Podcast The Benoit Chronicles

Amusing Ourselves in the 50s

Entertainment was not easy to come by in my small  town of Adams Center, New York in the 1950s.


During the 1950s entertainment options were few for kids in our small village in upstate New York. With the help of radio, local minstrel shows, and Army troop convoys, though, we were routinely able to come up with enough things to see and do to keep us busy and amused during long summer days and in the snow wonderland that was winter.

Sign for This Train, Lieutenant

The Army’s system for signing for property is notorious among junior officers in that branch of the military. Some examples in this episode show how bizarre the process is and the lengths to which it is deployed.


The Army’s system for signing for property is notorious among junior officers in that branch of the military. Some examples in this episode show how bizarre the process is and the lengths to which it is deployed.

Snowbound in The Family Car

On a cold winter’s night in 1952, my father, mother, brother, sister and I became snowbound in the family car on a stretch of highway in Northern New York State. AWe spent all that night in the car. The following morning, local residents shoveled their way to our car and took us into the home of a nearby resident.


On a cold winter’s night in 1952, my father, mother, brother, sister and I became snowbound in the family car on a stretch of highway in Northern New York State. After spending all night in the car, local residents shoveled their way to our car and took us into the home of a nearby resident. We spent the day waiting for the snowplow to clear the highway while we got to know the other travelers who were stranded with us.

The Great Fire of 1954

This is the story of a fire at my father’s business in a small upstate New York village. Heedless of any danger, we children rushed to the scene and began carrying items from his and the other affected businesses to the lawn adjacent to the store.


Podcast Volume 1, Number 2 is titled The Great Fire of 1954. It is the story about a fire at my father’s business in Adams Center, a small village in upstate New York. We kids rushed to the site of the fire and joined other members of the community, carrying items from my father’s store and placing them outside on the lawn. No one from the fire department tried to keep us from running in and out of the burning building until nearly everything was removed. The fire was a day of excitement of us kids, but not so much fun for my parents.

Radio Days

This is a reminiscence about a young man’s obsession with radio broadcasting. I take you behind the scenes at a small local radio station in rural Northern New York State. As the only person in the station, I alone determined what hundreds of listeners listened to on the air during some long Sunday afternoons in the early 1960s.

Podcast Volume 1, Number 1 is titled Radio Days: This is a reminiscence about a young man’s obsession with radio broadcasting. I take you behind the scenes at a small local radio station in rural Northern New York State. As the only person in the station, I alone determined what hundreds of listeners heard on the air during some long Sunday afternoons in the early 1960s.