…Unfortunately, Wig Wiggins suffered an accident in October
which left him with a fractured left leg at the ankle in two places. Surgery
was then necessary and Wig is currently in a rehab facility as I write. Hopefully
he will be home by the time you are reading this and he will still be dealing
with the collection of members’ dues and other club matters. Perry Huntoon will handle the actual distribution of the USA
magazines with Scott Payne looking after the Canadian copies. Our sincere
thanks are due to Perry and Scott for undertaking this task.
sad news of the death of Jim Reilly who did so much for the club over many
years was received in August and Michael Crampton has written a heartfelt
tribute. We say farewell to Keith Parkinson in this issue and after
half-a-century of contributions to the Crosby cause he goes with our sincere
thanks for all he has done for us. David Lobosco has kindly agreed to take over
Keith’s films slot.
usual, we have a variety of articles on an assortment of subjects from the
regulars. Martin McQuade has been very busy on our behalf and he reports on his
various activities. Ken Crossland has made a
pilgrimage to Gonzaga and Richard Baker makes a valiant effort in Keeping Track to find new releases. The
ICC team is discussing ideas for future Crosby CDs to fill the void and we
shall shortly be approaching sympathetic record companies with suggestions. In the meantime, we still have Crosby Internet
Radio to entertain us.
Atkinson has a seasonal theme to his article and Graham Pascoe has some
interesting facts on Bing’s impact in Australia. Jason Liddiard
sends details of his latest Crosby gathering and there has been a lot of
activity to document in Bing on the Box.
a pleasure to welcome offerings from new contributors Patrick Sheppard, Lars
Roth, Jeremy Rose and Frans van der Kolff.
rare for something new to turn up nowadays, but Michael Feinstein has uncovered
a rare recording from 1944 with Bing speaking and singing in French!
We gave the sad news of Priscilla Koernig’s passing as a short “Stop Press” item in our last
issue and this time we have chance to make a fuller tribute.
Christmas approaches, we shall hear Bing all over the place and it’s a lovely
time to be a Crosby fan. We have a couple of articles reflecting the time of
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy
Malcolm Macfarlane - Editor
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CONTENTS OF THE WINTER ISSUE
‘S Wonderful – Celebrating
The Crosby Clambake in Warrington
the music of a holiday favorite
and a Generation X-er
Books ‘N’ Bing
Bing on the Big Screen
finds on the Internet
King of Jazz – British Film
On the Road
Letter from You
A Note from
Ken Crossland’s “Crosbyana”
The Magic of Bing
Bing on the
Once in a
Atkinson’s ‘The Crosby Years’
The Way We