Remember When podcast from the radio show FlashBack
By Wes Britton
Then staying with the themes we have some fresh interviews from those that were close to, or worked with, or are experts on the entertainment stars of the past.
Remember When podcast from the radio show FlashBackJun 10, 2023
Wes chats with Pat Cooper
On June 6, 2023, controversial and caustic comic Pat Cooper died at the age of 93. Throughout his long career, he shared the stage with the biggest names in show business starting with Jackie Gleason, then Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern.
Cooper fan Jerry Lewis wrote the introduction for Pat’s 2011 How Dare You Say How Dare Me!: An Autobiography of a Life in Comedy, a book he was touting when he sat down for a probing interview with Wes Britton. In tribute to Pat, here is that classic interview anew, uncut, unabridged. Enjoy the comedy of Mr. Italian Outrage one more time-
Wes chats with Chris Ryall - comic editor Star Trek and then Peter Lorenz - collector of James Bond art.
Former comics editor Chris Ryall shares how he brought the Star Trek franchise to IDW publishing. He shares how he helped shape an all-Klingon comic, brought original Star Trek scriptwriter Dorothy Fontana to the world of comics, and especially how he helped heal the decades-long rift between Paramount Pictures and sci-fi author Harlen Ellison when Chris edited Harlen’s long-suppressed original version of “City on the Edge of Forever.” Plus a few more nuggets Star Trek fans will dig . . .
Then, our James Bond 70th “Anniversary Avalanche” continues with German art collector Peter Lorenz. He dives into what you can find in his long-running “Illustrated 007: The Art of James Bond” blog and how that archive grew.
From international movie posters and designs to book covers to . . . well, you’ll just have to tune in to hear about the visuals of the 007 universe from the beginning to now . . .
Wes chats with Jim Meskimen - Voice actor, actor, illustrator and then Jeffrey Sitkov, director of Doors to Change
Voice actor Jim Meskimen's first claim to fame is that he’s Marion Ross’s (Happy Days) actual son. As he’ll demonstrate throughout his conversation with Wes Britton, Jim is a gifted impressionist which has made him a much sought-after talent all over Hollywood. Like working with director Ron Howard in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Apollo 13, and Frost/ Nixon. Oh yes, he got lots of Hollywood insider stories to tell ya, like what his Mom and the rest of the Happy Days gang are doing now--
Then, we introduce you to Jeffrey Sitkov, the main motor behind the Doors to Change organization. They’re a serious charity with a ton of high-profile supporters like Billy Joel, Elton John, and Steve Martin, everyone working to give a hand up to homeless youth. Prepare to be surprised. Prepare to be moved. Be prepared to want to sign up-
Wes chats to Julie Rogers Pamilia - Grandaughter to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Come back to the open range with the King and Queen of Cowboys, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Plus a batch of ‘60s TV and movie stories told by someone who was there.
Julie Rogers Pamilia’s “Your Heroes, My Grandparents: A Granddaughter’s Love” is about as positive and uplifting a memoir as you’ll ever read. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, of course, were Western stars on radio, movies, and television for decades, along with Trigger” the Horse. Offscreen, the couple built a large extended family with 9children, most adopted from a variety of cultures. Julie Rogers Pamilia shares her years growing up in that family, and you might well put down this book wishing you could have grown up in it too.
Hud. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Star Trek. The Monkees. Ozzie and Harriet. Sharyn Hillyer appeared in all of them and many more before she retired from show business in 1970. Hear how Ozzie Nelson helped launch Sharyn’s career and what she has to say as a Life Coach now. Hear how she liked being a semi-regular on U.N.C.L.E. and how she liked working with Gene Barry on Burke’s Law.
Wes chats with Jeannine Bisignano - bond girl- License To Kill and Will McDermott Night Stalker novelist
The James Bond 70th “anniversary avalanche” salutes Licence to Kill, and we remember The Night Stalker.
We’re honored and privileged when actor Jeannine Bisignano gives her first interview ever, with anyone. She shares Her memories of the Licence to Kill shooting set and tells Timothy Dalton stories you haven’t heard before! Who should be the next film 007? Jeannine Bisignano thinks she knows and is starting her campaign.
