July 12: Come Inside the Golden Age of Radio (with Harry Goldson)
Friday, July 12
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Beginning in the 1930s, the Golden Age of Radio brought drama, music, news, and variety shows into the living room of practically every American household. This Summinar will recall those glory days—when soap operas enlivened the tedium of the housewife’s daily routine, when instantaneous
newscasts became regular events, and when we could listen to great symphony orchestras and grand opera live in concert, dance to big bands broadcasting from major ballrooms coast to coast, and enjoy star-studded drama and comedy shows at no charge and in the privacy of our homes. This Summinar will recall many of the major programs, with relevant details and inside stories. A time like no other!
Harry was born in Chicago and grew up on the city’s West Side. A high school dropout, at seventeen he went on the road playing saxophone and clarinet with some of the most noted big bands across the country. Harry was drafted into the armed services during the Korean Conflict and ended up in Army Intelligence as a cryptographic analyst. Following three years of service, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, and he then embarked upon a highly successful banking career in Los Angeles and Chicago. Harry became a CPA in 1984 and joined a Chicago accounting firm, in addition to becoming a founding director of a medical management corporation. He left the world of finance in 1986 and moved to Leelanau County. Since residing here, he and his wife Piper have owned Suttons Bay Galleries, featuring museum quality fine art, for 30 years. Piper and Harry also founded the Suttons Bay JazzFest. Harry never completely left the music scene and has recorded 9 CDs, one of which was taken aboard the Endeavour spacecraft in 2008 for a 12-day mission. Harry continues to play private parties and concerts.