A Tribute to 'Friends of Vic and Sade'

The Friends of Vic and Sade (henceforth, 'FOVS') was a group of individuals who were dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the radio show, Vic and Sade and various Vic and Sade material.

The group was headed by Barbara Schwarz, who is mentioned in several publications (including the all-encompassing John Dunning book: On-the-Air Old-time Radio Encyclopedia.)

It was by her hand that hundreds of script synopsis' have been preserved. They are on the internet now because they were passed on to me. If you are a fan of Vic and Sade, you owe a great deal to her. She spent her own money and hours and hours at the University of Wisconsin library going through scripts. She spent hundreds (maybe thousands) of dollars buying transcription discs (more than 100) that are the Vic and Sade programs we enjoy today.

In essense, one cannot appreciate Vic and Sade today without giving some thanks to Barbara Schwarz. She loves the series and for a good part of her life, devoted a great deal of time, energy and her own funds to preserve what we have today. If not for her, we might be lucky to have 25 episodes of audio!

I've been told there were nine original members and I'd like to recognize them:

These epeople were not simply fans but also contributors to preserving Vic and Sade. For instance, Jack Foster either had a radio show or conducted a talk radio episode that was about the show. Richard Hunton provided a great many notes about the characters in the series (I think he might be my doppleganger) and many other notes of interest that would otherwise not exist. The others also had contributions but I am unaware of what specifically they did.

There is also this important paragraph fron old FOVS newsletter:

All FOVS need to be recognized and remembered for their contributions.

There are other notable contributors to the FOVS, most notably, it seems, Louie Johnson. Louie and I have become internet friends as of late and he's done nothing but encourage our efforts here and has provided me with a ton of material. In 2005, there is evidence that he had plans to start a Vic and Sade website that I'm sure would have been much better than anything I have produced.

Louie tells me of other members and former members of FOVS worth noting:

There are others who aren't on the list and whose names I do not know, but to all of you, I say "thanks" for such a terrific job at preserving the show that I love so much.

I have never met any of these people in person, but I'd like to shake their hands and hug their necks!

Louie E. Johnson writes:

"Considering we're honoring a radio series which last aired in 1946, I'm a bit late joining the roster of Vic and Sade devotees, having discovered them about twenty years ago. For years, literally, I listened to several episodes each night at bedtime, and they became ingrained in my being as deeply as the DNA of my ancestors. Thanks to the ability to connect to similarly-afflicted people through the web, I became involved with a few other people who wanted to delve into the intricacies of the writing and acting, hoping to document as much as possible for future generations.

"I had visions of a web site which would offer those intricacies to anyone interested, and even had been offered space on a server to do so. I was also thrilled to be enrolled in Friends Of Vic and Sade and enjoyed the benefits reaped by Barbara Schwarz' monumental research. Those plans never did reach fruition. I'm getting older; my eyes tire easily; other enthusiasts became unenthusiastic; and to put it bluntly I just burned out.

"Over the years I continued following what others were doing to keep the memories alive, and last year stumbled onto a treasure trove nearly identical to my intentions. Jimbo's "Blog That Choked Billy Patterson" became more remarkable with each visit. He had brought to fruition the type of work started by Vic and Sade stalwarts like Richard "Doctor Sleetch" Hunton had done for FOVS many years ago. I had hoped to make available the same sort of information in different form - a Vic and Sade phone book, cross-indexed maps, a searchable database, etc. - with interesting graphics. Jimbo has done that and much, much more. It had not occured to me to seek out interesting photographs of people who might look like unseen characters, and he has an amazing ability to match old photos with those characters. And then I discovered something even more remarkable - he has done all this work in only about 18 months! I realized that if anyone were likely to lovingly and obsessively put a high polish on the work of Paul Rhymer and the wonderful actors which brought his imagination to our imaginations, it will be James "Jimbo" Mason. It has been my privilege to make some small contributions to his magnum opus, and I wish him Godspeed in continuing the project!"

There is evidence the group began as early as 1973; it looks as though even TWENTY YEARS LATER the dues were just two bucks!

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