Then, author Will McDermott stops by to tell you about his recent Night Stalker novels and short stories. It’s all about Carl Kolchak, a colorful newspaper reporter investigating spooky doings since he appeared in his first TV movie in 1972. Thanks to Will, Carl Kolchak has returned . . .
Check out the gripping, fantastic stories of Will McDermott at:
Wes chats with Joe Deninzon - Kansas & David Paich -Toto
New Kansas member, violin virtuoso Joe Deninzon, has been the main motor of the jazz/rock fusion band, Stratospheerius. Think Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chic Corea, Jeff Beck’s “Wired” period” . . . and you’ll have an idea of what Joe and cohorts can play, and we’ll share a few samples to demonstrate just how cutting-edge Stratospheerius can be!
Then, meet David Paich, a founding member of the multi-million-selling Toto. “Rosanna.” “Africa.” “Hold the Line.” You remember those guys . . . No one can better share the band’s history and evolution than Paich, who was the group’s keyboardist and one of its key songwriters for most of its history!
Wes chats with Felix Cavaliere - Rascals and then Jason D Williams - musician son of Jerry Lee Lewis.
“Groovin.” “It’s a Beautiful Morning.” “People Got to Be Free.”
Singer, organist, and songwriter Felix Cavaliere talks about his days with the Rascals, their new tour, and so much more! Then, we pay tribute the late Jerry Lee Lewis in a vintage interview with his son, Rockin’ Jason D. Williams! We promise you’ll hear his father’s DNA in every note he plays and sings and every word he utters in this classic conversation with Wes Britton!
Wes chats with Danny Biederman - collector of Spy-Fi gadgets, props and movie memorabilia - Debbie Lipp - Author of James Bond Fanbook
Danny Biederman’s “Incredible World of Spy-Fi” highlights this edition of “Remember When!”
Danny is best known for his “Spy Fi” collection of movie and TV gadgets, props, and artifacts he’s been displaying in museums all over the country for over 20 years. He has many stories to tell about interviewing Sean Connery and Guy Hamilton and writing for Avengers main man Patrick Macnee. Oh yes, Danny spins a lively series of spy stories for you…Like, what did Sean Connery think of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service?
And then, continuing our James Bond 70th “anniversary avalanche” interviews, we revisit a 2006 interview Wes Britton conducted with Deborah Lipp, then plugging her new book, The Ultimate James Bond Fanbook. So her voyage of discovery was-us. Come aboard and find out what she found out.
Wes chats with George Lazenby - Actor (JAMES BOND)
007 himself-George, Lazenby-comes to the 70th James Bond “Anniversary Avalanche!”
Now is your chance to hear Wes Britton’s 2010 hour-long conversation with George. We promise no matter how many of his stories you’re read over the years, hearing him tell tales aloud adds a whole new dimension to the saga of the second screen 007!
George tells you about his youthful rebellious spirit in Australia, how he came to England chasing a girl and remembers Cubby Broccolli, Harry Saltzman, Diana Rigg, Peter Hunt and Telly Savalas. Then he shares his time with kung fu star Bruce Lee including the night the martial arts master died.
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Wes chats with Kathy Garver - Family Affair AND Erin Murphy - Bewitched
Two child stars of the ‘60s share why they’re more than child stars of the ‘60s!
You remember Kathy Garver as Sissy on the long-running sitcom Family Affair from 1966-1971. Kathy tells you about working with Cecil B. DeMille on The Ten Commandments, the behind-the-scenes stories of Family Affair, and her years in entertainment ever since, including voice-work on Spider-Man cartoons and her five books so far! Not to mention a brand-new movie on Amazon Prime called “Yellow Bird!
Our encore interview for this podcast takes you behind the scenes of Bewitched with Tabitha Stephens herself, actress Erin Murphy-who also came to the small screen in 1966. In this 2014 interview with Wes Britton-which was Bewitched’s 50th anniversary-She too has lots of interesting tales to share about the set of the hit series and her days since Bewitched went off the air? Guess what her husband’s name is--
Kathy Garver’s website:
Wes chats to Jamie Farr and a clip from an older interview with Gary Burghoff - M*A*S*H
- Celebrate 50 years of the 4077th when Jamie Farr and Gary Burghoff talk M*A*S*H with Wes Britton. Jamie Farr goes back to his childhood in Toledo, his early years and first breaks in show business, his work with Red Skelton, his real-time in Korea as an Army private, and of course, his memories of M*A*S*H including his fellow cast members, his role in the series, and his thoughts on the legacy of a TV classic!
