Radio stars (May 1933)

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RADIO STARS SETH PARKER GOES TO SEA By JAMES A. ELLSWOOD, JR. Effie Palmer and Phillips Lord in their make-up as Mr. and Mrs. Seth Parker. Don't think for a moment that the broadcasts will be interrupted by Phil's absence. The Country Doctor was the second character which Phillips Lord created for the air. Here he is made-up to look like his idea of that love- able old character. WHEN the blood of seafaring forbears is in your veins, it never lets you rest. Phillips Lord, whom you know as Seth Parker and the Country Doctor, found that out. Phil Lord is going to sea. I like the finality of his answer to the urge that has burned within him. No cautious Cooks' touring for this son of deep-water sailormen. He goes like a Viking or rather, like one of those fishermen from his own "Down East" who have dared all the tempests of Heaven and still brought home their cargo. His ship is a four-master, a schooner that has already circled the globe thrice. He bought it from her master and hired him to captain her on this fourth circling. A ship built with a deep chest and a brawny shoulder to shove aside Neptune's mane. The day I saw her in a Brooklyn basin, she was called "Georgette." Her old nam* that. It will be changed. 18 Phil Lord may christen her "Seth Parker" ... or he may name her after his wife or one of his daughters. The day I boarded her an Arctic wind howled through her rigging. The deck was splotched with streaks of ice where water had struck and frozen. Her bare masts looked like icicles. She looked cold. And tough. When Phil Lord goes aboard with his crew this mid- summer, he will take her toward the hot countries. To- ward such dreamlands as Morocco, Egypt, Arabia, and the South Seas. Hot lands where strange things happen; where dark men and women love and hate and kill. Suppose your dreams included Borneo and Bali, Siam and Ceylon ? Suppose you had traveled down the wide horizon in idle fancy and then—then you found that the Gods had smiled and you might travel in actuality. Would you take the chance? Phil is taking it. But there is this difference. His chance is of his own making. Utterly his own. And so