Skip to main content



WHEN the President urged a wartime $25,000 limit on incomes, he sent shudders along many famous Hollywood spines. Pencils squeaked far into the night as name stars tried to squeeze six-figure budgets under the $25,000 ceiling.
But Bing Crosby can take the cut without a whimper. His huge income has never turned his head. He’s a regular fellow with a sincere love of things.
Bing’s non-working life centers around his family, his home, his horses and his wide range of sports interests. He lives well and owns two comfortable houses. Wife Dixie Lee manages them with very few servants, for home to the Crosbys is not a cross between Grand Hotel and Buckingham Palace. Bing and Dixie are home bodies, and the bright spots see them seldom.
Bing wants his four boys to be real kids. He may splurge in such matters as playground equipment for them, but he keeps them in public school.
Bing’s strictly an “old hat and slacks” dresser. He dresses for comfort, not splendor. It’s the same with cars. The singer drives his own, an old is a Ford station-wagon.
The horses sound like an expensive hobby, but they aren’t to Bing. His stable (KMH cracks to the contrary notwithstanding) pays its own way. His $400,000 investment in Del Mar Race Track has paid dividends for the duration.
When Bing seeks amusement outside his home, he’s usually to be found at the ball park or the boxing-arena or the golf course. It’s a pleasure to sit near Bing at the ball park and hear him explain the fine points of the game to a couple of his boys.
Bing is a golfer of near-championship caliber. When he and his pal and fellow comedian, Bob Hope, played benefit matches to aid the Army-Navy Emergency Relief, the fans came out for laughs and stayed to watch fine golf. Fortunately for Bing, baseball and golf are luxuries well within the range of a $25,000 income.
In the past Bing has been a heavy contributor to many charities. If the ceiling is slapped down, his time may have to replace his money gifts, but the charities benefiting from Bing’s appearances won’t be losers.
All in all, Bing should make out all right, ceiling or no ceiling. If his radio and record earnings and his salary for such movies as “Road to Morocco” should be taxed to the bone, the regular fellow who lives at Rancho Santa Fe will grin and bear it. He’ll still have his home, his family, and the same comfortable old clothes.

<GOLF”S A JOY to Bing (left) and one that the $25,000 ceiling won’t take away. Bing’s skill with clubs has brought cast to the Army-Navy Emergency Relief>

<SIMPLE but very livable, Bing’s true-Spanish-style house at Rancho Santa Fe (above) is a real home. Bing prefers lounging here to splurging in the Hollywood night-clubs>

<SELDOM PHOTOGRAPHED is Bing’s brother Larry, Shown with the singer in the picture on the left. As Bing’s public-relations manager, Larry is essential to Bing’s business>

<BING’S a happy horseman, for his stable pays its own way. But win, place or show, Crosby is a true sportsman. With his vacation scheduled to start this week, Bing will spend hours at the track>

<MR. AND MRS. CROSBY relax after tennis at Palm Springs. Dixie Lee is such a beauty that housekeeping talents seems too much to expect. But Dixie runs the Crosby home most efficiently and smoothly with the help of a very small staff of servants>

<THIRD ROAD is Bing’s and BobHope’s “Road to Morocco,” from which the pictures right and left were taken. The Bing Bob team of friendly enemies is producing box-office and salary revenue from which Uncle Sam will profit handsomely if the $25,000 salary ceiling is slapped on. Bing isn’t complaining, for he will live the life he likes, ceiling or no ceiling. Meantime he has the satisfaction of knowing that roaring comedies like “Road to Morocco” help national morale by easing war-frayed nerves>


Popular posts from this blog

"Was Jack Benny Gay?": The Amount of Weight In Jack Benny's Loafers

While doing research for an article I came across an unexpected search result: "Was Jack Benny Gay?" There was no more than the question as previously stated from the original poster, but the replies made for interesting reading, ranging from: Jack Benny Celebrating his 39th Birthday "Of course not, he was a well known skirt-chaser in his youth, and he was married to Mary Livingston for many years" "Sure he was, everyone in Hollywood with the possible exception of John Wayne was and is homosexual!" "Part of Benny's "schtick" was his limp-wristed hand-to-face gestures. He was not gay, but emphasized what his fans observed as "acting like a girl" for humor. While heterosexual Benny tried to gay it up, many really gay actors or comedians in those days tried to act as "straight" as they could muster." "... the idea behind his character was to have him a little on the ambiguous side. His charact


Old Time Radio Actor's Name, Character Played, Program Aaker, Lee Rusty Rin-Tin-Tin Aames, Marlene McWilliams, Lauralee Story of Holly Sloan, The Abbott, Judith Lawson, Agnes Aldrich Family, The Abbott, Minabelle Sothern, Mary Life of Mary Sothern, The Ace, Goodman Ace, Goodman Easy Aces Ace, Goodman Ace, Goodman Mister Ace and Jane Ace, Jane Ace, Jane Easy Aces Ace, Jane Ace, Jane Mister Ace and Jane Adams, Bill Cotter, Jim Rosemary Adams, Bill Hagen, Mike Valiant Lady Adams, Bill Roosevelt, Franklin Delano March of Time, The Adams, Bill Salesman Travelin' Man Adams, Bill Stark, Daniel Roses and Drums Adams, Bill Whelan, Father Abie's Irish Rose Adams, Bill Wilbur, Matthew Your Family and Mine Adams, Bill Young, Sam Pepper Young's Family Adams, Edith Gilman, Ethel Those Happy Gilmans Adams, Franklin Mayor of a model city Secret City Adams, Franklin Jr. Skinner, Skippy Skippy Adams, Franklin Pierce Emcee Word Game, The Adams, Guila Mattie Step M

Old Time Radio Shows "Transcribed" Explained

What does it mean on old time radio shows when you hear the show is "Transcribed"? During the Golden Age of Radio , "transcribed" programs were recorded and sent to stations or networks on a disc running at 16 rps. The discs are larger than 33 1/3s. "Transcribed" means it was recorded on a disc. "Recorded" was a term that was known, of course, but not used very much in Radio's Golden Age. During the era, it was also considered very important to distinguish which shows went out live and which were recorded (transcribed), so if a show was transcribed it was announced as such.  "Transcribed" was a colloquialism of the era. One reason they came up with it was because there was still enough skittishness about recording that "pre-recorded" sounded a little obscene inside the industry. CBS and NBC were live through the '30s and '40s. Yet line transcriptions were made for either the sponsor or its ad agency.