- Then we reprise a major part of Gary Burghoff’s 2009 interview with Wes Britton plugging his then-new memoir, To M*A*S*H and Back: My Life in Songs and Poems No One Wanted to Publish. Expect a lot of surprises you can only get at Remember When!
Wes chats with Michael Learned
Meet Michael Learned, the three-time Emmy-winning actress who portrayed Olivia Walton, the Matriarch of the Waltons, for most of the series. She goes behind the scenes with Wes Britton before Remember When co-host Karina Kantas dives into Michael’s roles in Driving Miss Daisey and her recent portrayal of Catherine Dahmer in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Talk about a range!
Then we present a reprise of Wes Britton’s conversation with Mary Elizabeth McDonough, where she talks about her 2011 book, Lessons from the Mountain: What I Learned from Erin Walton. She discusses her character, what she’s been doing in the years after cancellation, and her work with women’s health issues.
Wes chats with Geoff Downes from Asia - and a previous recording with Carl Palmer
Remembering the history of Asia with founding members Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer!
First up, Downes shares his take on the history of progressive rock as a genre, the history of Asia, and the new release of a vinyl 1983 concert titled Asia in Asia. Then we offer an encore 2013 conversation with drummer Carl Palmer discussing The band’s then-newest release, XXX, Plus his time with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and the Carl Palmer Band!
Wes chats with Luciana Paluzzi-Fiona Volpe - James Bond Thunderball / Aaron Cooley -Author of Shaken Not Stirred
Our James Bond 70th “Anniversary Avalanche” continues with one of the Crown Jewels of these podcasts— Luciana Paluzzi-Fiona Volpe herself-taking, you behind the scenes of Thunderball!
Luciana tells you about her decades-long international acting career, her thoughts on director Terence Young, co-star Sean Connery, working on the Thunderball set, and more surprises than I can summarize here!
Then we offer a full version of Vic Flick’s very Bondian instrumental, “Shaken Not Stirred” followed by an encore interview with novelist Aaron Cooley, author of 2013’s Shaken, Not Stirred (The Secret Files of I__ F______, Code Designate 17F). You don’t have to be much of a detective to figure out who that title character is. We promise you’ll enjoy Aaron’s tales of how he got into Ian Fleming’s head and how he took an office-bound intelligence officer and sent him off on adventures of very Bondian high-drama during World War II!
Wes chats with Loretta Swift - Mash (hot lips)
Return with us to the days of the 4077 M*A*S*H when Loretta Swit (Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan) sits down with Wes Britton to go behind the scenes of perhaps the finest TV series ever made! She shares stories about the show's cast, characters, changes, and influence. Plus, Loretta has stories to share about her friend Jack Lord, how to stop smoking, and a lot about her SwitHeart Animal Alliance, for which she contributes artwork, prints, artbooks, perfume, and custom-made jewellery to support neglected animals as in the Guidedogs of Israel and U.S. Military dogs left behind in Afghanistan-
Wes chats with Bob Short - Tech advisor U.N.C.L.E AND Mark O'Connell - author
In this episode of the 70th “anniversary James Bond Avalanche,” we pay tribute to the April 5, 1983 TV movie The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. with Technical advisor Bob Short who shares stories like:
Did you know producer Michael Sloan had George Lazenby in mind when he created “The Equalizer?” What’s the inside story of George driving that silver Astin-Martin DB-5 with the “JB” licence plate in the U.N.C.L.E. movie?
But that’s not all! “Catching Bullets,” author Mark O’Connell has lots of insider stories to share about Cubby and Barbara Broccoli, Roger Moore, Maud Adams, and Grace Jones, along with a number of insights into the entire 007canon!
Wes chats with Trina Parks and Max Vesterhalt - The Bond women of color.
