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Thursday, September 25, 2008


Utah handbill - Edgar Bergen with Zeno Klinker - 1962 - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Phyllis Hansen 2008 (click on image to enlarge)
During the 1930s and 1940s, Edgar Bergen and his zany cast of puppet characters were among the most popular entertainers in America. Everyone knew the aristocratic Charle McCarthy and his country bumpkin pal Mortimer Snerd. A new generation of fans came along with the introduction of Effie Klinker, the man-hunting hill billy mountain aunt of Mortimer. The great Zeno Klinker named Effie for his own quaint relatives "back east."
Old time radio wouldn't have been the same without the writing of Zeno Klinker and the wonderful voices of the great Edgar Bergen. On one of those once in a blue moon occasions when you get to visit Washington DC, drop in and say hello to Charle who is part of the Smithsonian Museum's collection.

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley invites you to share your memories of early radio broadcasts with future generations. Contact your Museum today at (818) 347-9665 to contribute your artifacts and ideas.

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