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THE BIG LABOR DAY: Sgt. Joe Friday Confronts Porn and “Cougars”, 1950’s Style

As I have told my soon to be 15 year old son, the Modern Cop show was the personal creation of one man and one man only, Jack Webb.  Many an evening hour, my son and I have listened to one of my radio episodes of Dragnet and done the Father/Son bonding thing. We started out listening to the 1940’s Superman Serial episodes when he was five and eventually worked our way up to Dragnet as he got older (Ask my son what’s the first words out of Joe’s mouth at the beginning of every episode and he’ll tell ya: Day, Date, Time and Weather in LA – I am doing my best to make sure he grows up to be a true blue conservative)

Anyway, I’ve decided to make available a couple of these gems for my reading audience for listening and download.  In this episode, titled “The Big Producer“, every guys nightmare takes place.  It’s Tuesday,, Jan 18, 7:15AM, the weather is cool and you are a teenage kid in High School and you got some “Dirty” magazines stashed in your locker.  You look up and there is Detective Sgt Joe Friday, LAPD, staring you in the face and telling you to open your locker so he can search it. If you could, you would kill yourself right then rather than face up to what is about to happen.

In the second episode, called “The Big Hate“, Sgt Friday shows his softer side to a young man who was, in today’s parlance, having an affair with a “Cougar”. Unfortunately, said “Cougar” ups and dies in the young man’s arms in an empty freight car on the railroad.  At the 14:44 mark, make sure you catch Joe tenderly consoling the devastated young man by telling him about his lover, “She was a Drunk and a Bad One“.  Stay tuned to catch the end of the show summary of what happens (you know, where they announce the results of the investigation.)  Let this be a lesson and a warning on having a May-September romance….

And one can’t pay true homage to jack Webb without the famous “Copper Clapper” skit from a 1968 “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”:

Finally, as an added bonus, I am also making available a short mp3 that plays a sound in a frequency so high that adult ears, by the time they hit their mid to late 30’s, can’t hear, but fortunately, drives young teenagers up the wall. After you download it, with your Teenager nearby, turn you computer speakers ALL THE WAY UP and then hit play without giving your son/daughter a heads up… you will get a true kick out of their reaction.  I did it while my son had some friends over and they started screaming in agony all at once, begging for it to stop.

As you can tell from this post, I love my Son.

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