PilotBillFromTexas wrote:How many people listen to the podcast?
YOU listen, and that's all that really matters to us.
"The pool was the setting for swim meets, water polo tournaments, beauty pageants ("tall brunette" Toni Mann was chosen as Miss Airport in 1938) and other festive events. When The Washington Post wanted to introduce four new comic strips in 1933, it invited local children to a huge party at the Airport Pool. The price of admission was a copy of The Post's Sunday comics.
"Of course, in a segregated Washington, there were some children who weren't invited, even if The Post was happy to sell them a paper. In its story after the party, The Post noted that "colored boys and girls were accommodated at the Twelfth Street YMCA, through the generous offer of Physical Director Arthur Green." Like Glen Echo's Crystal Pool, the Airport Pool was whites-only.
"Overlooking the pool was another unusual feature: the Hangar Club, a nightspot that occupied space left empty when the Ludington Line airline moved out. "At 2 a.m. all roads lead to the Hangar Club," wrote The Post's nightlife correspondent. "Once within its portals visitors think nothing of dancing till daylight."
"Fittingly, music was provided by Charley Dawson's Musical Pilots. Entertainers included the likes of Billy Ersig, "amazingly clever clarinetist-contortionist," and Archie Hawk, "the dancing copy boy." (The world is a grayer place for the loss of copy boys, dancing and otherwise.)
"Debbie Levy of Potomac remembers hearing about the Hangar Club from her father, Harold, who ran it with his two older brothers, Bill and Bernie. "The stories my father used to tell of those days and nights," she wrote.
"Late-night revelers in search of a respite from contorted clarinetists and dancing copy boys could stroll out to the club's balcony where, cooled by a breeze off the Potomac, they could watch the airmail planes landing."
jackhodgson wrote:Tracy wrote:With the following that UCAP has amassed, I was going to suggest the possibility of live-streaming the audio session...
We've been toying with the idea of doing a live episode, with chat, and call-ins. But I think the this would always be the exception since it's pretty clear that the vast majority of our listeners do so long after an ep is posted.
FWIW we already do about four live streaming eps a year: the two each from Sun 'n Fun and Oshkosh. And I'm hoping we'll be doing more of that kind of thing in the 2009 flying season.
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