JANET GREENE RESEARCH NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Our biography of the obscure anti-Communist singer-songwriter Janet Greene almost never happened. Indeed, if it weren't for a distant relative of Greene's contacting CONELRAD with a cryptic e-mail, we never would have had the single piece of information that enabled us— finally— to locate and interview the artist. As many readers may know, we had previously posted a profile of Ms. Greene that relied mainly on excerpts from 1960s-era Christian Anti-Communism Crusade (CACC) newsletters. This new biography, which replaces the earlier profile, is a much more complete picture of Ms. Greene's remarkable life and career. In addition to our lengthy interview with the musician herself, we were able to find a number of additional resources that added significant details to Greene's story.
As we have noted elsewhere in this feature, CONELRAD would like to thank Janet Greene for speaking with us on two occasions in April and May of 2004.
We would also like to thank Dennis Hasty for providing the incredibly rare image of the "Al Lewis Show" newspaper advertisement used in our feature.
Joan Greenroos provided additional images and we are deeply indebted to her contribution. Thanks, too, to Marilyn Greenroos.In addition to Ms. Greene, the following interviews were conducted for this feature:
Bernard Kersker: 01/31/06
David Greenroos: 02/02/06
Larry P. Smith: 02/05/06
Al Lewis: 02/27/06
Unfortunately, we were not able to locate Janet Greene's anti-Communist era record producer, Del Katcher. If anyone knows of Mr. Katcher's whereabouts, please drop a dime to CONELRAD.
Mortimer C. Watters, Janet Greene's harassing nemesis at WCPO died on June 5, 1997 at the age of 87. The Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for the retired executive lauded him as a "TV pioneer."
Efforts to contact Dr. Fred C. Schwarz were not successful.
BOOKSChildren's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981 Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series The Scarecrow Press, Inc.; 1985; pp. 526-527 Author: George W. Woolery
Hi There, Boys and Girls: America's Local Children's TV Programs University Press of Mississippi; 2001; pg. 221 Author: Tim Hollis
Editor's Note: There is no mention of Janet Greene in Dr. Fred Schwarz's 599 page autobiography "Beating the Unbeatable Foe" (Regnery Publishing, Inc, 1996).
NEWSLETTERS"New Crusade Dimension: Music" CACC NEWSLETTER, October 1964
"Musical Counterattack" CACC NEWSLETTER, February 21, 1966
"Janet Greene" CACC NEWSLETTER, April 4, 1966
"Janet Greene" CACC NEWSLETTER, May 2, 1966
"Janet Greene" CACC NEWSLETTER, June 6, 1966
"Summer Schools of Anti-Communism for Students and Teachers" CACC NEWSLETTER, April 17, 1967
"Taking Stock for the Year 1999!" THE SCHWARZ REPORT, January 1999
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES"Many Soloists Are Featured In Tamburitz Performance" IRONWOOD (Michigan) DAILY GLOBE; September 12, 1956
"Dismissed Cinderella Is Carried To Jail On Disorderly Charge" CINCINNATI POST-TIMES; October 28, 1958
"'Cinderella' Gets Boot" CINCINNATI ENQUIRER; October 29, 1958
"Accuse TV Actress Of Disorderly Conduct" LANCASTER (Ohio) EAGLE GAZETTE / ASSOCIATED PRESS; October 29, 1958
"Jails Actress Six Hours For Bad Conduct" NEWARK (Ohio) ADVOCATE / ASSOCIATED PRESS; October 30, 1958
"Cinderella's Case Argued in Corridor" CINCINNATI POST-TIMES; December 11, 1958
"Cinderella Court Case Ends in Mistrial" CINCINNATI ENQUIRER January 21, 1959
"New Trial Set For TV Actress At Cincinnati" LANCASTER (Ohio) EAGLE GAZETTE / ASSOCIATED PRESS; January 21, 1959
"Cinderella Trial Reset For Monday" MANSFIELD (Ohio) NEWS JOURNAL / ASSOCIATED PRESS; January 22, 1959
"Cinderella Yelled Defiance, Detective Testifies At Trial" CINCINNATI ENQUIRER; January 28, 1959
"Cinderella Hurries Home To Children After Acquittal" CINCINNATI ENQUIRER; January 29, 1959
"Cindy Acquitted In TV Hassle" CINCINNATI POST-TIMES; January 29, 1959
"TV Actress Is Acquitted But Remains Fired" NEWARK (Ohio) ADVOCATE / ASSOCATED PRESS; January 29, 1959
"$500,000 Asked In Damage Suits" LANCASTER (Ohio) EAGLE GAZETTE / ASSOCIATED PRESS; September 2, 1959
"'The Story Of Celeste' Scheduled" LIMA (Ohio) NEWS; February 9, 1963
"Crusaders' Anti-Red Folk Songs Pay Off" LOS ANGELES TIMES; October 14, 1964
"Kennedy Death Blamed on Red Propaganda" LOS ANGELES TIMES; December 1, 1964
"Anti-Red Group Will Hear Dodd" LOS ANGELES TIMES; September 19, 1965
"Anti-Communist Rally to Be Tuesday" GLOBE-DEMOCRAT (St. Louis, Missouri); February 24, 1965
"Folksinger No Beatnik, Backs Vietnam War" GLOBE-DEMOCRAT (St. Louis, Missouri); October 15, 1965
"A Girl, A Guitar And A Message" GLOBE-DEMOCRAT (St. Louis, Missouri); April 8, 1966
"TV Pioneer Mort Watters Dies" CINCINNATI POST; June 6, 1997
"Mort Watters: Broadcasting Pioneer Jump-Started Television" CINCINNATI POST; June 7, 1999
WEBSITESThe Christian Anti-Communist Crusade (CACC)
The Uncle Al Show History Page (WCPO-TV)
Larry Smith Puppets (Uncle Al Show featured player)
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