Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Life is Worth Living with Fulton Sheen

No, I'm not a Catholic, but like many Americans who watched TV in the 1950s, I've discovered the re-runs of "Life is Worth Living" on cable. This series "starred" the Catholic bishop Fulton Sheen. Basically the camera just allowed Sheen to be Sheen as he spoke to the audience about everything from simple Christianity to how to raise children to standing up against Communism.

Sheen's program was so popular it stood up against rival network programming by Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra. In 1952 he won an Emmy for his show, giving thanks to his writers "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John." The show was quite simple. Sheen wrote on a blackboard throughout the broadcast. While he was off camera, his "angel" would erase it so he could use it again. He used corny jokes, told simple stories, but his message was definitely Christian in nature and got his point across.... Here's an example of his show. Sheen was such as star, he even appeared on the game show "What's My Line?" Watch it here.

Did you know that actor Martin Sheen picked this stage name since he was fan of Sheen's broadcasts?

I don't think we'll ever see a prime time network religious show again. Hollywood is too atheistic and materialistic. How interesting to watch this fascinating 1950s orator, Fulton J. Sheen. His message still echoes today. As I said before, I'm not Catholic and don't agree with everything he says, but Sheen is quite captivating.

As he used to say, "God Love You!"

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