Don McNeill's "Breakfast Club"


[From "Twenty Years of Corn"

"Corn and country ham continues to draw more people than caviar," reported a radio writer. "That's why Breakfast Club, a show by ordinary people like us, is so successful."

Reading remarks like this, fans couldn't understand why the show wasn't sponsored. One Breakfast Clubber from Wyoming went so far as to apply for the job. He wrote Don, "I have never done any sponsoring, but let me know about the duties and the pay!"

Don fulfilled a five-year-old dream when he conducted the show, pajama-clad, from his own bed at home. The cast and the orchestra carried on from the studio.

The Ranch Boys left to travel 4,000 miles across country on horseback and Annette King became Mrs. Frank Reid, Jr. Breakfast Club's first publication, a book of poems called Memory Time made its appearance.

Right: Highlight of 1938 was the "Breakfast in Bed" broadcast. Two year old Donnie participated with Don and Kay, but brother Tom was ill.

Left:The Vagabonds appeared on the Breakfast Club when Annette King, Walter Blaufuss and Don posed for this picture.

Right: Ranch Boys head for the wide open spaces. Left to right, Jack Ross, Hubert (Shorty) Carson and Joe (Curley) Bradley.

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