Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Episode 28: Flywheel, Shyster, and Tefteller


It's always a treat to speak with someone who knew Groucho Marx in real life -- even more so if that person is a good storyteller. And if that person has also dedicated a lifetime to the preservation of rare Marx Brothers performances, then you must be speaking with John Tefteller.

Official description: "In our longest episode yet, we barely scratch the surface while talking to archivist John Tefteller. John has spent more than four decades accumulating rare Marx Brothers audio, and is producing a collection of the long-lost radio series Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel.

"John details how, as a high school sophomore, he was hired to be Groucho’s personal recording engineer and archivist. His stories of rare finds, heartbreaking misses, and colorful personalities will entertain you more than we ever did. You’ll even get to hear about John’s days as a teenage relationship counselor to Zeppo, and then Erin Fleming.

"Yes, your three hosts are on the show…but about as much as the Marxes are in The Story of Mankind.

"Name-checked in this episode: Bill Clinton, Perry Como, Ed Begley Jr."

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