We are sad to announce the passing of two members of our Leftscape family. Alan Semok, co-host Mary McGinley’s husband, passed away on Sunday, October 27. In this episode, Mary enumerates his many creative accomplishments and shares from a raw place of recent loss. Known as “The Dummy Doctor,” Alan Semok was a ventriloquist with a special expertise in repairing and restoring ventriloquist dummies. He was an accomplished actor and had many unique credits including performing as Larry of The Three Stooges and becoming the voice of Bela Lugosi. Tragically, Mary’s beloved nephew, the funny and talented Pat McCann, also died one week before Alan. Many thanks are in order to all who have listened to this show and who have reached out to Mary to help during this extraordinarily difficult time.
Considering the distressing nature of these recent events, All the News We Can Handle turns out to be on the lighter side. Stories include tracked eagles accruing outrageous roaming charges, Donald Trump getting booed at the World Series, and even a ridiculous “Florida Man” story. In a special Rewind segment, Robin Renée and Wendy Sheridan discuss Episode 60 featuring David Jamison and consider why Jewish people were not mentioned in the conversation on how we divide ourselves by race. The show begins in celebratory form with mentions of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Saxophone Day (November 6), National Men Make Dinner Day (November 7), National STEM/STEAM Day (November 8), World Science Day for Peace and Development and the US Marine Corps Birthday (November 10), and Veterans Day (November 11). The birthday people of the week are former pro tennis player Ana Ivanovic, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Lorde, Marie Curie, Gordon Ramsay, Carl Sagan, Emma Gonzalez, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Peaches.
In anticipation of the official launch of the Patreon page next week, The Leftscape will celebrate LIVE on Facebook, Friday, November 8 at 7pm from Philcon science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. Here is where you can become a patron.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Remembering Alan Semok (Episode 63)”