Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen Department!

This is the Lum and Abner Museum in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. The small town in the (very very very popular) Lum and Abner radio show was named Pine Ridge, and it was based on a town called “Water,” which then changed its name to Pine Ridge. This is still the main claim to fame of the little town, and someone thought it would be a good idea, tourism-wise, to open a Lum and Abner museum, but I am not sure it has reinvigorated the town’s fortune. Who remembers Lum and Abner? It is funny how some comedians are eternal (or at least they last the century), like Jack Benny, Charlie Chaplin, Abbot and Costello; then some of them just fade away completely. Lum and Abner probably thought they were immortal.

The Lum and Abner radio show was very popular in the 1930s, at the time that Watt O’Hugh is writing his Memoirs, and L&A play a bit of a role in Book 3, as a result.