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Phillips Haynes Lord (July 13, 1902 - October 19, 1975) was an American radio program writer, creator, and narrator as well as a motion picture actor. Jump to: navigation, search July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 1902 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search October 19 is the 292st day of the year (293nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Jump to: navigation, search Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...

Phillips Lord was born in the small town of Hartford, Vermont, the son of a Protestant clergyman. He was still an infant when his family moved to Meriden, Connecticut where his father accepted the pastorship of a local church. As a boy, Lord spent his summers with relatives in Maine and after completing high school he studied at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts before going to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A born entrepreneur, while still in college he established a myriad of businesses including a book-selling operation, a shoe repair service, and a taxi cab company. After graduation, the twenty-two-year-old was hired as to be the Principal at the high school in the small town of Plainville, Connecticut, reportedly the youngest person in the United States to ever hold such a position. He soon grew bored with the job and headed to the big city of New York where after a series of jobs in publishing, he began writing scripts for radio. Hartford, Vermont Hartford is a town located in Windsor County, Vermont. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... see also Holy Orders The following terms have traditional meanings for the Anglican Church, and possibly beyond: A churchman is in principle a member of a church congregation, in practice someone in holy orders. ... Meriden is a city located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... State nickname: The Pine Tree State Other U.S. States Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Governor John Baldacci (D) Senators Olympia Snowe (R) Susan Collins (R) Official languages None Area 86,542 km² (39th)  - Land 80,005 km²  - Water 11,724 km² (13. ... Phillips Academy (also known as Andover and Phillips Andover) is a coed high school for boarding and day students grades 9-12 located in Andover, Massachusetts, near Boston. ... Andover is a town located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Bowdoin College is a private liberal arts college located in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. ... Brunswick is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ... Alternative meaning: taxicab geometry. ... Plainville is a town located in Hartford County, Connecticut. ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ...

The Seth Parker years

Phillips Lord was still in his twenties and living in New York City when he became a national radio personality. Creating the character "Seth Parker," a clergyman and backwoods philosopher based on his real-life grandfather, Phillips Lord wrote stories for radio of rural New England humor that included the playing of old time songs. On his own initiative, he communicated with several stations across the U.S. and sold them scripts he labeled as "Seth Parker's Singing School." An instant hit, Lord was soon contacted by NBC Radio who contracted to buy scripts to produce a show to run six days a week that NBC called "Sunday Evening at Seth Parker's". This was followed by other magazine publications who acquired his scripts and before long Phillips Lord was earning close to $100,000 a year. Not limited in his scope, during this time he wrote other successful radio programs that were designed to conclude after a specific number of episodes were aired. Lord's growing popularity resulted in him publishing two books in 1930 titled "Seth Parker's Album" and "Seth Parker's Hymnal" that all led to the release of 78rpm gospel records by the "Phillips Lord Trio. " Lord and the radio show gained a wide audience and the September 1931 issue of The American Magazine did a feature article on him under the heading: "At 29 He Has Made a Million Friends." A philosopher is a person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy. ... While the states marked in red show the core of New England, the regions cultural influence may cover a greater or lesser area than shown. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Manufacturers put records inside protective and decorative cardboard jackets and an inner paper sleeve to protect the grooves from dust and scratches. ... For the genre of Christian-themed music, see gospel music. ... Jump to: navigation, search A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ...

In 1932, Phillips Lord published a book titled "Seth Parker & His Jonesport Folks: Way Back Home" from which he also wrote a stage play titled "Seth Parker's Jonesport Folks; an entertainment in two acts." The book was published to coincide with the release of his 1932 motion picture produced by RKO Radio Pictures Inc. who used the shorter title from the book, Way Back Home. Starring opposite Bette Davis, Phillips Lord was billed as "Seth Parker, Preacher." Because the radio program was unknown in England, the motion picture was released there with the title "Old Greatheart." The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... This article is about Bette Davis the actress; there is also a singer named Betty Davis. ... ...

