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Parley Baer

Mr. & Mrs. John Archer

Legendary character actor Parley Baer will attend the REPS Showcase.
Photo by Wade Williams.

Mr. and Mrs. John "The Shadow" Archer.
Photo courtesy of REPS.

REPS Showcase by Wade Williams
"Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver..." Remember that coming out of your radio?
   Fred Foy, the voice behind those memorable lines from The Lone Ranger, is just one of 22 personalities from the Golden Age of Radio who will be attending REPS Showcase IV, an oldtime radio convention, June 27-29 at the Overlake Hospital Conference Center in Bellevue.
   Sponsored by the Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound (REPS), the event will also feature legendary character actor Parley Baer, who played "Chester" on radio's Gunsmoke and starred in hundreds of other radio and TV shows and movies.
   New to the conference this year will be Gil Stratton, Jr., a child radio actor, and famed announcer Art Gilmore, remembered for his signoff: "This is Art Gilmore speaking."
   Returning will be Herb Ellis from Dragnet, Dick Beals, the voice of "Speedy Alka Seltzer" for over 40 years, and John Archer, who once played "The Shadow."
   The radio personalities will participate in panel discussions and recreate radio shows from 1946, including the Lux Radio Theatre and The Lone Ranger.
   According to Mike Sprague of Bothell, the Showcase theme this year is "Twisting the Dial in 1946."
   Local sportscaster Wayne Cody will join in one of the panels. Radio man Jim French (of KIRO Mystery Playhouse fame) will produce two brand-new shows written around the talents of these early radio actors, which will be taped at the Museum of History and Industry June 27. The public is invited free.
   For more information on the convention, call Mike Sprague at 488-9518.