WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In bygone days when people gathered around living room radios rather than plasma televisions, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, gossip columnist Hedda Hopper or bandleader Spike Jones might drop in for "Breakfast in Hollywood" and a chat with Waynesboro native Tom Breneman.
In 1947, Breneman brought his ABC Radio program to his hometown for its sesquicentennial, an event that was re-created Friday morning with John Shindledecker hosting "Breakfast in Waynesboro," the kickoff for WaynesboroFest.
Instead of Hope or Crosby, Shindledecker had Mayor Richard Starliper, the Rev. H. Clayton Moyer and 100-year-old Lulu Baker among the "celebrities" who took part in the show, which was broadcast live on radio station WJEJ in Hagerstown.
Like Breneman in the 1940s, Shindledecker went into the audience to chat with some of the 150 guests and tell a few jokes.