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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  1. I've not listened to a podcast for more than 20 minutes in years, but I spun this one twice. Now its time for me to spin up my contacts and get this stuff restored and released.

  2. It is totallly worth your time to listen to this fascinating episode---and the ending song by Groucho and Chico is icing on the cake!

  3. Replies
    1. Not sure if I posted this already (it doesn't appear now), but I've got an mp3 of that Circle episode, and John's done a great job of restoring it, judging by that "15 Bucks" segment. My copy sounds like it's coming over a speakerphone, while John's is like the original live broadcast.

  4. Wow!!! This is the first podcast of this series I've listened to. I'm not a big podcast guy except for the Beatles podcast "Things We Said Today", but I'm going to explore more of this series for sure!

  5. There is so much terrific information in this podcast that I listened twice and enjoyed it twice as much! Thanks!!


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