In 1933, Phillips Lord came up with the idea of buying a ship and broadcasting his show via short-wave radio while sailing to exotic places around the world with a team of celebrities. Lord purchased the 188 foot, 867 ton sailing ship the Georgette which he renamed the Seth Parker. Much promotional material was released in advance of the adventure including that Mr. Eugene Nohl would be bringing the "Hell Below," a diving shell to be used for undersea exploration. Equipped with the necessary under-water photographic equipment donated by the Pathé film studios, the hype surrounding the voyage promised that Eugene Nohl would photograph "the sunken civilizations of the South Seas Islands, of its deep marine life and formations" and of course "search for sunken treasure and bring back film of shipwrecks." Shortwave radio operates between the frequencies of 3,000 kHz and 30 MHz (30,000 kHz) and came to be referred to as such in the early days of radio because the wavelengths associated with this frequency range were shorter than those commonly in use at that time. ... A submersible is another name for a submarine, and is the normal term for civilian and non-combatant military designs, particularly midget submarines. ... Pathé or Pathé Frères is the name of various businesses founded and originally run by the Pathé Brothers of France. ... Jump to: navigation, search A treasure hunt can be one of a number of things. ... This list of shipwrecks is of those sunken ships whose remains have been located. ...

Sponsored by the Frigidaire appliance company, in June of 1934 the schooner Seth Parker set sail for the South Pacific via the Panama Canal. Departing from New York City, the ship docked at various ports along the eastern seaboard such as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Jacksonville, Florida from where they broadcast their short wave radio program that was retransmitted by NBC. For the listening public, this was a grand adventure by a group of wholesome Americans led by the creator of Rev. Seth Parker. However, the broadcasts revealed a bit of the frivolity behind the scenes of a voyage filled with wine, women, and the kind of songs that weren't found in any Seth Parker hymnal. In February of 1935 the good times came to an end when disaster struck in the form of a tropical storm off the coast of American Samoa. The ship was severely damaged to the point where the expedition had to be abandoned which spelled the end of the radio program. Despite everything, the shortened expedition proved immensely popular with the listening audience and the Frigidaire company promoted a 32-page illustrated booklet called "Aboard the Seth Parker" to publicize the voyage and as an advertisement for Frigidaire equipment on the ship. The schooner was eventually sold and its new owner managed to sail it to Coconut Island in Hilo Bay, Hawaii where it was permanently anchored for use as a bar and movie theater. It can be seen in the 1948 Republic Pictures movie "Wake of the Red Witch" starring John Wayne and Gail Russell. In 1999, broadcast historian Elizabeth McLeod listed the "Cruise Of The Seth Parker" as one of the top 100 old-time radio moments of the 20th century. Frigidaire is a major US appliance company owned by Electrolux. ... South Pacific is a musical play with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II that opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949, and ran for more than five years. ... Satellite image of the Panama Canal NASA image of the Panama canal The Pnama Canal is a canal 82 km (51 mi) long that cuts through the isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in Central America. ... Categories: US geography stubs ... Jump to: navigation, search Independence Hall Philadelphia (sometimes referred to as Philly or the City of Brotherly Love) is the fifth most populous city in the United States and the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, both in area and population. ... The Jacksonville skyline and the Acosta Bridge. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... See also hymn - a program to decrypt iTunes music files. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... State nickname: The Aloha State Other U.S. States Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Governor Linda Lingle (R) Senators Daniel Inouye (D) Daniel Akaka (D) Official languages Hawaiian and English Area 28,337 km² (43rd)  - Land 16,649 km²  - Water 11,672 km² (41. ... Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment) is an independent film, television, and video distribution company that was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), nicknamed Duke, was an American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... Gail Russell (21 September 1924 - 27 August 1961) was an American actor. ...