Singer/ dancer/ actress Trina Parks made an impressive appearance as the villainess “Thumper” in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)! She’ll tell you all about working with Sean Connery, being the first black woman to feature in a Bond film, and her memorable dance/ karate moves and nearly drowning on set! She’ll talk about her singing career-and she’ll share a sample of her singing as a bonus!
Then we offer a surprising conversation with model/ actress Max Vesterhalt who shares what it was like to work with Roger Moore and director John Glenn in a casino scene in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only! Both Trina and Max have strong opinions about showcasing the place of women of color in the Bond franchise. They will tell you about their views in the latest 70th Bond Anniversary Avalanche episode!
Wes chats with Bonnie Bartlett Daniels and Donnie Most
Dive 70 years into TV history with Bonnie Bartlett Daniels. Her small screen career began in the soaps in 1955. Then she worked with the likes of Jackie Gleason, Patty Duke, and worked in recurring roles in Little House on the Prairie and St. Elsewhere, where she made TV history in 1986; she and husband William Daniels became the first married couple to win acting awards for the same TV series on the same night. She never slowed down. She just published her new memoir, “Middle of the Rainbow " at 93.
Then return to Happy Days with Ralph Malph himself, Donnie Most of course, who has lots more to sing about than Happy Days! In fact, we focus on his swingin’ singin’ career and his love of Bobby Darin! Yep, we play a few samples of what he can belt out on stage!
Wes chats to Savoy Brown members Pat and Garnet
Back in 1965, guitarist/ singer Kim Simmonds founded the British blues/rock band Savoy Brown which he helmed until his death last year. In 2011, Savoy Brown issued Voodoo Moon, and that year Simmonds sat down with Wes Britton to talk about his band’s ever-evolving legacy. You can hear that conversation here at Remember When, along with a new co-interview with the surviving members of the group, Pat DeSalvo(bass) and Garnet Grimm(drums). For over ten years, they were the longest-running lineup behind Simmonds. Pat and Garnett talk about their time with the band and their brand-new album, Blues All Around. The band’s last?
Wes chats with Arthur Brown
“I am the god of hellfire, and I bring you . . .Fire!”
That was the opening salvo of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s1969 mega-hit, “Fire!” He was a pioneer in rock theatre and influenced everyone from Alice Cooper to David Bowie. Plus, he has a new album to tell you all about-
Wes chats with Matt Sherman - Organiser of James Bond Cruises - Will Yung Lee - Actor Die Another Day
Remember When is throwing a virtual James Bond cruise and you’re invited to the party!
That’s because Matt Sherman, longtime meister of the international James Bond cruises, comes aboard to talk about just what goes on at his annual events and shares just who attends these major 007 social occasions! He’ll take you to some important Bond locations, introduce you to folks who have shared in the James Bond story, and takes you behind the scenes of Past and upcoming cruises! Like what’s going on this October . . .
But that’s not all! Sharing in this 3rd episode of the 007 anniversary avalanche, we reprise a classic interview with Korean actor Will Yung Lee who broke into the movies starring as Colonel Tan-Sun Moon in Die Another Day. Will has lots more to talk about beyond James Bond and shares stories about Hawaii 5-O, Wolverine, and his career as an Asian actor in Hollywood.
Coordinated with this podcast, we also present a special Matt Sherman collection of features at:
Wes chats with two bond experts, Kathryn Harkup and Simon Firth
Welcome to Remember When, the audio podcast from FlashBack Radio Show.
Remember When celebrates 70 years of 007 with part 1 of the “James Bond avalanche!”
First up will be a revealing interview with Kathryn Harkup, author of SUPERSPY SCIENCE: Science, Death and Tech in the World of James Bond. Kathryn has many entertaining and surprising answers to so many questions.
Then, Simon Firth, author of On the Tracks of 007: Filming James Bond in the Bahamas and On The Tracks of 007 presents ITALY - a James Bond location guide that takes you to exotic 007 places around the globe.
Enjoy your Bond experience.
Wes chats with James, Gary and Rob - 3 Bond experts!
