Tuesday, January 03, 2017

More on urban legends; the New York Times on "Our Miss Brooks" and the transistor

As illustrated in the IPBiz post of 3 January 2017 titled Drug patents, lemmings, and urban legends , urban legends, such as the suicidal lemmings, can persist for years after they have been de-bunked.

In the patent area, the urban legend popularized by Mark Lemley, of the transistor only as hearing aid, has persisted for years. [Note for example 8 JMRIPL 80 (2008)]

As noted in the 2004 post on IPBiz,
Inventors of transistor foresaw only a hearing aid application?
, the actual 1948 article in the New York Times was mainly about the radio show "Our Miss Brooks" and did not mention hearing aids at all:

For those interested, a copy of the article in the New York Times in 1948 (not 1947) is available on the internet. Hope you love Eve Arden and Our Miss Brooks! (Page 46 of July 1, 1948 issue of New York Times: http://people.msoe.edu/~reyer/regency/NYTimes.jpg)]

** "Our Miss Brooks" began as a radio program in 1948, featuring Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Jane Morgan, Gloria McMillan, and Jeff Chandler as Boynton. It transitioned to television in 1952, with Robert Rockwell replacing Chandler as Mr. Boynton. The tv and radio versions both died around 1956.
In strong contrast to the situation with "Our Miss Brooks," in the transition of "Gunsmoke" from radio to television, the primary roles were ALL recast, with James Arness assuming the lead role of Marshal Matt Dillon (not Robert Conrad); Dennis Weaver playing Chester Goode (not Parley Baer); Milburn Stone being cast as Dr. G. "Doc" Adams (not Howard McNear); and Amanda Blake taking on the role of Miss Kitty Russell (not Georgia Ellis). [The radio program lasted until 1961; the tv till 1975, with the tv show going from 30 minutes to 60 in 1961.]
In contrast to both "Our Miss Brooks" and "Gunsmoke," the radio version of "Have Gun Will Travel" was generated FROM the tv series. As wikipedia points out, "Have Gun" was the only significant American radio adaptation of a television series. John Dehner played Paladin in the radio show.

**As one bit of trivia, a 1953 tv episode of "Our Miss Brooks" concerned a physicist, Professor Anderson, who was selling a "Vitamin E4" by means of recruiting local teachers, with offers of high salaries, to be the makers and sellers. He apparently duped the teachers by showing them publications of other scientists to which he attached his own name. The 1953 price of E4 was $5 per bottle. In a recent broadcast of the episode, a sponsor was SeroVital, with Kym Douglas appearing in the ad.

**Separately, from Blawgsearch for 3 January 2017


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