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Re: FW: Request about Web Site Feedback / Comments, WBZ

This rang a bell, but not as a contest (1962-1964 is shortly before my
time) but as a vocal exercise that I've heard used in improv & theater
circles during workshops, show warmups, etc. At the time, I vaguely
remember being told it came originally from Jerry Lewis. 

So putting internet skills to work I found this:


Apparently Jerry didn't create it, he just made it well-known. And
according to the page on the Jerry Lewis site, it's (drumroll) a test
originally given to prospective radio announcers to read cold, to see if
they could do it. 

-TC Cheever

"Casey, Peter J" wrote:
> Would anyone have a clue?
> Peter Casey
> Director of News & Programming
> WBZ NewsRadio 1030
> Casey@boston.cbs.com
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> From: Leslie Maciel [mailto:lamaciel@att.com]
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>         Back between 1962 and 1964 there was a contest on the radio.  You
> would
> play it and the caller would have to repeat it exactly to win.  It went from
> 1
> to 10.  One hen, two ducks, three squawking geese, four limerick oysters,
> etc.
> I would like to know what the entire thing was.  I think I can remember up
> to
> nine, but 10 was almost impossible because the person's voice would go
> faster
> and become more high pitched as he said it.  Is there anyone still there
> that
> would remember that contest.
> Leslie Maciel