James L. Neibaur & Gary Schneeberger, co-authors of From Connery to Craig: The James Bond Film Series. Nobody knows more than these two gents, so expect lots of surprises and insights you might not have known all these years when these guys swap stories and perspectives with fellow Bond aficionado Wes Britton and co-host Karina Kantas!
We flesh out this lively conversation with a vintage interview with Rob Weiner, editor of James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films are Not Enough. That indispensable 2010 collection of 40 essays look at the realm of 007 from a wide, interdisciplinary range of perspectives that have earned a long-standing stamp of respect from the 007 fan universe.
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Wes chats to Laura Cayouette - actress, author, producer
The multi-talented Laura Cayouette. She has so much to talk about, from how her NSA Dad paved the way for her role in Enemy of the State to her long-time association with Quentin Tarantino to how she worked with Garry Shandling on the Larry Sanders Show. Plus, Laura is not just a noted writer, she teaches writing courses and offers you a 20% discount on several of her teaching packages exclusively for listeners!
Wes chats with Dr Fish and Jen Chapin
“Remember When” commemorates the life and legacy of singer/ songwriter/ activist Harry Chapin!
Celebrations honoring the 50th anniversary of what would have been Harry’s 80th birthday!
Two special guests tell you musical and personal stories, including Harry’s daughter, Jen Chapin, who shares memories of her Dad, shares insights into his songwriting, and takes you inside his biggest hits, such as 'Taxi and 'Cat's In The Cradle.'
We also offer singer/songwriter Dr. David Fish, who performs his brand-new tribute to Harry, “Harry’s Song (Every Monday Night)”, offers his insights into the legacy of Harry Chapin and tells you tales of his own career, including playing the saxophone for Ella Fitzgerald and Cher!
Wes chats with Bruce Scivally - screenwriter/author
On Dec. 5, KSAV.org's "Flashback" leaped back in time as we were joined by writer Bruce Scivally, whose new novel The Last Stage, or Wyatt Earp's Dying Dream, offers an unusual window into the final days of the most legendary lawman of them all. Then, we reprised a vintage 2014 interview Wes Britton conducted with actor Hugh O'Brian, the star of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp from 1955 to 1961. Hugh had a ton of stories to share from creating the battle-cry "Ooh-rah" for the marines, to meeting Albert Schweitzer in Affrica, to creating the Hugh O'Brian Youth program (HOBY).
You can now hear the Wyatt Earp hour at:
Wes chats with Ron Dante - Archies Sugar Sugar
Back in 2008, Wes Britton had the opportunity to interview Ron Dante of the Archies to plug their then-new Christmas album, their first since 1971.
Of course, the interview was more comprehensive than one album, so we talked about all sorts of things Archie, so pop by for this Remember When nugget with a Yuletide twist-
Wes chats to Sam Andrew - Big Brother Holding Company
Back in the Summer of Love, Sam Andrew was a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin. “Remember When” pays tribute to Pearl with this vintage conversation with singer, songwriter, and guitar player Sam Andrew who will take you back to those heady days and take you backstage to some of the most memorable concerts of the 1960s along with sharing insights into how Big Brother worked in the studio.
And stay tuned-we got more Big Brother and San Francisco sounds to come-
Wes chats with Lee Purcell and Diane Kachmar
On Oct. 30, 1938, Orson Wells created a radio legend when his Mercury Theatre broadcast his adaptation of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds.
Remember When pays tribute to the Wells production and presents an interview with producer Lee Purcell, the main motor behind a brand-new adaptation of War of the Worlds performed by the Hollywood Radio Players. The Players, once a month, do a modern version of old time radio classics for their “radio you can see” to benefit the MPTF (Motion Picture Television Fund.) Using Zoom, the Players produce their retellings with actors, sound effects, and special effects no one could have watched back in the Golden Age of Radio.
For our belated Halloween special, we also offer a vintage interview with Diane Kachmar, author of the 2015 The Fly at 50: The Creation and Legacy of a Classic Science Fiction Film. Go behind the scenes of a Hollywood classic as Wes Britton takes you back in time for a trick-and-treat double feature-
Wes chats with Batman - well not Batman but those involved in the DC comic book and the 2011 Gotham City 14 Miles.
