A woebegone old car, a harried department store clerk, a monosyllabic man in a sombrero, and a train announcer whose line ran somewhere between Orange County and the Twilight Zone are all memorable characters from The Jack Benny Program, and all the products of a single talented throat: Mel Blanc. "The Man of a Thousand Voices" was Carmichael the Polar Bear, who lived improbably in Jack's cellar.
"Mel Blanc is a genius."
"Reggie had always wanted to be an actress. And long ago she had decided that acting school would do more for her than college so her discovery of Adam Bentley's Acting School came at just the perfect time. She had graduated from high school and for several reasons her home, as she had known it, had disappeared. Reggie idolized Adam and found his theories of and training for ""organic acting"" fascinating.
For as long as she could remember, Sarah has had a frightening nightmare. In it, she inexplicably kills her mother. After this nightmare she feels compelled to steal something. Not just anything, but some particular item which seems significant. Yet over the years she couldn’t figure out the relevance of any of these stolen items. No one knows of Sarah’s problem and she has no solution, despite reading dozens of psychology books hoping to find the answer. Then Aunt Kat, her mother’s sister whom Sarah has never met comes to visit which begins a frustrating weekend.
"Grabbed me from the first sentence!"
"Could You Endure the World's Longest Nonstop Flight? Find out Who's King of the Long Haul" is from the May 26, 2016 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Mary Ann Anderson and narrated by Sam Scholl.