Below is the audio archive of this tribute for you to enjoy.  And as always, a big thanks to B-Mom for sharing your wonderful personality with all the listeners on “Radio Once More”.  We Love You B-Mom….You’re Always in Our Hearts!!!!!  And as we said for many years during the closing of all of our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” shows……”Good Night B-Mom, and don’t forget to turn off the lights”.


The Holmes family, Johnny, Ken, Les, with B-Mom’s granddaughters Katie & Kami.  By the way, in addition to B-Mom, Dad made this photo as well, his Army portrait is on the top left.


B-Mom with her three sons, Ken, Les, & Johnny


B-Mom’s Birthday cake with her toddler photo on it for when she turned 70.


B-Mom acting silly celebrating Mother’s Day

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B-Mom and Johnny Boy acting silly!!!


A nice photo with Johnny Boy and B-Mom


A great photo with all the Holmes women. Behind B-Mom is Helen Holmes (daughter-in-law), Katie (granddaughter), holding great granddaughter Raigan, Kami (granddaughter), and Kelly Holmes (daughter-in-law)


B-Mom with Johnny and Helen, and yes, Dad is in this photo as well.  Big thanks to Jim McCuaig for this photo