Paul Woodadge, military historian extraordinaire, contacted me recently to invite me on his podcast aptly titled WW2TV. Granted, I haven’t blogged here in a while but that was due mainly to the fact that I really did not have a reason to blog, that is until Paul Woodadge got in touch with me. 

Opening graphic created by Paul Woodage for his WW2TV podcast episode, “Point Blank! Lee Marvin’s War.”

Happened like this: Woodadge had messaged me via Twitter months ago, but since I rarely visit that platform, I was not aware of his attempt. Well, once I did check my messages there, I immediately looked into the show he does (all pretty much by himself, I might add), was impressed with his content — i.e. his amazing research — and decided to respond to his request. We chatted briefly and since he had an opening available due to a cancelled guest, we set up a day and time to record the! I checked with him about needing any images for his show and sent what I thought appropriate for a discussion on Lee Marvin’s military career and films. They were used of course, but he went even further, scouring the internet for graphics that corresponding to every single military-themed project Marvin ever did. As I said, he is a military historian extraordinaire: a stalwart Brit who’s lived in Normandy for 20 years just to be near the source of his WWII research!
I was slightly reticent to talk at length about the subject, thinking I’d give away too much info that’s in Lee Marvin Point Blank but he assured me, his viewers will still be intrigued as it will be more like a ‘Greatest Hits’ teaser, prompting them to want to buy the book. Fears allayed, we did the show. 
I should add, since it was live, I was not aware of the comments being made by viewers as it went out and was pleasantly surprised by what I later read on the YouTube recording later. That, by the way, includes regular follower of this blog, Shawn Marengo, whom I thank for her participation. All that said, below is indeed the full nearly two-hour broadcast. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed doing it. 
Oh, and if you haven’t done so, be sure to read Lee Marvin Point Blank to get the rest of the story!
– Dwayne Epstein

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4 thoughts on “PAUL WOODADGE

  1. Hi Dwayne,
    Wow, I was surprised you saw my comment about the PTSD case who would mutter “gonna jump” for hours over sips of alcohol in a working class bar in the pre-hippie Haight Ashbury district of SF in the early 60’s. I thought chat comments disappeared after their brief appearances on the screen.

    The comment I would have rather made, but would have been too long, was the thought that instantly came to mind after the conversation about the American Theatre Wing, Lee’s GI Bill education. Following Lee’s feature article in the Life Magazine of June 11, 1965, under the Life July 2 edition in Letters to the Editor, there’s a letter from a former ATW classmate who said Lee was outrageously funny, in contrast to the ‘heavy’ roles that would come later.

    • Hi Shawn,
      Your comment on YouTube was fine and as always, very fitting. The letter to the editor in LIFE was not something I was aware of but certainly not surprising. Thanks once again for the valuable input!

  2. Hi Dwayne,
    This is a little off topic, but I wanted to point out that today a Tonight Show video of Lee and Don Rickles was posted to You Tube. There is no mention of Lee if you try to search it by typing Lee’s name, it can only be searched by typing ‘KNBC-4 1972 The Tonight Show Johnny Carson’ in the search engine. The video that pops up shows Muhammad Ali and Lee in a Hawaiian shirt. The segment is between 5:45 and 14:27. It’s funny because Don, as the fill-in host, is so “on”, and Lee is so laid back, like he just woke up from a nap. And then there’s Don’s question at about 14:03, “does Karate mean anything to you?” like he’s trying to bring up his encounter with Lee at the Danny’s Hideaway restaurant that he described on the Tom Snyder show in the 1990’s, but Lee seems oblivious to the question.
    One more thing, this coming Wednesday the 25th, Lee’s appearance on Wagon Train, The Jose Morales Story, is on MeTV, 4:00 pm PST.

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