Radio stars (Sept 1933)

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THE THINGS THEY'D LIKE TO FORGET Sad things. Mean things. Terrifying things. They happened in the lives of the radio stars, too. Some amazing confessions here friends were the epitome of sincerity and loyalty. There was one girl who was very close to her, a colored maid who had been with her for four or five years. Julia did everythiuf^ in the world that she could for the j^irl. She, in turn, thought that her maid was loyal and devoted to her. Then rumors began drifting in to Julia that her maid was stealing from her. She laughed at them. She stormed at those who told her such things. She. did not believe that anyone who had been so close to her would deliberate- ly do anything to hurt her. She did not believe till the shameful day when she was dragged out of bed at three o'clock in the morning, to be told that her maid was in the i)olice station, and bad stolen everything that Julia had in the world. The horror of her shattered faith—that is still with Julia Sanderson. Faith in humanity crumbled at such a blow. That betrayal by one she trusted is the thing Julia Sanderson would choose to forget if .she could. In a way, the thing that Phil Cook, the comedian of many voices, would choose to forget is not so very dif- ferent. To him, too, heartbreak came when a man he had regarded as his friend turned his back on him. Phil had known him for about five or six years and regarded this man as one of his greatest boosters. One day Phil's job on a commercial program ended. That didn't worry Phil. He was sure he could get another job. And then the thing hap[)ened which was to crucify him and shatter his faith. Phil went to see a potential spon- sor. The man he had regarded as his friend went to this ])os.sibIe .spon.sor and .said. "Why hire Phil? He's all washed up in radio. People arc tired of listening to him. They've been listening to him for three years and they're all fed up." To this day Phil Cook does not know why this man de- livered this terrible blow to his faith in real friendshi]). You know, of course, that Phil Cook was un{ washed up and that he is still entertaining audiences over tbc National Broadcasting Comjiany network. "But it is a bitter thing." he says, "to find out that someone who has been shaking your hand for five years and who you thought was your friend and booster would turn round and give you a kick like that. It wasn't the fear of not getting the job that hurt me. It was the loss of faith in someone 1 bad believed in. Things like that do something to your faith in humanity." WITH many radio stars, the thing they would like to forget is not .some disillusionment but the loss or illness of .sonieone who is close and dear to them. If Gertrude Berg, the mother of the (loldi)ergs—that amazingly real Jewish family—could forget just one thing, it would be the horror of her mother's continuous illness, which .started with a nervous breakdown ten years ago. They were so close to each other, (iertrude and her mother. From earliest childhood Gertrude worshii)pe(I this mother of hers. And yet they were more like friends than like mother and daughter. IConlinncd on page '50) 11