The Gang Busters era

After returning from his sailing adventure, Phillips Lord immediately set about writing and creating a new radio program for radio. He switched from the kindly Seth Parker persona to a dark and ominous narrator's voice for his Gang Busters program billed as "The Crime Fighters of American Broadcasting." A law enforcement reality series using authentic case histories, during the 1930s the program was hosted by Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf and featured various actors such as Art Carney. The thirty-minute program ran on Wednesday nights at 10:00 pm on CBS radio and opened with the portentous sounds of machine gun fire, police whistles screaming, and tires screeching. Copied years later by the television show America's Most Wanted, each episode of Gang Busters had up-to-the-minute reports of criminals wanted by the FBI or other law enforcement officials, many of whom were later arrested due to tips from listeners. To accomplish this, Phillips Lord hired actor/writer/civil servant Helen Sioussat (1902-1995) who later became the head of the Talks and Public Affairs Department at CBS. Such was the influence of Phillips Lord that Ms. Sioussat was given a Washington D.C. office next to J. Edgar Hoover at the Justice Department where she was allowed access to official information from files upon which the radio series was based. Gangbusters was a dramatic radio program. ... Major General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf (August 28, 1895 - November 25, 1958) was the first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, and had investigated the Lindbergh kidnapping case. ... Art Carney starring as Ed Norton from The Honeymooners Art Carney (born November 4, 1918; died November 9, 2003) was an American actor in film, stage, television, and radio. ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ... Americas Most Wanted is a long-running TV show produced by 20th Century Fox and running on Fox that profiles fugitives wanted for violent crimes, often including those currently on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list (see FBI ten most wanted fugitives). ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Jump to: navigation, search Hoover in 1961 John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from May 10, 1924, until his death in 1972. ... The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is a Cabinet department in the United States government designed to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. ...

The Gang Busters radio show was an enormous long-running success with 1,008 radio broadcasts over twenty-one years from 1935 through 1957. It also spawned a long-running comic book of the same name and was the basis for a motion picture with the same title as well as a half-hour weekly television series in 1952, both of which were narrated by Phillips Lord. In 1954, several episodes of the television series were used to create another documentary-style motion picture of the same title. The film proved successful enough that a second was put together in 1957 from more of the old television episodes and released under the title "Guns Don't Argue." In 1998, Gang Busters was part of the 30-hour audio cassette called "CBS's 60 Greatest Old-Time Radio Shows." A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A documentary is a work in a visual or auditory medium presenting political, scientific, social, or historical subjects in a factual and informative manner. ... For the meaning of cassette in genetics, see cassette (genetics). ...

Among his numerous other radio creations, with World War II and the Battle of Britain raging in Europe, between December of 1939 and August of 1940 Phillips Lord produced a radio show about aviators that opened with an interview of a real-life pilot recounting an exciting adventure in the air after which the show would move to a dramatization played by radio actors. From 1939 to 1952 he produced "Mr. District Attorney," a thirty-minute crime show inspired by the real-life exploits of New York's racket-busting district attorney Thomas Dewey. The radio broadcast spawned a 1941 motion picture from Republic Pictures of the same name then a Columbia Pictures production in 1947. Jump to: navigation, search World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atom bomb . Known in the USSR as: the Great Patriotic War World War II, also known as the Second... A major campaign of World War II, the Battle of Britain is the name for the attempt by Germanys Luftwaffe to gain air superiority of British airspace and destroy the Royal Air Force (RAF). ... World map showing Europe (geographically) When considered a continent, Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ... Aviators are people who fly aircraft either for pleasure or for a job. ... Mr. ... A district attorney is the title of an American public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... Thomas Dewey Thomas Edmund Dewey (March 24, 1902 – March 16, 1971) was the Governor of New York (1943-1955) and the Republican candidate for the U.S. Presidency in two elections (1944 and 1948), losing both times. ... Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment) is an independent film, television, and video distribution company that was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. ... The Columbia Pictures logo, used from 1993 to current. ...

Phillips Lord's contribution to the radio industry was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6912 Hollywood Blvd. He died in 1975 in Ellsworth, Maine. In 2004, his story was told by author Martin Grams in the book "Gang Busters: The Crime Fighters of American Broadcasting." Jump to: navigation, search An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ... Jump to: navigation, search Ellsworth is a city located in Hancock County, Maine. ...

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