“Holy Halloween Batman! “Remember When”has taken over the Bat-signal!”
We celebrate Batman with two special guests beginning with Chuck Dixon, a much lauded writer for the DC comic book. For one thing, he created Bane. Then we will introduce you to Jim Beard, editor of the 2011 Gotham City 14 Miles. It’s an extraordinary assembly of 14 essays exploring every aspect you can think of involving the 1966 Adam West Batman TV show.
Wes chats with Fred Koenekamp - cinema photographer
Fans of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Patton, The Towering Inferno and countless other film projects know the award-winning work of cinematographer Fred Koenekamp even if they don't recognize his name. Before his passing in 2017, Fred sat down with Wes Britton and discussed not only his own career, especially on MFU and Patton, but the ground-breaking camera work of his father who worked on the classic silents.
So go behind the scenes of filming TV and movies with one of the masters here at Remember When--
Wes chats with Shelley Berman - comedian, actor
Before he left us in 2017, stand-up comic Shelley Berman was an award-winning onstage performer who won an Emmy nomination for his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm. He earned gold records for his comedy albums back in the day including the first Emmy for a spoken-word comedy record. Before Bob Newhart, he developed the improvised phone conversation sketch in his stage and TV act.
He had too many film and TV roles to summarize here, but he discussed many of them with Wes Britton for “Remember When” on a laugh fest trip down memory lane-
Wes chats with Mark Goddard - Lost In Space
Completing our Lost in Space trilogy (including Bill Mumy and June Lockhart), “Remember When” now offers Mark Goddard who played Maj. Don West in the original TV Series. But Mark also appeared in many TV programs of the era from The Detectives to Johnny Ringo to the Beverly Hillbillies.
He has lots of stories to tell which he included in his entertaining memoir, To Space and Back. For “Remember When,” Don sits down with Wes Britton and talks about his career’s twists and turns and all the surprising moments of his Hollywood life.
Wes chats with Dan Harary - Hollywood publicist to the stars and a special past interview with the wonderful Dawn Wells - Gilligan's Island
In this special episode of Remember When, Wes chats with Dan Harary, the author of the hot-off-the-press Flirting With Fame: A Hollywood Publicist Recalls 50 Years of Celebrity Close Encounters.
It’s a memoir brought to you by way of BearManor Media chock-full of celebrity encounters with the likes of Meryl Streep, Hugh Hephner, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Seinfeld, and Barbara Streisand . . . talk about name-dropping!
Right after we have a wonderful interview that Wes had with the late Dawn Wells.
R.I.P. Dawn Wells
October 18, 1938-December 30, 2020 (aged 82)
Dawn Wells starred as Mary Ann Summers, one of seven stranded castaways on Gilligan’s Island that aired for 3 seasons and in syndicated reruns ever after. Before Gilligan, Wells, was crowned Miss Nevada in 1959 and represented her state in the 1960 Miss America pageant. Then, in 1964 she joined the cast of Gilligan’s Island and became an icon of American pop culture as male viewers forever debated over who they preferred: Ginger or Mary Ann? Maybe Mrs Howell?
Wells became an author in 2014 when she released What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide to Life, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Gilligan’s Island. That Sept., Wes Britton interviewed Wells after meeting her in person at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention before she died from COVID-19-related causes at age 82 in Los Angeles on December 30, 2020.
Wes chats with Carol Shaw - author of Bob Hope's Bungalow: Tales from the Typing Trenches
What if your job was to spend every day typing up jokes phoned in by the best gag-writers in the comedy business? What if your boss was Bob Hope and you were laughing all day long in “Bob Hope’s Bungalow?”
Carol Shaw did just that for 13 months in 1983 and 1984 and tells you all about her experiences in her brand-new memoir, Bob Hope’s Bungalow: Tales from the Typing Trenches.
Join us here at “Remember When” for a new perspective behind-the-scenes of the life of one of America’s finest comedians-
Wes chats with John Billingsley - Dr Phlox - Enterprise
Star Trek fans know actor John Billingsley portrayed the genial Denobulan Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Phlox, on the series Star Trek: Enterprise. But they might not know just how engaging, delightful, and insightful he is when not covered in Denobulan make-up. Now, you can learn all about John when he talks about Enterprise, his cast mates, the importance of Star Trek as a whole, and so much more with Wes Britton and Karina Kantas on Remember When.
We admit-we just scratched the surface of things John can talk about, as in his long career in acting and his many roles on television and on screen. So consider this delightful interview as but part one of an ongoing conversation—stay tuned.
Wes chats with William B Davis - Xfiles Cigarettes Smoking Man.
You know William B. Davis best as the “cigarette smoking man” on TV’s X-Files. But he’s had a long distinguished acting and directing career which he described in two books, Where There's Smoke...: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man, a Memoir and its new sequel, On Acting ... and Life: A New Look at an Old Craft.
For “Remember When,” William dug deep into what readers can find in On Acting . . . and Life and talked about the craft he’s been pursuing all his life. Find out why as Wes Britton sits down with an actor who was once known for cigarettes he really didn’t smoke . . .
Marc Cushman chats with John and Mary Black - writer Star Trek
At the very beginning of creating the original Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry brought in writer and producer John D.F. Black to help bring together the new writers who would create a phenomenon. All Trekkers owe John a debt of gratitude.
In an offbeat offering at our “Remember When” podcast page, frequent guest Marc Cushman serves as guest host and conducts a very insightful interview with Black and his wife Mary. Yes, lots of Star Trek lore along with so much more. Not for Trekkers only.
Wes chats with June Lockhart - Actress - Lost in Space, Lassie
How many actors can claim to have starred on three major television series? June Lockhart can and talks about being part of the casts of Lassie, Lost in Space, and Petticoat Junction on Wes Britton’s “Remember When.”
But June has much more to say than Hollywood history as she’s especially Knowledgeable about NASA and space exploration. So 30 minutes with June Lockhart on “Remember When” is so much more than reliving old TV memories, although there’s nothing wrong with that.
Wes chats with Walter Koenig - Star trek, Bab5, director, author
You know Walter Koenig best as Ensign Pavel Chekov on the original Star Trek. But his career has included many other achievements, which he tells you all about in his 2020 memoir, Beaming Up and Getting Off: Life before and After Star Trek.
For “Remember When,” Walter shares many of the anecdotes he revealed in
Beaming Up talks about his various writing projects over the years. So this interview is full of Star Trek lore and so much more, especially about the craft of authorship.
Wes chats with Bill Mumy - Lost In Space
If there’s a Renaissance Man working in entertainment today, it’s Bill Mumy. He was a child star in Lost in Space, later added to his sci-fi credentials on Babylon Five, and his musical range is just unbelievable. He’ll share some of his achievements on Wes Britton’s “Remember When” and talk about how so many of his childhood dreams came true.
Wes chats with Edward Biddulph
Ever heard of a James Bond cookbook?
It exists, in fact, the author Edward Biddulph is quite an expert on James Bond. Noticing there were many James Bond cocktail books he saw that there were no James Bond cookbooks, and decided that he would write one. Being such a fan of the movies, he took every culinary dish mentioned in each film. Enjoy this episode of Remember When with a special guest but don't be surprised if you're hungry after the podcast.
Wes chats with Bob Heimall
Return with us to those wonderful decades when we all loved our vinyl record collections, and one reason we did were all the eye-catching album covers that captured our attention.
Bob Heimall was one of the artists who designed those classic covers for the likes of The Doors, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, and The Kinks and he shared many of his rock ‘n roll stories in his colorful book, COVER STORIES: Tales of rock legends and the albums that made them famous.
On “Remember When,” Bob shares some of his behind-the-scenes memories about spending time with Jim Morrison, Carly Simon, Barry Manilow—well, you gotta check the conversation out to hear some rock lore you won’t hear anywhere else-Bob is a pretty good storyteller and has a serious love of rock ‘n roll that makes this interview so engaging and personable-
Wes chats with Bob Greenberger - Marvel, Star Trek, DC
“Author. Teacher. Geek expert.”
That’s how writer Bob Greenberger describes himself at his website where you can find an astonishing bibliography of his work in sci-fi, working for Marvel and DC and for the Star Trek novel franchise.
In his in-depth interview with Wes Britton, Bob takes you behind-the-scenes of writing science fiction, especially for the Star Trek novels and how they reflect what you see on TV and the films. How has the new Picard shaped the realm of ST novels? Find out on this discussion on “Remember When”-
Wes chats to Murray Langston - comedy
Canadian stand-up comic Murray Langston is best remembered for being the “Unknown Comic” who wore a paper bag over his head telling jokes at a break-neck pace, especially in his many appearences on the odd“Gong Show” which featured would-be amateur entertainers competing for stardom on daytime television.
Alongside controversial emcee Chuck Barris from 1976 to 1980, Langston became a cult figure showing up on a wide variety of talk and game shows and comedy series like the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. So Murray is a perfect personality to take us back to the strange times of ‘70s comedy TV and remind us why he kept us laughing so many times back in the day-
Wes chats to David Ossman - Firesign Theatre
“He’s no fun, he fell right over!”
For 45 years, off and on, Peter Bergman, Philip Proctor, Phil Austin, and David Ossman were the Firesign Theatre, a wildly surreal and influential comedy quartet whose glory days were in the 1970s when they released a string of best-selling albums and featured on a series of popular radio programs.
Original member David Ossman talked about the unique humor of the Firesigns in an in-depth analysis of the Firesign legacy with Wes Britton in a conversation that touches comedy corners you won’t expect, even if you’re a knowledgeable Firesign Theatre fan.
So it’s time to laugh again with a master of surreal humor here at the “Remember When” Podcast page!
Wes chats with Judy Tenuda
Who’s the most famous female comic in the world? If you ask Judy Tenuda, she’d say that’s obvious-she is! The Love Goddess, the Aphrodite of the Accordion, the creator of The Vagina Monologues" and "Menopause the Musical". She's written two comedy books, Full Frontal Tenudity and The Power of Judyism, and has released five comedy CD's, receiving “Best Comedy Album” Grammy nominations for Attention Butt-Pirates and Lesbetarians! and In Goddess We Trust.
But probably the highlight of her career, so far, was the afternoon she sat down with Wes Britton to talk about her wild and crazy career, punctuating her punchlines with her squeezebox and improvised songs. No one has ever been so predictably unpredictable as Judy Tenuda in one of the brashest and bawdy conversations you'll ever enjoy. It doesn't get much wilder and funnier than Judy Tenuda unleashed-
Wes chats with Robert Weiner - author
James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films Are Not Enough was an eye-popping anthology of forty essays on all manner of takes on the many realms of James Bond. A variety of experts wrote on the official novels, comic books, video games, the music, the girls, detailed looks into the life and lore of Ian Fleming, the use of Ian Fleming as a fictional character, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Bond parodies and ripoffs, James Bond and the Bible . . . and much more.
The collection was the brainchild of Texas Tech librarian Robert G. Weiner who sat down with Wes Britton to give you a whirlwind tour of all the topics and analyses in a very hefty tome including one of the best overviews of James Bond film music out there penned by, ah, er, Dr. Wes Britton.
So if you haven’t heard about the anthology, now’s your chance to discover a book belonging in the library of every James Bond fan out there-including you!
Wes chats with Bruce Scivally - Superman expert and author
It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!
Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway--there's a book title that says it all-the most comprehensive exploration of the many faces and kinds of Superman we've enjoyed over the decades on every form of popular media available courtesy of comic book expert Bruce Scivally. No matter how much you think you know about Kal El or Clark Kent or Lois Lane or the Fortress of Solitude, I guarantee this is a tome filled to the brim with surprises for every reader on nearly every page.
Happily, Bruce Scivally isn't just knowledgable about our favorite son from Krypton, he's a great story-teller who makes what could have been a dry academic tome a readable and engaging investigation of the world's most famous super-hero. Superman on Broadway? Not only does Superman leap over tall buildings in a single bound, he can do it carrying a Broadway-worthy tune or two-
So hop into your local phone booth-if you can find one-or simply click on your favorite Podcast platform and it's up, up, and away with Wes Britton's "Remember When" interview with Bruce Scivally.